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“Outlander” has cast two pivotal roles for Season 3, Variety has learned.
Joining Jamie Fraser’s (Sam Heughan) world in the 18th century, John Bell (“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”) will play the role of Young Ian Murray, Jamie’s nephew. Young Ian is a tall, gangly Scottish lad with a heart of gold, a stubborn streak and a penchant for getting into trouble. Bursting with charm, he’s more like his adventurous, fierce uncle Jamie than his farmer father Ian — but when we meet him, he is still a very gawky boy. However, he keeps trying to prove that he is a man and we will see him grow into quite a formidable one as the series evolves.
Meanwhile, in Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) life in 20th Century Boston, Wil Johnson (“Waking the Dead”) will play her friend and medical colleague, Joe Abernathy. Joe is a fellow doctor-in-training whom Claire befriends in medical school. Intelligent, charismatic, with a wry and irreverent sense of humor, Joe is a loyal confidant with great affection for Claire. He puts on a good face, but he is all too aware of his place in the Civil Rights era. Joe and Claire both feel out of place in the mostly all-white, all-male medical field, which bonds them together in a lifelong friendship.
Season 3 of Starz’s “Outlander” is based on the third novel in Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling series, “Voyager.” The third season picks up right after Claire travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… as well as new doubt. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery and adventure await them on the path to reunion. And the question remains: When they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?
Showrunner Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Matthew B. Roberts, Toni Graphia, Anne Kenney and Andy Harries serve as executive producers of “Outlander,” which is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television. Starz retains all domestic multiplatform pay TV rights to the original series.
New Season 3 Outlander Cast
Harold “Hal” Grey, Duke of Pardloe (Lord John Grey’s older brother) has been cast but it’s not known YET who was cast at this time. Confirmed via Maril Davis Twitter feed
Rupert Vansittart has been cast as Lord William Dunsany
James McAnerney has been cast as Kenneth MacIver
Yi Tien Cho aka Mr. Willoughby will be played by Gary Young
Geneva Dunsany will be played by Hannah James
Geneva’s sister Isobel Dunsany will be played by Tanya Reynolds
Meet grown up Wee Jamie eldest son of Jenny & Ian Murray who will be played by Conor McCarry
Meet Marsali MacKimmie (Fraser) played by Lauren Lyle
Meet adult Fergus played by Cesar Domboy
Meet Dr. Joe Abernathy played by Wil Johnson
Meet Young Ian played by John Hunter Bell
Meet Lord John Grey who will be played by David Berry
According to IMDB.com David is 6′ 1″ tall and grew up in Australia where he spent his early years as a singer and violinist, attending school on a music scholarship. After high school he attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), graduating in 2010. His first acting role in television was in ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’ then later, ‘Home and Away’. His first major role was in the television series ‘A Place To Call Home’ in which he played the character, James Bligh.
For those who don’t already know Lord John Grey is a former British soldier that becomes the Governor of Ardsmuir prison where Jamie Fraser (Outlander lead male character played by Sam Heughan) is captured 7 years after the battle of Culloden and is imprisoned. They pair strike up an unlikely friendship that lasts for many years. Lord John is an integral part of the book series and this role could last for some years to come for Mr. Berry.
This is the official character description from Starz.
He’s a steadfast and honorable British subject, torn between a finely-honed sense of familial duty and a strong moral compass of right and wrong. He is boyishly handsome with an upper class rearing — the consummate gentleman. However, a scandal from his past has relegated Lord John to an undesirable position as governor of a desolate prison in Northern Scotland.