Holliday Grainger To Join Tom Burke In Rowling’s Strike

As J.K. Rowling’s Strike series readies to begin shooting in London this November, the BBC has announced that Holliday Grainger will play Cormoran Strike’s assistant, Robin Ellacott.

Tom Burke (War And Peace) is cast as Strike, a war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street. Though he’s wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s unique insight and his background as an SIB Investigator prove crucial in solving three complex cases which have eluded the police.

Meanwhile, Holliday Grainger (Lady Chatterley’s Lover) will play Robin, assistant to Strike. Though she begins as a temporary secretary, managing Strike’s chaotic life, she soon becomes involved with his caseload and he begins to see her true potential.

Holliday Grainger says: “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.”

The Strike series will comprise The Cuckoo’s Calling (3 x 60 minutes), The Silkworm (2 x 60 minutes) and Career Of Evil (2 x 60 minutes) and will be produced as three separate event dramas. Ben Richards (Spooks) will write The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm, whilst Tom Edge (Lovesick) will write Career of Evil.