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11 Cool Things About the Outlander Cast You Never Knew

The Outlander cast is full of talented actors and actresses who have become dear to fans of the show. Like any die-hard fan worth their weight in crème de menthe, I wanted to know more about the people behind the corsets and kilts. I went digging for some interesting trivia about the main members of the cast and struck gold.

See if you knew any of these interesting facts about the Outlander cast.

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#1 Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser)

Jamie Fraser as a printer on Outlander

A. Malcom MacKenzie, a.k.a. Jamie Fraser

Sam Heughan and William Shatner are good, if unlikely, friends. Their friendship began when Heughan discovered that Shatner was a fan of Outlander and had been Tweeting about him. The two of them had lunch and became fast friends.

Now they have a friendly rivalry. Heughan and Shatner went head to head in RadioTimes’ League of Fandoms, where fans voted for their favorite actors. Plus, they frequently torment each other on Twitter, like when Sam Heughan commentated William Shatner’s horse riding talents. However, they also post words of encouragement.

#2 Caitriona Balfe (Claire Fraser)

Claire Randall on Outlander

Claire Randall

Caitriona Balfe was a runway fashion model before she was an actress. She grew up in the village of Tydavnet, Ireland, near Monaghan. At 19, she was discovered by a model scout in Dublin. Then, she left Ireland and traveled the world as a model.

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#3 Tobais Menzies (Frank Randall / Black Jack)

Frank Randall on Outlander

Frank Randall

Tobias Menzies is a very talented actor, so it’s no surprise that he has had starring roles in two different HBO series. He played Marcus Junius Brutus in Rome, and Edmure Tully on Game of Thrones.

#4 Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall)

Roger Wakefield Brianna Randall Outlander

Roger Wakefield and Brianna Randall

Sophie Skelton stars in a web series, called Ren: The Girl with the MarkRen is an original fantasy series by Kate Madison. Madison and her team were able to produce the web series after fans chipped in more than £35,000 for a crowdfunding campaign.

#5 Duncan Lacroix (Murtagh Fraser)

Murtagh at Culloden on Outlander

Murtagh at Culloden

Duncan Lacroix is no stranger to historical dramas set in the chilly northern hemisphere. Not only does he play Murtagh on Outlander, he was also a Karstark soldier in Game of Thrones. Plus, he had small roles in Vikings and Reign.

#6 Grant O’Rourke (Rupert MacKenzie)

Rupert MacKenzie Outlander

Rupert MacKenzie

Grant O’Rourke attended the same acting school —  Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama — as Sam Heughan and Laura Donnelly (Jenny Fraser), and even appeared in plays with them. He was one year behind Heughan when O’Rourke played the Prince and Heughan played Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.

#7 Lotte Verbeek (Geillis Duncan)

Geillis Duncan Outlander

Geillis Duncan

Although Lotte Verbeek plays a very convincing Geillis Duncan, her vocal lilt doesn’t come from being born and raised in Scotland. She is from the Netherlands, where she attended Amsterdam Academy of Jazz/Musical Theatre and Dance.

#8 Laura Donnelly (Jenny Fraser)

Jenny Fraser Outlander

Jenny Fraser

Laura Donnelly starred in The River on Broadway with Hugh Jackman. She played The Other Woman. She told Interview Magazine that she was taken aback by the applause Jackman got just for walking on stage, because that’s not a thing that British audiences do.

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#9 Simon Callow (Duke of Sandringham)

Duke of Sandringham Outlander

Duke of Sandringham

Simon Callow has written multiple books. He wrote biographies of legendary actors Charles Laughton and Orson Welles, as well as the literary great Charles Dickens.

#10 Frances de la Tour (Mother Hildegarde)

Mother Hildegarde Outlander

Mother Hildegarde

Frances de la Tour once had a body double. Ms. de la Tour played Madame Maxime in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Although she is tall, she is not eight feet tall, like Madame Maxime is supposed to be. For long shots (when the camera is far away from the actors), an actor named Ian Whyte stood in for de la Tour — wig, dress and all. Whyte also played a giant in Game of Thrones.

#11 Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield)

Roger Wakefield Outlander

Roger Wakefield

Richard Rankin changed his name when he decided to become an actor. Richard’s birth name was actually Richard Harris. He changed it to Rankin, his mother’s maiden name, to avoid any confusion with the famous Irish actor.


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  1. Marge

    This is grand! I knew most of the things mentioned.

    • You must be a big fan to know so much! I hope I had at least one or two nuggets of new information for you. Thanks for reading!

      • Bonnie Morris

        Yes. I have been living under a rock. I just discovered the series on Netflix in February 2020. Between first a rough and cold winter and then the pandemic I have become a real fan! I have all the DVD’s, the books and have now rewatched the series two times and now on my third time. Reading book iv right now. Very impressive in every form. Recommend highly.

        • Robyn Wonnell

          Hi Bonnie. I must have been living under another rock…I happened to be channel flipping to have some quiet time to myself..and voila, I tried Outlander and OMG… I couldn’t turn it off. I found myself staying up half the night wondering what was going to happen next, in between sighs and laughter. Now I’ve got cousins and friends hooked too. Thanks for your post. Robyn

  2. I don’t watch the show, have you read the books?

    • Oh, yes. I absolutely love them! I’ve read some of them more than once. I also love her novellas and short stories. They usually follow a secondary character. I highly recommend them!

  3. I feel like I’ve been living under a rock since I just heard about this show this past week but it’s come up multiple times.
    What is it and should I watch it? 🙂 Do I read the books first? Dish for me!

    • Caitlin

      Watch and read you’ll become quickly obsessed. My entire family reads the books, and watches the show. Remember the show is a little different but still amazing.

    • LOL It is a fantastic historical show based on the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon. In a nutshell, it’s 1945 and WWII is over. Claire Randall and her husband take a second honeymoon in Scotland. She ends up time traveling back to the 1700s and winds up married to a dream-come-true Highlander. The adventures take off from there! The books are long, but amazing. The show is just as amazing, but obviously you don’t get as much story or background with the show. Check out my complete guide to Outlander for more deets!

  4. Melissa

    Sam tried out for Game of Thrones multiple times.

  5. Lei Lani Bateman

    i have been watching Outlander for 5 years now and feel that I am obsessed with the show.
    I watch each one several times as not to miss anything… In the Ballad of Mac, why was the husband that caught Roger hugging his wife, able to drag Roger up to the hanging tree and say
    to the British here’s one to hang…. when he was not on the British side?

  6. Teneal

    I heard about Outlander in June 2020 and didn’t watch it until August. i have never finished 4 seasons so quickly in my life. this series sucks you in with brilliant acting , breath taking scenes and one of kind characters that you feel so close too. would highly recommend this series to anyone .

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