Interview with Holliday Grainger, Star of BBC One’s “Strike”

Later this month, BBC One’s adaptation of Robert Galbraith’s Strike premieres on television, and we had a chance to sit down with Holliday Grainger, who plays Robin Ellacot, and chat about her experience working on the show.

Speaking effusively about her role, Grainger believes everyone has a bit of Robin in them. While reading the books and later the script, she couldn’t help but feel like she was really meant to play the part and subsequently really enjoyed getting a chance to dive into Robin’s backstory and her characterizations.

Everyone is wondering how much contact Grainger had with J.K. Rowling during production, but Grainger says not a lot. She was aware of edits J.K. Rowling had made to the scripts, and there were notes passed down to the actors through other producers, but she wasn’t very hands-on and didn’t offer any insight into Robin’s character.

I think she does write in such a way that is just so clear. I mean, we all love the world of Harry Potter because it’s so meticulously written and well-rounded and believable, and it’s whole and it’s solid. And the same with the characters in the Strike series – it’s like we know who Strike is and we know who Robin is. And I think that there’s a clarity in that that really doesn’t need much discussion.

As for stunts in the show, Grainger was more than thrilled to do them. She recalls her favorite moment on set, driving around in the woods in Robin’s Land Rover and filming a car chase for a later episode. She likened it to driving a go-kart but in a real car, and she really enjoyed being able to “get out from behind [her] desk.”

For everyone wondering which Harry Potter House Robin would be Sorted into, Grainger has contemplated it and come up with an answer for us!

The Sorting Hat would probably have a bit of a chat to itself about whether to put her in Ravenclaw or Gryffindor. Had she have been Sorted before uni, she’d have probably been put in Ravenclaw. But if she’d been Sorted after uni, she would be put in Gryffindor. 

You can read the full transcript of the interview below, although there are spoilers in it from the later Cormoran Strike novels. Don’t forget – Strike premieres on BBC One later this month, and we have a spoiler-free review of the first episode!

Full Transcript with Holliday Grainger, Thursday, August 10, 2017