The third installment of the TV adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books is a long way away, but Starz has been pretty busy casting the new faces who will be joining Jamie and Claire next season. Outlander Season 3 will be based on Voyager, the third book of the series, and will bring many a new character to the fold — including the Dunsany sisters and Joe Abernathy — as well as the adult version of some familiar characters like wee Fergus.
To help you keep up with the castings (and to get to know some of these new additions), here's an in-depth character bios for the new Outlander Season 3 characters, taken right from Diana Galbadon's books.
This post will receive constant updates every time a new casting is announced, so that you can be caught up with the Outlander Clan, as it grows. Make sure to bookmark this page!
As always, if you're not caught up with the series or the books, you might find some big spoilers ahead.
Outlander Season 3: The Additions To The Clan
Gary Young as Mr. Willoughby
Mr. Willoughby will be Jamie Fraser's new best friend when Outlander Season 3 picks up 20 years after Culloden. Pretty good in acrobatics and in Chinese medicine, Mr. Willoughby also makes a bad name for himself because of his feet fetish and for having a hard time holding his liquor down. Jamie and Mr. Willoughby partner up when Jamie saves the little Chinese man from death, and Mr. Willoughby quickly becomes a trustworthy — yet mysterious — ally.
Mr. Willoughby's backstory is a complicated and terribly sad one, which definitely contributes for the China man's ambiguity in many events of Voyager. His temper is untamed and he's quite the unpredictable guy - something that Claire has a hard time making peace with.
Charlie Hiett as Captain Thomas Leonard
Thomas Leonard is a 19-year-old officer aboard the British man-of-arms Porpoise in Voyager. He has to step up and fill the captain spot after the previous captain — and most of the crew — fall sick with typhoid fever. The Porpoise forces Jamie and Claire's ship to a halt in the middle of the Atlantic, so that Claire can aid the sick people on the ship.
Captain Leonard has to make some life-or-death decisions, which leads him to also make the grave mistake of getting into Jamie's bad side. Although Leonard's time in the book is relatively small, his actions continue to ripple through the story, helping the Frasers's Jamaican plot forward.
Hannah James as Geneva Dunsany
The Dunsanys are an English family who suffered the loss of their eldest son in the battle of Culloden, in 1746. They're friends with Lord John Grey, and it's through his request that they welcome the Scottish prisoner Alex MacKenzie — a.k.a. Jamie Fraser — as a groom in their property Helwater. The "young and reckless" Geneva falls in love with Jamie and, after finding out she is to marry a much older man, she asks Jamie to spend a night with her.
Still with Claire in his mind and his honor in check — Geneva is barely 17 years old — Jamie refuses, but Geneva blackmails him into the one-night-stand and Jamie sees no escape. After their interlude, Geneva marries the Earl of Ellesmere, but she soon finds out she's pregnant. Since the Earl is impotent, the fate of Geneva and her child — as well as of the baby's father — lay in the balance.
Tanya Reynolds as Isobel Dunsany
Isobel Dunsany doesn't get much development as a character in Voyager so, unless Outlander executive producer Ronald D. Moore beefs her character arc up, what she does will not carry much weight this season. However, as the Dunsanys' story is closely linked with Lord John Grey and Jamie Fraser's, we might get the building up of a plot for future seasons.
In the books, Isobel is "small and round and bubbly", with light blue eyes like her mother's, and a much less volatile character than her sister Geneva. Although Lauren Lyle isn't what you can call "round" (and she certainly doesn't look like the 14-year-old Isobel is in the book), Isobel's main characteristic is her selflessness — along with her kindness and open heart.
Lauren Lyle as Marsali
Outlander Season 3 will be the first time we'll hear of Marsali, but we're quite familiar with her mother, Laoghaire. In Season 1, she was the MacKenzie girl who was so madly in love with Jamie that she tried to set Claire up for witchcraft — nearly causing her to be burned at the stake in Cranesmuir! Not one to give up easily, Laoghaire came back in the second season, as a "changed" woman looking for Mdm. Claire's forgiveness. At the end of 'The Fox's Lair' it's pretty clear Laoghaire still hasn't got over her love for Jamie — and her hate for Claire, for that matter.
In the 20-year gap we're about to see in #OutlanderSeason3, Nell Hudson will reprise her role as Laoghaire, but she'll have quite the collection of husbands and daughters when we see her again. One of these daughters is Marsali, a quiet but strong young girl who finds her way into the Fraser family both through her mother's marriage to Jamie, and her own love for Fergus. As Laoghaire's daughter, it's easy to instantly dislike Marsali, but the lass has a much more open mind than her mother and, after getting to know Claire, Marsali begins to question all the terrible things her mother told her about Lady Broch Tuarac.
César Domboy as Adult Fergus
When Jamie caught that young pickpocket outside a brothel last season, we all got to fall in love with Romann Berrux and his brilliant interpretation of Fergus. As an orphan who spent his childhood living in a brothel, Fergus learned very early on how to fend for himself, and that's what made him so invaluable for Jamie's revolutionary plans in #OutlanderSeason2. When we last saw Fergus, he was charged by Jamie with going back to Lallybroch with the property's deed — which Jamie had just changed to sport Jenny's son as the new owner of the family lands.
When Outlander Season 3 comes about next year, more than 20 years will have passed in Fergus's — and everyone else's — lives, which means the young and savvy boy will give way to his adult version. Fergus lives in Lallybroch as part of the Fraser Clan but, although he was raised by Jenny and is great friends with her young son Ian, still retains some of his French ways. Never one to quietly obey anyone but Jaime, Fergus will have to fight his Lord to keep his new-found crossed-love at his side — something that Jamie will have a huge amount of trouble accepting.
However, fans will still have some more time with wee Fergus as next season premieres. The young French boy's post-Culloden years in Lallybroch will get some screen time as well — especially since Fergus will face a loss that will change his life forever.
Wil Johnson as Joe Abernathy
Joe Abernathy is one of the Boston characters that we only see in Voyager through Claire's perspective. He and Claire became friends as they were both interns at Boston General — they bonded through their love for badly written novels — and Joe goes on to become Claire's best and only friend in the 20 or so years she lived with Frank. After Frank passes, Claire goes to her friend Joe for advice and help; when she proceeds with her plans to go to Scotland, she leaves Boston, her job and Joe behind — with a promise from him regarding her daughter Brianna.
Interestingly though, the surname Abernathy is featured in the story centuries before Joe is even born. As Claire later discovers, a 'Mrs. Abernathy' lived in the Caribbean in the 18th century, and Claire happens to be more familiar with her than she first thought.
John Bell as Young Ian Fraser Murray
Young Ian's life can't be described as anything but adventurous from the moment he was born. Outlander Season 3 will most likely feature that exact moment, because it has to do with Jamie's self-exile in a cave near Lallybroch. Jenny's husband, Ian, was arrested and isn't in Lallybroch on the day Young Ian is born, and so Jamie leaves his hiding place and goes home to support his sister. While proud uncle Jamie is holding baby Ian in his arms, the Red Coats come into the house and begin searching for Jacobites. That's how Jamie ends up with Ian in a closet, while Jenny has to lie and say her baby died at birth. That's a pretty dramatic way to come to the world!
Young Ian grows to be much like his uncle Jamie, with his impulsive and inconsequential decisions, but with a huge heart. It's because of that likeness that Jenny agrees to let her youngest son help Jamie and Claire on a treasure hunt, but it all turns sideways when Young Ian is captured by pirates. (Yup, I said pirates!). And thus begins the Frasers's adventure into the new world: America.
David Berry as Lord John Grey
Last season, Outlander fans had their first glimpse at John Grey when he broke into Jamie's Jacobite camp in 'Je Suis Prest'. Grey was a 16-year-old boy then (played by Oscar Kennedy), filled with ideals and spoiling for a fight but, when Season 3 brings him back, he'll be a much more mature and experienced Lord. In fact, Lord Grey is a pivotal character in Jamie's life and survival in the novels.
You see, it's because of that brief encounter in the Jacobite camp, when Jamie spared young Grey's life, that Red Jamie's own life gets spared after the battle of Culloden. John Grey's brother, the Earl of Melton Harold Grey, not only doesn't execute Jamie as a traitor, but he also smuggles him back home to Lallybroch in hopes he'll die from his leg wound — and save the Grey family the embarrassment. When Jamie survives and later surrenders to the British army, he is sent to Adsmuir Prison. The prison, where most of the Scotsmen who fought in Culloden are kept, receives a new governor two years after — and it's none other than Lord John Grey himself.
Of course, Jamie and John's story gets to unfold and Lord Grey remains an important friend in Jamie's life for the years to come — in more ways you could possible imagine.
The Outlander Clan Since Season 1
- Catriona Balfe as Claire Randall Fraser
- Sam Heughan as James Alexander MacKenzie Fraser
- Tobias Menzies as Frank Randall and 'Black Jack' Randall
- Duncan Lacroix as Murtagh Fraser
- Lotte Verbek as Geillis Duncan/Gillian Edgars
- Laura Donnelly as Jenny Fraser Murray
- Steven Cree as Ian Murray
- Nell Hudson as Laoghaire MacKenzie
The Outlander Clan Since Season 2
- Richard Rankin as Roger Wakefield
- Sophie Skelton as Brianna "Bree" Randall/MacKenzie Fraser
- Romann Berrux as Fergus Fraser
More on #Outlander:
- Life After Claire: Will Jamie Fraser Find Another Love?
- How Did Jamie Survive The Battle Of Culloden?
The new additions to the Outlander Clan will join forces with last season's newcomers Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin, who play Brianna Fraser and Roger MacKenzie, respectively. The Fraser-Murray Clan, as we know them, with Jenny (Laura Donnelly) and Ian (Steven Cree), as well as Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) will also come back for next season. And, although Frank is dead — and Captain Jack Randall is soon to follow his fate — Tobias Menzies will reprise both his roles.
Catriona Balfe and Sam Heughan are clearly the core of Outlander as Claire and Jamie, but Season 3 will make their lives much more colorful with these colorful and intriguing new characters. Since the series has already been renewed for a forth season as well, this is only the beginning, mo ghraidh!
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