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Holly Aird was born in Aldershot, Hampshire on the 18th May 1969. She showed a huge interest in ballet so started to attend a local dance school. At the age of nine, young Holly was picked out by a casting director to star in "The History of Mr. Polly" (1980).Her first acting appearance went well, and she began getting even more roles such as The Tale of Beatrix Potter (1982) (TV) and "The Flame Trees of Thika" (1981).It was around the time that Holly was filming The Flame Trees of Thika that her parents divorced but they stayed good friends and were always supportive in her pursuit of fame.Holly is one of only a few actresses that manage the difficult transition from child/teenage actor to adult actress. She is now most well known as Nancy Thorpe/Garvey in "Soldier Soldier" (1991) and more recently for her role as forensic pathologist, Frankie Wharton, in the BBC series "Waking the Dead" (2000) which she left at the end of season four to concentrate on her family.Her personal life certainly hasn't been easy. Holly married actor James Purefoy but they divorced in 2002, only a few years after the birth of their son Joseph who suffered from a rare blood disease which had both mum and dad at his bedside in the hospital. Joseph has now recovered and Holly has had a second child, Nelly, with her husband, Toby Merritt, after meeting him on the set of Waking The Dead's second season.