Holliday Grainger's meteoric rise to stardom continues with the news she has been cast as Lucrezia Borgia in an epic television drama about the ruthless family who ruled Renaissance Italy.
She will play opposite Jeremy Irons and Derek Jacobi in Showtime's ten-part series The Borgias, which starts shooting in Budapest in July.
According to Baz Bamigboye's article, executives for the U.S. cable channel Showtime met with other actresses in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris and Rome and screen-tested scores of young women - some of them big-name stars - before they decided Holliday was their 'chosen one'.
Lucrezia is a star-making part. She was supposedly the most vilified woman in history. One Italian historian called her 'the greatest whore there ever was' and a femme fatale of the highest order. Others assert she was unfairly pilloried, perhaps for the sins of her father and brothers.
Holliday has just been shooting Any Human Heart for Channel 4 with fellow rising star Sam Claflin (about to start filming on Pirates of the Caribbean 4) and recently completed shooting on films Jane Eyre and Bel Ami (with Robert Pattinson). After working steadily as a child actress on TV, she made her film debut in last year's successful indie films The Scouting Book For Boys and Awaydays and it's become clear she is now on her way to major Hollywood stardom.