Starz has revealed two new actors who’ll be playing key roles in season three of the most gruesome historical romance series ever – Outlander. One’s a new character, the other is an older – and probably far less cute – version of a character we met in season two.
César Domboy (The Walk) will play the grown-up Fergus, the cheeky French pickpocket whom Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) unofficially adopted in the previous season. Meanwhile, British actress Lauren Lyle (who will soon be seen in Jimmy McGovern’s Broken on BBC One) has been cast as Marsali, one of the daughters of Laoghaire (Nell Hudson).
Fergus has grown up into a charming, devilishly handsome man with a strong sense of loyalty and decorum, despite his unconventional upbringing. He is the ultimate romantic, wearing his heart on his sleeve and falling in and out of love easily. However, Fergus’s devotion to Jamie never has wavered, making the Frenchman an integral part of the Fraser clan. Still, his debonair demeanour masks a longing for a lasting love and a permanent sense of belonging.
Marsali, we’re told, is the 18-year-old high-spirited daughter of Laoghaire the woman introduced in season who had a crush on Jamie Fraser and tried to scupper his marriage to Claire. Marsali has a rebellious and romantic mind of her own. She knows what she wants and she goes after it – reputation and propriety be damned.
Season three will be based on Voyager, the third of the eight books in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.