Five new characters have joined the cast of Outlander for its fourth season: Billy Boyd as Gerald Forbes, Caitlin O’Ryan as Lizzie Wemyss, Natalie Simpson as Phaedre, Tim Downie as Governor William Tryon, and Simona Brown as Gayle.
Here’s a breakdown of the new additions, and how they’ll fit into the story for the coming season:
Boyd (above) will portray Gerald Forbes, a wealthy lawyer in Cross Creek who is friends with his prominent client, Jocasta Cameron. Boyd is best known for Lord of the Rings; his other credits include The Flying Scotsman, Seed of Chucky, and An Urban Ghost Story.
O’Ryan is Lizzie, a Scottish woman who goes on a big adventure with Brianna, the daughter of Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe). O’Ryan is is a recent graduate from the Oxford School of Drama; this role marks her TV debut.
Brown pays Gayle, Brianna Fraser’s best friend and college roommate. Her TV credits include the Kiss Me First and Roots.
Simpson will take over as Phaedre, the personal maid and seamstress for Jocasta, and is considered a trusted member of the River Run household. Her TV credits include Les Miserables.
Downie portrays Governor William Tyron, who was an actual historical figure. The ambitious William is a former British officer who used his family connections to land the position of governor. Downie’s film credits include Transformers: The Last Night, War Machine, Paddington, and The King’s Speech.
Earlier this month, it was (finally!) announced that Outlander was renewed for a fifth and sixth season.
Adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling books, seasons five and six will each play out over 12 episodes respectively and will be based on material from the fifth book in the Outlander series, entitled The Fiery Cross, as well as the sixth book in the series, A Breath of Snow and Ashes.
The fourth season is currently filming through June in Scotland, and will include 13 episodes based upon Drums of Autumn, the fourth of eight books in Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling Outlander series.
Outlander will return to showcase later this year.