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Holliday Grainger cast as Robin Ellacott in J.K. Rowling's Cormoran Strike BBC series
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Holliday Grainger cast as Robin Ellacott in J.K. Rowling's Cormoran Strike BBC series

Holliday Grainger, star of The Borgias and Great Expectations, has secured a key role in the BBC's adaptation of J.K. Rowling's Cormoran Strike detective series. 

Grainger will play Robin Ellacott, the personal assistant to Strike, a private investigator and the illegitimate son of a famous rock star who lost part of a leg in a bombing in Afghanistan. Though she begins as personal assistant Robin quickly moves into being a detective alongside Strike. 

Cormoran Strike has been the subject of three novels from Rowling, who writes in this case under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith. The role of Strike will be taken by Tom Burke, star of The Musketeers and War and Peace. 

Speaking about the role, Grainger said: "I’m thrilled to be joining the talented creative team behind ‘The Strike Series,’ especially with the role of Robin Ellacott. Her grounded strength and intelligence is going to be a joy to explore. I can’t wait to dive straight into the wit and grit of Strike’s cannily well-observed London."

J.K. Rowling added: "I couldn’t be more delighted about the casting of Holliday Grainger, who brought my Robin to perfect onscreen life during her audition. We’ve now secured two superb actors in the lead roles and I think they will create something very special together. 

Rowling's novels will be broadcast as three separate event dramas, with her first novel Cuckoo's Calling coming in three parts and its follow-ups The Silkworm and Career Of Evil coming in two parts. Filming begins later this month. 

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