A beautiful young woman who is also wise beyond her years, Lucrezia holds a special place in her father, Pope Alexander's heart. After a disastrous arranged marriage ended in annulment, scandal, and an illegitimate son fathered by a stable boy, Lucrezia is determined to have control over her own destiny, much to her father's dismay. She rejects suitor after suitor, but finally settles on Alfonzo of Aragon (with her father's approval).
Audiences most recently saw Holliday Grainger in the pivotal role of Estella in the critically acclaimed feature adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic GREAT EXPECTATIONS, opposite Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes, directed by Mike Newel. Prior to this, Grainger was seen alongside a stellar cast, including Jude Law, Keira Knightley, and Aaron Johnson in ANNA KARENINA. Earlier last year, she played the role of Suzanne Rousett in BEL AMI, a film drama in which she starred alongside Robert Pattinson.
She first garnered attention when she took on the role of Emily in THE SCOUTING BOOK FOR BOYS, a film previewed to critical acclaim at the London Film Festival and winner of the Best British Newcomer Award for its writer, Jack Thorne. That same year, she played the role of Mollie in Pat Holden's feature AWAY DAYS, written by Kevin Sampson and starring Stephen Graham. In 2011, she was seen in a much-lauded adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's JANE EYRE accompanied by a stellar cast, including Dame Judi Dench, Jamie Bell, Mia Wasikowska, and Michael Fassbender.
In addition to her film and stage credits, Grainger's television portfolio is extensive. She starred in the BBC's drama FIVE DAUGHTERS, as well as reprising her role as Sharon Bilkin in the second season of ABOVE SUSPICION, based on the adaptation of Lynda La Plante's best-selling crime novels. She also starred as Dirty Debbie in the BBC Three pilot STANLEY PARK and has also taken on roles in the U.K. television series DEMONS, MERLIN, ROBIN HOOD, and BLUE MURDER. Grainger was also recognized for her character of Charlie Cooper in a one-off television adaptation of Kate Long's novel THE BAD MOTHER'S HANDBOOK; Grainger starred opposite Catherine Tate, Anne Reid, and Robert Pattinson in this popular comedy drama. Other television credits include WAKING THE DEAD and WATERLOO ROAD for the BBC, and WHERE THE HEART IS for ITV.
Grainger made her stage debut in the four-handed play DIMETOS alongside Jonathan Pryce, Anne Reid, and Alex Lanipekun as the role of Lydia in Athol Fugard's 1975 tale of a reclusive engineer harboring a destructive passion for his niece.