‘Outlander’ Casts Scottish Actor Richard Rankin as Roger Wakefield

Richard Rankin

Scottish Actor Richard Rankin joins the cast of Outlander on Starz. Rankin who recently starred in Burnt alongside Bradley Cooper and Uma Thurman has worked in many a BBC dramas including The Syndicate, The Crimson Field as well as NBC’s American Odyssey. Most recently Rankin appeared in the BBC One hit drama From Darkness with Anne-Marie Duff, and he will next be seen playing a detective in Thirteen, a new original drama TV miniseries written by young rising star Marnie Dickens for the BBC.

Rankin is set to play Roger Wakefield and is described as “intelligent, kindhearted, and charming. Roger is the grown up version of Reverend Wakefield’s adorable adopted son we met in Season One. After his parents died in World War II, Roger was raised by the Reverend (with help from his housekeeper, Mrs. Graham) and is a proud Scot through and through. Now a professor at Oxford, Roger has a keen interest in history, and all the secrets and insight it presents.”

Season Two of Outlander begins as Claire and Jamie arrive in France, hell-bent on infiltrating the Jacobite rebellion led by Prince Charles Stuart, and stopping the battle of Culloden.  With the help of his cousin Jared, a local wine merchant, Jamie and Claire are thrown into the lavish world of French society, where intrigue and parties are abundant, but political gain proves far less fruitful.  Altering the course of history presents challenges that begin to weigh on the very fabric of their relationship.  However, armed with the knowledge of what lies ahead, Claire and Jamie must race to prevent a doomed Highland uprising, and the extinction of Scottish life as they know it.

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