Where have we already seen the stars of Outlander?


Has it ever happened to you to watch a TV series or movie and find yourself in front of some of your favourite actors? Here’s a list of the best known projects the Outlander stars joined, besides the STARZ historical-fantasy drama!

Outlander Cast at San Diego Comic Con 2017 - Outlander 2014 TV Series Photo  (40591267) - Fanpop
Tobias Menzies, Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con

Caitriona Balfe

After a long and thriving career as a model for some of the biggest names in high fashion, Caitriona Balfe enters the world of TV playing the time traveling nurse Claire Beauchamp in Outlander. However, over the years, the Irish actress juggled other small roles in the world of cinema, which will lead her to play alongside great actors.

That’s the case of the film Now You See Mee (2013), where Balfe played the trophyl wife of wealthy businessman Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine). Also in 2013, we will find Caitriona in the film Escape Plan, alongside Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Vincent D’Onofrio, in a small supporting role. In 2016, she will play alongside George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Dominic West in Money Monster, playing the small role of Diane Lester. In recent years, however, also given the success she gained with Outlander, Caitriona Balfe lands with greater importance in the world of cinema, also taking on leading roles, as in the 2019 film “Ford v Ferrari, where she plays Ken Miles’ enterprising wife, Mollie, alongside Christian Bale.

Looking to the future, we’re looking forward to seeing Caitriona Balfe starring in her new film, Belfast, directed by Kenneth Branagh, alongside Jamie Dornan.

Graham McTavish

Known by us all as Dougal MacKenzie, Jamie’s uncle on Outlander, Graham McTavish is perhaps the most career-rich cast member of all. In addition to various roles for animated series, the Scottish actor has come a long way in the field of cinema, playing alongside big names and not even in such minor roles.

In 2008 he participated in the film John Rambo, playing together with the great Sylvester Stallone in the role of Lewis, one of the protagonist’s adventure companions. Later, he will be known as Dwalin, one of the many mythological creators of The Lord of the Rings prequel series, The Hobbit, in which he will take part from 2012 to 2014. It is in the wake of this great project that McTavish will become part of STARZ’s historical-fantasy drama, Outlander, in which he will star for two years. In 2019 we will see him as a new entry in Lucifer Season 2, in the role of Father Kinley, a mysterious and not so loved character. In the meantime, from 2016 to 2019 we will see Graham also star in the television series Preacher, in a supporting character, the so-called Cowboy or Saint of the Killers.

Looking to the future, we’re looking forward to seeing Graham McTavish as his character’s illegitimate son on Outlander, and as Dijkstra on The Witcher Season 2.

Richard Rankin

Unlike his colleagues, Richard Rankin hasn’t made the quantum leap in the world of cinema yet. He has always remained tied to his homeland, participating mainly in British or Scottish productions. However, if you are a fan of BBC fiction, surely you have already seen him in one way or another.

Richard Rankin’s television career is quite young, and begins in 2014 with the British historical drama The Crimson Field, in which his character, Captain Thomas Gillan won the hearts of hundreds of viewers. Later, in 2015 he will star in the BBC miniseries “From Darkness”, where he plays a supporting role, but who is also remembered for his extreme charisma, Norrie Duncan. 2016 is a defining year for Rankin, as he not only earns the role of Roger MacKenzie in STARZ’s historical-fantasy drama Outlander, but he will also appear on the BBC series Thirteen alongside the great Jodie Comer.

Constantly busy on the set of Outlander, in recent years he allows himself more guest star participations. In 2017 he will join the cast of the historical drama The Last Kingdom for season 2 as Father Hrothweard, a mad and fanatic monk, while in 2019 he will join the medical drama Trust Me, alongside Alfie Enoch, albeit in a supporting role.

Sam Heughan

From being a waiter to being one of the most beloved actors on TV, it’s a snap! Sam Heughan‘s career has been rising more and more in recent years, in short, since Outlander allowed him to highlight all his acting skills. The Scottish actor, however, never gave up. Although certain films were disasters, he continued straight on his way, until he got to act alongside Vin Diesel.

One of his first movies is Hallmark’s 2011 Christmas film “A Princess For Christmas,”. A very young Sam Heughan stars opposite Katie McGrath in a hilarious romantic comedy set during the Christmas season. In 2014 he will reach world success playing highlander with a heart of gold Jamie Fraser on Outlander. In 2018 he will reach one of his first starring roles in the movie “The Spy Who Dumped Me, where he plays a charming FBI agent alongside the crazy duo of friends played by Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon. An even more important film role will come in 2020 with the film “Bloodshot” where he plays the nemesis of Vin Diesel’s character, Jimmy Dalton.

Despite the troubled situation in the world that led to the postponement of so many projects, Heughan in 2021 saw several important roles, including also playing Paul Newman in the biopic about Rohal Dahl and Patricia Neal, To Olivia, alongside Hugh Bonneville and Keeley Hawes., and the lead role in the romantic adventure drama “SAS: Red Notice,” starring opposite Ruby Rose and Andy Serkins.

Looking to the future…

Sam Heughan awaits us in the romantic comedy “Text for You”, currently in postproduction, in which he will play the lead alongside Pryianka Chompra. He was also recently announced to star in the new film “Everest,” an adventure thriller based on Jeffrey Archer’s novel Paths of Glory, opposite Ewan McGregor and Mark Strong.

Sophie Skelton

With a career as young as she is, Sophie Skelton has to take flight both on TV and in film yet, but there are some projects where she can be remembered, outside of the historical-fantastic drama Outlander, where she plays Jamie and Claire’s daughter, Brianna.

In 2015, a teenage Sophie Skelton joins the British series So Awkward, playing a clumsy middle-aged girl who first approaches socializing. These roles will help her grow artistically as well, leading her to conquer the role of Brianna Randall Fraser on Outlander, in 2016. Although busy, British actress will move to the American front to enter the world of cinema in small steps. In 2017 Sophie moves closer to the action movie genre by starring in The Day of The Dead: Bloodline with a cast of up-and-coming actors. In 2018, however, she will join the movie 211, where she will have the opportunity to confront big names in cinema such as Nicholas Cage.

Tobias Menzies

Another one among the Outlander stars with an ultra-rich career is Tobias Menzies! A name that is now a guarantee in the world of television and cinema, not to say theatrical. As few know, in fact, the actor was born precisely from the theatrical world, where he often likes to go back to acting.

Starting way back in 2005, we can see a young Tobias playing Marcus Junius Brutus in the British miniseries Roma. Moving on to the cinematographic front, in 2007 the actor participated, albeit in a minor role in Joe Wright’s film, Atonement, as a military colonel that we can see alongside James McAvoy.

Taking a big leap in time (and I apologize to the fans, but the roles are really a lot), in 2013 Tobias will join the cast of the series of the moment, Game of Thrones, as Edmure Tully for a few episodes. From 2014 to 2018 he will then play the role of Frank and Jonathan Randall in the STARZ historical-fantasy drama, Outlander, which will make him famous and loved even more to the general public for his superb performance. In 2016, however, we find Tobias in the miniseries The Night Manager, starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, where he plays a supporting role, but still stands out for his skills.

In 2018 there comes another great television role for the British actor with the series The Terror, in which he plays the cynical and cold Captain James Fitzjames, a character that allows him for the umpteenth time to experiment and show his great skills as a dramatic actor. The most recent project starring Tobias Menzies is the British-produced Netflix series, The Crown, where Menzies will have the honour of playing Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh over the course of season 3 and 4.

Looking to the future…

Tobias has been announced on Modern Love Season 2, an anthological series based on love stories told by the homonymous New York Times column. Alongside him, the cast features Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Lucy Boyton (Bohemian Rhapsody) and many others.

Have you ever caught a glimpse of these Outlander stars in some other project of theirs?

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