September 25,2014
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September 21,2014
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Holliday Grainger is not, repeat not, posh. But she is also well aware that there might be a perception problem here.

‘I think a lot of people assume that I am a posh, public-school blonde, and a lot of people are shocked that I’m not.’

The assumption, she admits, is forgivable. First there’s her name, like something straight out of an F Scott Fitzgerald novel (her parents were just playing word association with Mollie and Billie, she says). Then there’s her recent career, where she has shone in an array of well-heeled roles, many of them with her brown hair dyed a regal blonde, playing every shade of aristo from Lucrezia Borgia in the TV series The Borgias, to a baroness in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina and Estella in Mike Newell’s Great Expectations. Not to mention Lady Chatterley, the role she starts filming next month (opposite Game of Thrones’s Richard Madden as her gamekeeper-lover Mellors), in the new Jed Mercurio-directed adaptation of the D H Lawrence classic, to be screened on BBC One next year.

Her latest role in Lone Scherfig’s film adaptation of Laura Wade’s award-winning stage play Posh, now called The Riot Club, might also suggest a degree of la-di-da-ness. Except that in The Riot Club, for once, her character is the working-class heroine.

The film charts the course of one anarchic evening gone bad for a crop of filthy rich, entitled and thoroughly spoilt students at an Oxford University dining club – evidently The Riot Club is based on the Bullingdon Club, the exclusive all-male society at Oxford notorious both for its illustrious former members, including David Cameron and Boris Johnson, and also for their heavy drinking and sometimes dreadful behaviour.

The film boasts some illustrious names from the cream of young British acting talent – Douglas Booth, Freddie Fox, The Hunger Games’s Sam Claflin, Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay and Game of Thrones’s Natalie Dormer. Holliday’s Lauren is the chalk to the braying poshos’ cheese, a grounded Northern girl who falls in love with new recruit Miles (Max Irons) and tries to steer him away from the club. Lauren was a character created especially for the film, and it’s hard to imagine that Laura Wade didn’t have Holliday Grainger in mind, so striking are the parallels.

‘I do see a lot of me in Lauren, actually. She’s a Northern girl, not posh, who is obviously very intelligent and quite socialist in her views. She has got into Magdalen College along with the boys. I think of her as representing the modern Oxford, Oxford as it is now – except the truth is that there are still elements of The Riot Club at Oxford even today. Some of the male actors did their research and chatted to people, and it actually sounds as though what goes on in this movie is quite tame compared to what happens in real life.’

Holliday has been acting since childhood, in a string of roles from the BBC’s 1994 comedy All Quiet on the Preston Front (when she was six), via Where the Heart Is and on to Waterloo Road, before her big break in The Borgias. But in all that time, Lauren, she says, is ‘the only character I haven’t had to research. She’s the only one that I wasn’t nervous about because, basically, she’s me.’

Not only is Holliday from Manchester, smart and engaging, but she applied to Oxford herself – and to Magdalen College. ‘I went for four days of interviews at Magdalen. I didn’t know it was the most oversubscribed college. I just basically chose it because it looked pretty and had wi-fi. I arrived at the interviews and I was the only Northern girl there.’

What she also didn’t know was that Magdalen has a reputation. ‘It’s the very posh, old-school college. I was shocked when I arrived at how “other” I felt. I was always sort of the posh one at my local comprehensive [her mother, who raised her, was a graphic designer] and so I had never experienced feeling so working class and Northern – even though I’m not!
‘After a couple of days at the interviews, some jokes started to go round about the “two Northerners”, which was me and this guy from Birmingham. I was, like, “Mate, Birmingham’s not even in the North.” But I’m not sure they were too bothered about the geography.

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September 20,2014
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The scene where Holliday Grainger’s character, Lauren, arrives to witness this grotesque debauch, and is presumptuously invited to partake for money, was a particularly hard one to shake off.

“It’s hideous. I mean, I’m going into a scene having to say our sperm is so special you should be paying us for it. What kind of a line is that to be saying? And poor Holly and Jess [Brown Findlay]. They would come into that lair every day when we were filming in the room. And as soon as we’d get going, it would be like a furnace of hideous banter. Even when the camera’s not rolling, we were throwing it around, and creating this whirlwind of disgustingness. One of them said: ‘Douglas creeps me out on set!’ We left that day and just felt gross.”


September 19,2014
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September 18,2014
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September 18,2014
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September 17,2014

September 17,2014
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Congratulations, you’re one of the most likeable characters in The Riot Club.

Yeah, mind you, I don’t think it’s that hard. There was a scene in a pub that was a hard scene to shoot. We tried to find the point when it turns from a bunch of guys being bloody rude to her feeling quite sexually threatened.

What do you think is the message of the film?

I think it’s about social injustice. What these boys do is almost forgivable when you look at them as just young lads who have taken a lot of alcohol and drugs, and things spiral out of control. But it’s what they do mixed with their political viewpoint. That’s what’s quite scary, when you think that this is a privileged class of boys pushing each other into positions of power. If they’re in the position of ruling an entire country, how are they going to have empathy with a different class?

Have you ever been a member of a club?

I was a temporary member of a private members’ club when I was at the Donmar Warehouse for a few months and I’m a gym club member. How boring!

Do you go to the gym a lot?

I never bloody go! It’s a complete waste of money! I used to go swimming before school. I was disgustingly motivated back then but for the last year, I haven’t actually used it. I enjoy jogging. I’ve got quite addicted to jogging.

Any other addictions?

Not that I can tell you about, darling!

Did you hang out with the boys during the shoot?

Not really. It was necessary for them to feel a sense of camaraderie. They’d be chatting in the back of the car about what they were doing at the weekend and they were like: ‘Oh, do you want to come?’ And it’s like: ‘It’s OK, guys, this is some process you need to go through as a group for this movie.’ But bless them, it worked. They’re a group of peers who all probably go up for the same parts but there was no sense of testosterone or competition. They could not be more polar opposites from the guys they were playing, they are so sensitive, they’re lovely.

How was working with Max Irons?

Max is lovely, we got on really well and we work well together.

You have great chemistry with him in the film.

It’s not hard. You just have to have rather sparkly eyes!

When did you last laugh really hard?

I laughed so hard my belly hurt after a whole day of press. I couldn’t formulate my words over the phone to my mate, the phone call just descended into ten minutes of me going BLLLLWWWW! [blows a raspberry] and for some reason it’s that very childish toilet humour – literally talking s***. It’s like your tongue needs a warm down, it sends you slightly psychotic when you’ve been on the same thing all day so hysteria comes out.

What do you get up to when you go out with your mates?

Usually it involves going out for dinner and going back to someone’s house and sitting on the floor drinking wine, listening to music, more wine and no one ever sits on the sofa.

What gets you excited?

When I’ve not had a day off for ages and I wake up and have that sort of anxious feeling of what time is it? What am I doing? Oh, nothing! [cackles]. And seeing my mum when I haven’t seen her for a while. Also starting a job that you’ve prepared for so you know you can just dive right in.

What gets your goat?

My mate and I were walking down the street and some guy followed us on a bike, being quite weirdly sexually threatening. Then some guy shouted at us out of a van, then another one shouted at us down the road and what did we get called? A slut, or a bitch, for not turning round. You forget that exists, then something like that happens and you think: how is that possible? Are you not embarrassed with yourself for doing that?

What’s coming up work wise?

I’ve got Cinderella, I’ve got Tulip Fever, it’s about love, lust and desire, set against the backdrop of the tulip trade. Then I’m doing Lady Chatterley’s Lover and a film called The Finest Hours about coastguards.

You sounds busy – nicely busy or manic busy?

Yes, nicely busy until you look at your schedule. People are like: ‘Are you going to book that horse riding lesson in?’ Literally, I’ve just been in Toronto, give me a minute! For the first time ever, I thought: how much is a PA?

Did you hire one?

Nah, I’ll go on to my phone’s calendar.


September 10,2014
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