Holliday Grainger, born on 27 March, 1988, in Didsbury, Manchester is an English actress primarily active in television. Over the past couple of years, she has moved into films. She has previously been credited as Holly Grainger.

Personal life

Grainger attended Parrs Wood Technology College where in August 2006, in her A Levels: she scored two A’s (in Biology and English Language), and scored two B’s (in English Literature and General Studies). Grainger also achieved an A in her AS Level Spanish. Grainger was also a pupil at The Madeley School Of Dance. In 2007, Grainger started a degree in English Literature at the University of Leeds, which she decided to continue with the Open University, due to her hectic filming schedule.

She is of part-Italian descent through a grandfather.


In May 2010, Grainger was named one of the 55 faces of the future in Nylon magazine’s Young Hollywood Issue.

In 2011, Grainger became a series regular on the Showtime television series The Borgias, portraying Lucrezia Borgia. She also appears in a pair of 2011 films – Jane Eyre, playing one of the Rivers sisters opposite Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender, and the upcoming Bel Ami, alongside Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman. In June 2011, Grainger was cast as Estella in Mike Newell’s film adaptation of Great Expectations, opposite Jeremy Irvine and Helena Bonham Carter.


Agent and filmography: Troika Talent

Other agents:

LBI Entertainment