Richard Ranking Joins Outlander for Season Two!

Richard Rankin_Roger Wakefield

Richard Rankin has been cast as Roger Wakefield for the second season of Outlander. Wakefield is the grown adopted son of the Reverend and is a proud Scot. He’s a professor at Oxford and has a love of history.

For further details, follow the jump. Outlander returns in spring 2016.


Today, STARZ announced the casting of Scottish actor Richard Rankin in the fan favorite role of Roger Wakefield in Season Two of “Outlander.” The critically-acclaimed series is adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling books is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”). Season Two is currently filming on location in Scotland and will return Spring, 2016.

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.

Scottish born actor Richard Rankin is fast becoming a familiar face to global audiences after landing big ticket roles in Hollywood backed films, high profile British television and a good deal of stage work. Born in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire on the outskirts of Glasgow, Rankin epitomizes the tall, dark, handsome leading man and stands 6 feet tall in stocking soles. He recently starred opposite Bradley Cooper, Uma Thurman and Sienna Miller in John Wells’ Burnt. He has also garnered praise for his convincing work in high profile television shows including the BBC drama “The Syndicate,” brought to the screen by BAFTA winning writer Kay Mellor, “The Crimson Field,” the BBC backed big budget World War 1 set mini-series, and NBC’s “American Odyssey.”  He first landed on everyone’s radar playing various roles in three seasons of runaway cult comedy sketch show hit “Burnistoun,” set in a fictional Scottish town outside Glasgow. He has also taken to the stage with roles in the Laurence Olivier award winning play “Black Watch” and George Perrin’s well received “Good With People.”  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.

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.

“Outlander” Online:

For more information, go to the official Outlander Facebook Page and follow @Outlander_Starz on Twitter and Instagram. Join the conversation with #Outlander and #STARZ.


Richard Rankin photo by: Faye Thomas