WCW: Holliday Grainger


Yesterday, March 27, was Holliday Grainger’s birthday, and it’s about time we giver her some Woman Crush Wednesday love. She was luminous as Lucrezia Borgia, restrained as Lady Chatterley, and she’s appeared in Victorian frocks, 1920s biopics, and so much more. Let’s wish her a belated birthday!


Sophia in Merlin (2008)

Holliday Grainger, Merlin (2008)

OK, so it’s more fantasy than medieval — is that why she’s in a lake?

Holliday Grainger, Merlin (2008)

Head necklace reveal!


Meg in Robin Hood (2009)

Holliday Grainger, Robin Hood (2009)

Uh oh, this isn’t going to end well…

Holliday Grainger, Robin Hood (2009)

But at least she got some smoldering looks from Richard Armitage first!


Tess Scabius in Any Human Heart (2010)

Holliday Grainger, Any Human Heart (2010)

Pretty 1930s.


Diana Rivers in Jane Eyre (2011)

Holliday Grainger, Jane Eyre (2011)

One of the distant relatives Jane discovers late in the story.


Suzanne Rousset in Bel Ami (2012)

Holliday Grainger, Bel Ami (2012)

Pretty costumes, but not a good movie.

Holliday Grainger, Bel Ami (2012)


Baroness in Anna Karenina (2012)

Holliday Grainger, Anna Karenina (2012)

A small part…

Holliday Grainger, Anna Karenina (2012)

That yields some amusing gifs!


Estella in Great Expectations (2012)

Holliday Grainger, Great Expectations (2012)

Gorgeous costumes and hair in this Dickens adaption!

Holliday Grainger, Great Expectations (2012)


Lucrezia Borgia in The Borgias (2011-2013)

Holliday Grainger, The Borgias (2011-2013)

She gives a fabulous portrayal of a much-maligned historical figure.

Holliday Grainger, The Borgias (2011-2013)
Holliday Grainger, The Borgias (2011-2013)

Look at that hair!


Bonnie Parker in Bonnie & Clyde (2013)

Holliday Grainger, Bonnie & Clyde (2013)

Kind of a glammed-up version of the gangsters’ story.

Holliday Grainger, Bonnie & Clyde (2013)

But it’s fun to watch.


Lady Constance Chatterley in Lady Chatterley’s Lover (2015)

2015 Lady Chatterley’s Lover

A little bit of a rewrite of the novel.

Holliday Grainger, Lady Chatterley's Lover (2015)


Louise in My Cousin Rachel (2017)

2017 My Cousin Rachel

A small role in this movie remake.

Holliday Grainger, My Cousin Rachel (2017)


Maria in Tulip Fever (2017)

Tulip Fever (2017)

The lady’s maid who becomes entangled in a complicated plot.

Holliday Grainger, Tulip Fever (2017)

Rocking both the fancy garb and the simple stuff!



What’s your favorite of Holliday Grainger’s historical costume movie/TV roles?

10 Responses

  1. Susan Pola Staples

    I absolutely adore Ms Holliday Grainger. I believe she’s got an ideal face for period drama. My favourites are Lucrezia in The Borgias, Maria in Tulip Fever (literally her character goes from rags to riches and keeps her lady played by Alicia Vikander a friend.) Other favourites are Suzanne in Bel Ami, Estella in Great Expectations and Lady Chatterley.

    I’m going to have to find Anna Karenina and Merlin for her alone.

    My least favourite is Bonnie & Clyde bc I’m not a fan of gangster films.

    She’s great in modern day too. Her latest series Strike is based on the Cormoran Strike mysteries written by J. K. Rowling.

  2. picasso Manu

    As said above, a really wonderful physique for historical pieces. Rare to find someone that suits from renaissance upwards. I have one question, though: How is that beheading block supposed to work? I can’t see a way where the axe isn’t going to get stuck and make a mess of things. C’mon, this is NOT the time to do things half way!

    • Rori

      It’s one of the main reasons why French decided to use the guillotine instead in the 18th century lol.

      • picasso Manu

        Yeah, I know, I am French (some would say exceedingly so). And when there wasn’t a pro around, it could turn into a literal hash. Still, it bothered me, so I went to check: Front and back of the block was slanted, but it was a flat surface! Good, because with that one you’re more likely to chop wood instead of neck.

  3. Adina

    I cheered out loud when I saw this post.
    I have a gigantic crush on Holiday Grainger. I’ve watched Borgias and Bonnie & Clyde multiple times just for her.

    • minette

      SAME! She’s one of the most gorgeous women I’ve ever seen, no question!

  4. Issy

    I have the biggest woman crush on Holliday Grainger. She’s a wonderful actress and actually fits historical beauty ideals and has this innate grace mixed with a pinch of mischief, and is just plain gorgeous. I could go on for days…
    She and the costumes were about the only thing that made Tulip Fever enjoyable for me. I hope she makes many more historical films.

  5. Alys Mackyntoich

    Oh my God that purple dress as Estella! And I don’t even like that book or that period!

  6. Anna

    Oooh, I love Holliday Granger! She’s just scrumptious, like marzipan, and the best face/physique for historical dramas – fell in love with her as Lucrezia and has been a fan ever since!