Holliday Grainger Feels Like a King in “Cormoran Strike”


In a recent interview with Collider, actress Holliday Grainger spoke on getting to play Robin Ellacott in J.K. Rowling’s “Cormoran Strike” TV series.

Holliday Grainger’s career has spanned a number of different characters, everything from the formidable Lucrezia Borgia to one-half of history’s most dangerous couple in “Bonnie & Clyde” to Cinderella’s not-so-ugly stepsister.

Now, she takes on the role of Robin Ellacott in J.K. Rowling’s upcoming “Cormoran Strike” TV series and recently spoke with Collider about the role.

“I had been dying to get out of a corset,” Grainger confessed in the interview.

On Robin Ellacott and JKR

She revealed that Ellacott is the character most similar to herself that she’s played in awhile.

“I just recognized myself and my friends in her. She displays the aspects of being a woman that my friends and I would certainly like to have. I just felt like a king with Robin, and I wanted to portray her,” Grainger said.

The 29 year old, Manchester-born Grainger also spoke on JKR’s presence on the set.

“She’d come to all of the read-throughs and she was quite involved with watching all of the footage and giving feedback. It was great to be a part of a world that she has created,” she said.

Perhaps revealing her inner Potterhead, Grainger added: “J.K. Rowling has created worlds that we all know and love.”

Rowling told Variety in October that she was pleased with Grainger’s casting.

“I couldn’t be more delighted about the casting of Holliday Grainger, who brought my Robin to perfect onscreen life during her audition,” Rowling said.

The novels

“Cormoran Strike” is a series of novels first published in 2013 under pseudonym Robert Galbraith, later discovered to be the work of one J.K. Rowling.

The novels center on Londoner Cormoran Strike, a war veteran turned private detective in his early thirties, and his assistant, Robin Ellacott.

“Cormoran Strike” will air on BBC One. Tom Burke, who is best known as Athos in “The Musketeers,” plays titular character Cormoran in the TV series. Kerr Logan (Matthos Seaworth in “Game of Thrones”) plays Matthew Cunliffe.

In October, HBO acquired the rights to air the series in the US and Canada.

Filming began in November 2016. The series is executive produced by JKR and slated to air this year, but no official broadcast date has been announced yet.

Next: Holliday Grainger Cast as Robin in Cormoran Strike Mysteries

In the meantime, look for the fourth Cormoran Strike novel, “Lethal White,” also to be released sometime this year.