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This is a listing for characters in the STARZ adaptation Outlander.

For the book series, see here.

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Main Characters

     Claire Randall 
Played by: Caitriona Balfe

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A former World War II nurse who finds herself trapped in the year 1743 in Scotland after she accidentally walks through a standing stone in Craigh na Dun while on a second honeymoon with her husband Frank Randall.

  • Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: Though she tries to avert this, during her stay in the 18th century Claire falls deeply in love with Jamie Fraser and ultimately chooses to stay and make a life with him.
  • Arranged Marriage: She and Jamie. Jamie's uncle Dougal arranges for them to be married. This later becomes a Perfectly Arranged Marriage, in which she and Jamie fall in love and are Happily Married.
  • Attempted Rape: Claire is nearly raped several times in the first half-season alone.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Has a role in the Jacobite Uprising, acting as a healer for Charles Stuart's army and the other folk who are tagging along. Before this point, she and Jamie try to prevent the Uprising because Claire knows that the Jacobites will be defeated at Culloden, which will result in the end of the Highlander way of life. Claire and Jamie try to thwart Charles's plans to get money from France to finance the rebellion but their efforts fail. Unable to stop the Uprising, Claire and Jamie do everything they can to change history and make it so the Jacobites are victorious at Culloden but they fail.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Claire has a talk with Laoghaire in "In The Pricking of My Thumbs" about the girl's feelings for Jamie and her relentless pursuit of him, and ends up slapping her after the girl spitefully insults her.
    • Claire seriously gives it to Laoghaire after the latter tries to apologize to her for almost getting her burnt at the stake in "The Fox's Lair".
  • Big Damn Heroes: Helps orchestrate the plan which breaks Jamie out of Wentworth Prison.
  • Burn the Witch!: Claire and Geillie are accused of witchcraft, with this as a punishment.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Claire is this in the first season, as she is accidentally brought into the 1700s via the stones.
  • Good Is Not Nice:
    • In "La Dame Blanche," Claire and Jamie plan to use Louise de Rohan to undermine Charles's Jacobite cause, by making him jealous and angry enough to reveal his affair with Louise which resulted in her pregnancy. Never mind that it would ruin Louise as well.
    • Claire also convinces Alex Randall to give up on wooing Mary Hawkins, by telling him that Mary would be better off without him as he is clearly dying from illness. This is just to ensure Mary weds Black Jack Randall and conceives Frank's ancestor.
  • Guile Hero:
    • At the end of "The Fox's Lair," she pretends to be having a vision to persuade The Old Fox to fight for the Jacobites. Though it doesn't work, it does help convince Young Simon to stand up to his father and go to war in his stead.
    • In "Je Suis Prest" she instigates a ruse to trick a young English captive into giving up vital information about the English army.
  • Happily Married: In the very beginning of the series, to Frank. Then she goes through the stones and meets Jamie, and ends up marrying him and choosing to stay with him instead of returning to Frank.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: After months of trying with Frank, Claire finally becomes pregnant by Jamie at the end of season 1.
  • The Medic: Claire was a combat nurse during the Second World War, and as such is used dealing with blood, horror and violent deaths. In the 18th century, she acts as a physician to the people of Castle Leoch and to Jamie, who she treats multiple times for serious injuries, although she is not actually qualified as a doctor.
  • Mama Bear: For her daughter Brianna.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Claire's attempt to rescue Jamie from Wentworth Prison fails dismally. She's captured, and Jamie has to agree to Black Jack's terms to get Claire released.
  • Oh, Crap!: The look on Claire's face when her pretense of being a spy in the employ of Sandringham is foiled by Randall.
  • Pregnant Badass: During her and Jamie's stay in Paris, when Claire is in the thick of Jamie and Murtagh's plotting against Charles Stuart, and even comes up with a plan to help them thwart Charles's intention to gain the support of the French banks for the Uprising.
  • Scarpia Ultimatum: When Claire is caught trying to break Jamie out of prison, Randall offers a Sadistic Choice to Jamie: Let himself be used for sex for one night or see Claire be raped and tormented by Randall instead. Unsurprisingly, Jamie chooses to give himself.
  • Second Love: Jamie is this for her.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: She swears a lot, something which the 18th-century men are shocked about. It's said that she got into the habit while working as a nurse during World War II. Her favorite curse is 'Jesus H Roosevelt Christ!', which she picked up from a young soldier stationed in France.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Claire returns to the 20th century pregnant with her and Jamie's child.
  • Starting a New Life: Claire and Frank's second honeymoon to Scotland is meant to be this, as they try to reconnect after being apart during the war years. After Claire steps through the stones and falls in love with Jamie, she chooses to stay with him and make a life for herself in the 18th century.
    • After Claire returns to Frank through the stones he takes her to live in Boston, so that they can have a fresh start without any reminders of Jamie Fraser.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Claire is visibly a tall woman. A beautiful tall woman, at that.
  • Survivor's Guilt: Is revealed to be plagued by this in "Je Suis Prest", as she relives the events leading up to the death of a soldier she'd befriended during the War.
  • Time Travelers are Spies: In the first season Claire is accused a number of times of being a spy, because of her uncanny knowledge of events to come.

     Jamie Fraser 
Played by: Sam Heughan

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A red-headed Scot whom Claire meets and is later arranged to marry in 18th century Scotland.

  • Arranged Marriage: He and Claire. Jamie's uncle Dougal arranges for them to be married. This later becomes a Perfectly Arranged Marriage, in which he and Claire are Happily Married.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser.
  • Badass in Distress: He is captured by the Watch and though he manages to escape, is captured again and sent to Wentworth Prison to be hanged. It takes the combined effort of Claire, Murtagh and Dougal's men to break him out.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Busts into Fort William with only an empty gun to rescue Claire from Jack Randall.
  • Body Horror: Carries the scars of Randall's brutal whipping of him at Fort William on his back. In Wentworth his left hand is mutilated by a hammer, leaving it badly damaged and grotesque to look at.
  • Brave Scot: He's Scottish and he's certainly brave.
  • Childhood Friends: Jamie with Ian Murray.
  • Clear My Name: One of the plots in the first season revolves around Jamie's attempts to gain a pardon from the English Crown and eradicate the price on his head, by revealing who really murdered the man who Jamie was accused of killing.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Is tortured and raped by Jack Randall in Wentworth Prison, the night before he's meant to be hanged.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was arrested years ago for 'obstruction' and brutally whipped twice as punishment at Fort William, resulting in some horrific scars on his back. He was also framed for murder at the same time and got a price on his head, making him unable to go back home to Lallybroch as its rightful laird.
  • Domestic Abuse: Jamie belts Claire to punish Claire for endangering the lives of the men, including him. Though he intends to just strap Claire in the behind twelve times and call it quits, he loses his temper when Claire resists him and ends up beating her so much that her bottom's still sore days later. Because of this Claire refuses to speak to Jamie or even let him into her bed for days, and Jamie has to find a way to get back into her good graces. A case of Deliberate Values Dissonance, since in Jamie's time and place, the "chastising" of a woman by her husband with a belt or rod isn't considered domestic abuse (slapping her or beating her with fists would be), but in Claire's it certainly is.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Do they ever. Randall (in a particularly horrifying fashion) and the Duke of Sandringham express interest in him while Lord John Grey is in love with him.
  • Fingore: Jamie's hand post-season 1.
  • First Love: Claire, for whom Jamie is her Second Love. After they fall in love with one another, they become each other's One True Love.
  • Frame-Up: Jamie was framed for the murder of a sergeant in Fort William during an attempted prison break.
  • Guile Hero: In "Je Suis Prest" Jamie takes part in a ruse to trick a young English captive into giving up vital information about the English army. Initially, Claire is the one who starts off the ruse, by pretending to be an English Captive, but then Jamie takes it up a notch by getting physical and threatening to ravish Claire if William Grey won't speak.
  • Happily Married: To Claire. Their marriage is arranged at first by Dougal but Claire and Jamie fall in love and are each other's True Loves.
  • Hot-Blooded: Can be this sometimes.
  • I Choose to Stay: Jamie chooses to stay at Helwater over returning home out of love for his newborn son William and to watch him grow up. Despite wanting to claim William as his own child, Jamie is prevented from doing so because Willie will be outed as illegitimate if he does and the Dunsays — the family of William's mother Geneva — must keep the scandal of William's true parentage under wraps. However, in order to have as much of a hand in raising Willie as possible, Jamie stays at Helwater as a groom, where he and Willie develop a close and loving relationship. When Willie is 8 years old, people begin to notice Willie's growing resemblance to Jamie and Jamie is forced to separate from his son to protect him. Jamie and Willie are heartbroken when Jamie must leave.
  • It's All My Fault: Blames himself for his father's death, thinking that if he'd taken up Randall's offer of use of his body in place of a flogging then Brian would never have had the stroke that killed him.
  • Man in a Kilt: Of the Mr. Fanservice variety.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He is very attractive and has a lot of Female Gaze-y Shirtless Scenes. It helps that he's portrayed by Sam Heughan.
  • Overly Long Name: James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser.
  • Papa Wolf: He is this for his children (his daughter Brianna and his son Willie), for Fergus — the boy he and Claire unofficially adopt in Season 2, for his nephew Ian, and his step-daughters Marsali and Joan.
    • In Season 2, Jamie finds Jack Randall raping Fergus. Jamie attacks Randall, challenging him to a duel — despite his promise to Claire not to kill Randall so his descendant Frank will be born.
    • In Season 3, Jamie kills Ludovic Ransom when Ransom threatens his newborn son Willie. Jamie chooses to stay at Helwater over returning home so he can be part of Willie's life but eventually, Jamie must leave Helwater to protect Willie.
    • During a flashback depicting Jamie's life after Claire was returned to the 20th century, it is revealed he married and stay married to Laoghaire MacKenzie for the sake and well-being of her two children. He promises Joan that even though he doesn't love her mother, he'll always love and look after Joan and her sister Marsali.
    • In Season 3, Jamie fights to save Ian and Brianna from Geillis Duncan.
    • In Season 4, Jamie beats Roger to a bloody pulp because he mistakenly thinks Roger raped his daughter Brianna, not aware that it was Stephen Bonnet who raped her. When Jamie does learn it was Bonnet, he tells Murtagh to find Bonnet and bring him back — so he can kill him. Jamie tries to make amends with Brianna for what he did to Roger and he and Claire go on a months-long journey to get Roger back from the Mohawk. When Roger is told everything and finds himself overwhelmed, unsure if he wants to return to Brianna after learning that her child might not be his but conceived when Bonnet raped Brianna, Jamie warns Roger that he better be sure in his decision to return to Brianna because Jamie would rather he himself be hated by his daughter for not coming back with Roger than for Roger to break her heart again.
  • Parental Abandonment: His mother died in childbirth with a child who didn't survive; his father died of a stroke while watching Jamie's second flogging at Fort William.
  • Rape as Drama: Is raped by Randall in Wentworth Prison.
  • Rape and Revenge: Once he discovers Randall is alive, he is set on getting vengeance for his rape. However, Claire convinces him to let Randall live for at least one more year so that Frank can be born and even makes him promise not to duel Randall until then. He ends up breaking that promise, though not to avenge his own rape, but to avenge Fergus's.
  • Scarpia Ultimatum: Is faced with this in Wentworth, when Claire is caught trying to break him out of prison. Randall tells him that he'll let Claire go if he lets him make use of his body without resisting. Jamie agrees to it.

Other Major Characters

     Frank Randall

Played by: Tobias Menzies

Claire's husband in the 20th century and Brianna's adoptive father. Frank is a historian with a great interest in the Jacobite uprising and his own family tree.

  • Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: After Claire's disappearance, Frank tries to move on with his life but never forgets Claire or falls out of love with her.
  • Adult Fear: His wife disappears very suddenly while they are on honeymoon together in Inverness.
  • First Love: Was this for Claire.
    Claire: Oh, Frank. If you're still close enough to hear me, I did love you. Very much. You were my first love.
  • Happily Married: To Claire before Claire's disappearance. They are happy, in love, and planning a future when Claire mysteriously vanishes at Craigh na Dun.
  • Happy Marriage Charade: After Claire comes back, they try to make their marriage work again when they agree to raise Claire's unborn child (fathered by Jamie) together. However, Frank gives Claire the condition that while he is alive, she must let Jamie go. Frank genuinely loves Brianna as his own daughter but Claire finds she cannot return the romantic love she once felt for Frank since she is still in love with Jamie. Claire and Frank put up the pretense of being happily married for Brianna's sake, but their marriage deteriorates behind the charade. When Claire first suggests a divorce, Frank is afraid of losing Brianna to 1950s/60s custody laws. However, he later asks Claire for a divorce after Brianna has turned 18.
  • Identical Grandson: Frank and his ancestor Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall. Played with in that it is discovered Frank is directly descended from Black Jack's brother Alexander.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Is close friends with Reverend Reginald Wakefield, who shares his love of Jacobite history.
  • Nice Guy: Played with. Frank is genuinely a good man and friendly to those around him but Beware the Nice Ones because he also harbors a more violent side when provoked, as seen in the mid-season 1 finale when he is lured into being robbed and gives a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to one of the robbers.
  • Non-Action Guy: Is usually this. However, as seen in the mid-season 1 finale, he can be violent and go on the offensive if he has to.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Frank gives one to one of the robbers in the TV series' mid-season finale.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: He looks eerily like his indirect ancestor Jonathan Randall.
    (Claire meets Jonathan Randall after coming through the stones for the first time):
    Claire: Frank? What the devil are you doing?
    Claire: ...You're not Frank.
    Jonathan Randall: No, madam, I'm not.
    Claire: Who the bloody hell are you?
    Jonathan Randall: I'm Jonathan Randall, esquire.
  • Unrequited Love: While Frank remains in love with Claire for quite some time after her return from the 18th-century, Claire cannot return what she felt for him before she fell in love with Jamie. Claire still cares for Frank but is no longer in love with him because Jamie is her True Love.
    Frank: Might you have forgotten him, with time?
    Claire: That amount of time doesn't exist.

     Brianna Randall 

Played by: Sophie Skelton

The daughter of Claire and Jamie. Claire and her first husband Frank raise Brianna in the 20th century.

  • Daddy's Girl: Was very close to her adoptive father Frank.
  • Shooting Lessons From Your Parents: Frank taught her to shoot.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She greatly resembles her biological father Jamie in both looks and mannerisms. Claire points this out to her in "Dragonfly in Amber", while trying to convince her that her father was an 18th century Scottish Highlander.

     Roger Wakefield 
Played by: Richard Rankin

The adopted son of Reverend Wakefield, who was his mother's biological uncle. On his biological father's side, Roger is distantly descended from the illegitimate son of Dougal MacKenzie and Geillis Duncan. He is a historian and is attracted to Claire's daughter Brianna.


     Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser
"Only in France, does a king need an audience to shite."
Played by: Duncan Lacroix
Jamie's godfather, and his "right-hand man". He is extremely loyal to Jamie.

  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the novels, Murtagh died at Culloden while saving Jamie from Jack Randall. In the series, he ends up in America.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Jamie Fraser. He was in love with Ellen MacKenzie Fraser and swore to watch over her son.

     Jenny Fraser Murray
"Love forces a person to choose. You do things you never imagined you could do before."
Played by: Laura Donnelly

Jamie's sister, and the unofficial Lady of Lallybroch, as she and her husband Ian have been managing the castle and lands in Jamie's absence.

  • Action Girl: When her brother is taken by English soldiers and Claire is determined to go and search for him, Jenny — despite having given birth only a few days earlier — straps on a couple of pistols, mounts a horse and tracks the English patrol to their camp in the forest, whereupon she traps a soldier, tortures him into revealing that he's a courier, and enables them to find out where Jamie has gone. She is fully prepared to kill the courier to stop him revealing that they are looking for Jamie, except that Murtagh gets there first. Action Girl indeed.
  • Attempted Rape: Black Jack attempted to rape her, but he wasn't able to get it up. So, she laughed at him hysterically because it was the only thing she could think of.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Has these moments with Jamie.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has quite the dry wit.
  • Happily Married: To Ian Murray.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Jenny gives this to an English soldier by heating up the ramrod of his musket in the campfire and applying it to the soles of his bare feet, in order to get him to reveal what they've done with Jamie.

     Ian Murray

Played by: Steven Cree

Jenny's husband and Jamie Fraser's childhood friend. Unlike his wife and friend, he rarely loses his temper and is usually easy-going and calm. He is extremely loyal to Jamie.

     Fergus Fraser

Played by: Romann Berreux, César Domboy

A ten-year-old pickpocket whom Jamie meets in a Paris brothel and hires into his service to allow him to steal documents from Prince Charles and thus spy on him. He becomes like a son to Jamie and Claire and returns with them to Scotland when they leave France. When the Jacobite uprising occurs he insists on accompanying Jamie, Claire, and Murtagh on the road to fight for Prince Charles.

  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses his left hand at the wrist.
  • Body Horror: Is branded by Jack Randall in Paris, while Randall is raping him.
  • Cheerful Child: He is surprisingly upbeat, considering his background as an orphaned street kid forced into thieving (and maybe other unsavory things) to stay alive.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Jamie and Claire during their stay in Paris.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: His parents are in all possibility dead, leaving him an orphan.
  • Happily Adopted: Is unofficially adopted by Jamie and Claire Fraser during their stay in Paris, and ends up accompanying them back to Scotland. Later, when he marries Marsali and the officiating priest needs him to have a surname, Jamie tells him to use Fraser.
  • Parental Substitute: Jamie and Claire are this for him. Claire, in particular, seems to have taken up a mothering role toward him, especially after losing her daughter Faith, who was stillborn.
  • Rape as Drama: He is raped by Jack Randall in a Parisian brothel. This is the event which sends Jamie over the edge an causes him to break his vow to Claire to not duel Randall until after the birth of Randall's child.
  • Son of a Whore: He was born to one of the prostitutes in Madame Elise's brothel; he doesn't know which.
  • Starting a New Life: Fergus accompanies Claire and Jamie back to Scotland after the couple's disastrous stay in Paris.
  • Street Urchin: Before being adopted by Jamie, Fergus spent his childhood in the streets, occasionally taking shelter in a brothel, and took to thieving to survive.


Season 1 Characters

     Mrs Graham

Played by: Tracey Wilkinson

The Reverend Wakefield's housekeeper.

  • Cassandra Truth: When Claire disappears she's the only one who realises that she's gone through the stones. She tries to convince Frank and the Reverend of it, but they refuse to believe her.
  • The Confidant: Is this to Claire after Claire returns to the 20th century, as Claire confides in her about her love for Jamie Fraser and what happened to him.
  • Secret Keeper: Is one of the few people in the 20th century who know the truth about the stones on Craigh na Dun. She's also the only one Claire confides in.

     Reverend Reginald Wakefield 
Played by: John Bell

A minister who resides in 20th century Inverness. He becomes close friends with Frank Randall due to their shared love of Jacobite history.

     Mrs Glenna Fitzgibbons
Played by: Annette Badland

Nicknamed "Mrs Fitz". The kindly headwoman of Castle Leoch. She is Laoghaire's maternal grandmother and Murtagh's aunt by marriage.

Season 2 Characters

     Mother Hildegarde
Played by: Frances de la Tour

An elderly nun whom Claire befriends in Paris. She runs L'Hopital des Anges, a hospital dedicated to treating the poor of the city. They have no proper doctors on staff, relying on volunteer work. She owns an adorable dog named Bouton trained to pinpoint various ailments, and is also, incidentally, a musical prodigy and the goddaughter of Louis XIV, the Sun King.

     Master Raymond
Played by: Dominique Pinon

An apothecary whom Claire befriends in Paris.

  • A Friend in Need: He sneaks into the L'Hopital when Claire is suffering from childbed fever and helps her recover by somehow pulling the infected detached placenta from her womb.
    • Earlier, Claire goes to him after hearing news of a planned witch-hunt which will end in blood and begs him to leave Paris to be safe. Raymond is touched by her concern for him, especially seeing that she put her own life at risk to try and help him.
  • Mysterious Past: His background is unknown, though many things hint at his true origins, such as the pattern on his jacket and the items in his apothecary shop. In the books, he is a time traveler originally from 2000 BC, and other time travelers such as Claire and Geillis are distantly descended from him.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: He slips some poison into the chalice during the trial in Versailles, knowing that St. Germain would have no choice but to drink it and die.

     Louise de Rohan

Played by: Claire Sermonne

A French noblewoman whom Claire befriends in Paris.

     Mary Hawkins

Played by: Rosie Day

A timid, stuttering Englishwoman whom Claire befriends in Paris, where her father has sent her to marry a French nobleman she doesn't care for. She is the Duke of Sandringham's goddaughter, Frank's ancestress, and destined to marry Jonathan Randall.

  • Defiled Forever: After her rape, she is deemed as having lost all value as a potential wife because no respectable man in 18th-century noble society will marry her.
  • Nice Girl: There isn't a mean bone in her body. She is probably one of the nicest characters in the series so far, along with her Love Interest Alex Randall.
  • Rape as Drama: She is raped by a thug in an alley when she and Claire are walking home from L'Hopital des Anges.
  • Rape and Revenge: In "Vengeance Is Mine" she takes revenge on the man who raped her, by stabbing him in the heart. Murtagh executes the man who was behind Mary's rape (Sandringham), further avenging Mary.
  • Shrinking Violet: When Claire first meets her in Paris, she appears to be very shy and nervous. During the Paris storyline, she seems to gain some confidence in herself, though it's seemingly reversed when she's raped and has to deal with the fallout. By the time Claire reunites with her in Sandringham's house, she's definitely grown a backbone.
  • Starcrossed Lovers: She and Alex.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In "Vengeance Is Mine", when she helps Claire make contact with Jamie (though she only finds the courage to do so after seeing that Claire's attempt to bring a message to Munro failed), stands up to Danton when he tries to roughly manhandle her, and in the end straight-up kills the man who raped her. She also doesn't flinch at all when she sees her own godfather brutally beheaded in front of her — though it does horrify her. Afterward, Mary simply suggests their group leave the house after the deed is done.

     Alexander Randall 
Played by: Laurence Dobiesz

Jack Randall's brother. He is a secretary in the employ of the Duke of Sandringham. During a trip to Paris, he meets and falls in love with Mary Hawkins.

  • Morality Pet: Possibly the only person that Black Jack ever loved, or indeed felt any genuine affection for.
  • Nice Guy: In sharp contrast to his brother. Alex is always unassuming, soft-spoken, and concerned for the well-being of others.
  • Starcrossed Lovers: He and Mary.

Season 3 Characters

     Lord John Grey 
Played by: David Berry

  • Deadpan Snarker: He's not averse to tossing out a pointed quip or two should the situation call for it.
  • An Officer and a Gentleman: He's an experienced, decorated military man, as well as being the son of a minor noble house. As such, he is invariably polite in almost all situations.
  • Parental Substitute: To Jamie's son William. Jamie asks Lord John to serve as a father to his son and look after him in his stead after he and Lord John both realize Jamie must leave Helwater. Lord John and his wife Isobel agree to raise Willie, promising Jamie they will look after his son.
  • Straight Gay: He keeps up a respectable image, even marrying a woman for the sake of looking after that woman's nephew (who also happens to be the son of his unrequited love Jamie Fraser, mainly because homosexuality at this point in time carried a death sentence under English law.

     Geneva Dunsany

Played by: Hannah James

The headstrong and spoiled daughter of Lord and Lady Dunsany.

  • Death by Childbirth: She dies giving birth to her son, Willie.
  • Old Man Marrying a Child: Geneva is a teenager headed into an Arranged Marriage with a man old enough to be her grandfather; as such, she wants her first time to be with Jamie (whom she is attracted to) and not her soon-to-be husband.
  • Sexual Extortion: She uses her power over Jamie to coerce him into having sex with her

     Isobel Dunsany 
Played by: Tanya Reynolds

Sister of Geneva, and youngest daughter of Lord and Lady Dunsany. She is in love with Lord John Grey and hopes to marry him.

     Joe Abernathy 
Played by: Wil Johnson

A close friend of Claire's in the 20th century. Like her, he is a surgeon.

     (Young) Ian Murray 
Played by: John Bell

     Marsali MacKimmie 
Played by: Lauren Lyle
Laoghaire's daughter, and Jamie's stepdaughter
  • Elopement: She elopes with Fergus on the ship to Jamaica. Jamie tries to return her to shore (as Laoghaire will be furious about the whole thing), Marsali then neatly explains that if he doesn't allow her to marry she'll lie and say they're already consummated the marriage.
    Marsali: I'll either be marrit, or ruined.

     Mr. Willoughby 
Played by: Gary Young


Played by: Grant O'Rourke

One of Dougal MacKenzie's men. He is best friends with Angus Mhor.

  • Eye Scream: During "Vengeance is Mine" he's shot in the eye by an English bullet. Claire has to quickly operate to save him once their group is safe inside the chapel. He survives but loses the use of that eye.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Angus.
  • Those Two Guys: With Angus.

     Angus Mhor

Played by: Stephen Walters

One of Dougal MacKenzie's men. He is best friends with Rupert.

     Geillis Duncan

Played by: Lotte Verbeek

An attractive red-headed Scottish woman who resides in Crainsmuir, a village close to Castle Leoch. She is the fiscal's wife. Claire befriends her while she is out picking herbs. Geillis is rumoured to be a witch, and sells ill-wishes, abortions and the like to anyone who wishes to pay for them. Unbeknownst to Claire, Geillis is a time traveller from the year 1968, with plans to influence the outcome of the Jacobite rebellion.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the books, she was blonde.
  • Burn the Witch!: She and Claire are arrested for witchcraft, with this as a punishment.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Not that she was ever really a Face to begin with, given that she was an unapologetic serial black widow, but she and Claire had been on friendly terms despite that. In Season 3, she goes full-blown antagonist, raping Young Ian and several other young men (most of which she murdered afterward) and planning to go forward in time and kill Brianna to fulfill a prophecy that would land a Scottish king on the throne. She's so bad that she's acquired the epithet 'the Bakra', an Afro-Caribbean word meaning 'devil'. Claire puts an end to her.
  • Fiery Redhead: She is a redhead with a feisty and strong-minded personality.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: During the witch trial she chooses to confess to the accusations about her and admits to being a witch to give Claire and Jamie time to escape. Her death is not shown, but the implication is clear as she is carried by the mob to the stake. However, her execution was delayed because she was pregnant, and Dougal managed to smuggle her to safety after she gave birth.
  • Mysterious Past: Not much is known about her past before marrying Arthur Duncan. It's revealed in "The Devil's Mark" that she's really a time traveller from 1968.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: She has quite a mouth on her. Notable moments include her swearing in "The Devil's Mark", which hints at her true origin in the 20th century.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: It's revealed in "The Devil's Mark" that she's been poisoning her husband with arsenic for months so that he dies before discovering her pregnancy, leaving her free to wed her lover Dougal MacKenzie. When he accidentally discovers the truth on the day of the banquet, Geillis poisons his food with cyanide which kills him instantly.
  • Wicked Witch: Whether she's literally a witch or not, she practices the trappings of dark magic and believes in much of it herself.


     Jonathan Wolverton Randall

Played by: Tobias Menzies

The Big Bad of season 1. Jack Randall (called 'Black Jack' for his dark heart) is the commander of the garrison at Fort William. He has a dangerous obsession with Jamie Fraser, and is determined to hunt him down at any cost.

  • Big Bad: Of the first season.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Tortures Jamie in Wentworth to an unimaginable degree.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Enjoys employing sexual sadism on victims of either gender.
  • Sadist: He takes pleasure in tormenting his prisoners.
  • Scarpia Ultimatum: When Claire is caught trying to break Jamie out of prison, Randall offers a Sadistic Choice to Jamie: Let himself be used for sex for one night or see Claire be raped and tormented by Randall instead. Unsurprisingly, Jamie chooses to give himself.
  • Sex Is Violence: He enjoys violent sex a lot, as seen by his torture/sex sessions with prisoners who catch his fancy.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Black Jack Randall is very soft-spoken and terrifyingly sadistic.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He bears a strong resemblance to his brother Alex and his descendant Frank.

     Dougal MacKenzie

Played by: Graham McTavish

The War Chief of Clan MacKenzie, brother to Colum MacKenzie and uncle of Jamie Fraser. He is a staunch supporter of the Jacobite cause, and will do anything to see the Stuarts back on the British throne.

  • Action Dad: He has three offscreen daughters who live in Beannadcht with his wife Maura while he goes about Clan MacKenzie's business. He's also the biological father of Colum's son Hamish and of Geillis Duncan's unborn child, but isn't allowed to acknowledge either.
  • Badass in Charge: He is War Chief of Clan MacKenzie and in charge of any official business outside of Castle Leoch.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He helps rescue Claire from Fort William in "The Reckoning".
  • Brains and Brawn: The brawn to Colum's brain. Dougal is war chief of the MacKenzies, and meant to aid Colum in times of war.
  • The Confidant: To his brother Colum.
  • The Exile: Is exiled to Beannadcht in "By the Pricking of My Thumbs" by Colum as punishment for going behind Colum's back to raise money for the Jacobite cause.
  • Large and in Charge: Dougal is definitely this.
  • Master Swordsman: He is one of the strongest fighters in the series.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He is extremely loyal to Charles's cause and willing to do anything to see the Stuarts restored on the English throne.

     Laoghaire MacKenzie

Played by: Nell Hudson

Laoghaire is Mrs Fitz's granddaughter and is of the MacKenzie clan. She starts the series as a teenaged girl who falls in love with Jamie Fraser, and feels that she must have him at any cost. During the 20-year period while Claire is back in the 20th century, it is revealed Laoghaire has been married three times, has two daughters (Marsali and Joan) by her second husband, and her third marriage was to Jamie, who married her to be a father to her children. However, their marriage fails and they end up living apart.

  • Berserk Button: Laoghaire is very nice to Brianna when she finds Bree injured in the woods and takes her into her home... until she mentions who her mother is.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She is very attractive, but has a vindictive and jealous side that comes out when she sees Jamie return to Leoch married to Claire.
  • Burn the Witch!:
    • She is behind Claire's arrest for witchcraft at the end of "By the Pricking of My Thumbs", as she gives Claire the letter allegedly from Geillis, which causes Claire to be in Geillis's house when the mob arrives to arrest Geillis, and can be seen watching with a smug smile on her face as Claire is taken away. She also later appears as a witness during Claire's trial, giving evidence which would damn Claire to burn.
    • Laoghaire tries to do the same to Brianna, who has travelled from the 20th century to save Jamie and Claire when she learns a house fire will take their lives. When Brianna confides she must find her parents because there will be a fire, Laoghaire asks Brianna how she knows this and declares Brianna to be a witch just like her mother, vowing to have her arrested for witchcraft. Joan, Laoghaire's youngest daughter, helps Brianna escape the room Laoghaire locked her in and gets her to Lallybroch.
  • Domestic Abuse: Jamie confides to Claire that he thinks Laoghaire had been abused before he married her, possibly by one of her previous two husbands:
    Jamie: I tried to be gentle wi' [Laoghaire], but it was no use. Maybe it was her first husband, Hugh, or her second husband, Simon. Well, nobody kens what happens in the marriage bed. She was hurt. I could see the fear in her eyes. So I left. I couldn't bear the thought of someone being afraid of my touch.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Claire after Claire marries Jamie.
  • Unrequited Love: For Jamie.
  • Yandere: Towards Jamie. After Claire returns to the 18th century and he leaves Laoghaire to go back to her, Laoghaire actually shoots at and wounds him.

     Father Bain 
Played by: Tim McInnerny

The local priest in 18th century Inverness. He develops a hatred of Claire after Claire goes against him to heal Mrs Fitz's sick nephew.

     The Duke of Sandringham 
Played by: Simon Callow

An important English nobleman. He is rumoured to be a secret supporter of the Jacobites. Claire and Jamie first meet him when Jamie attempts to negotiate with him to get a pardon from the English King which would allow him to return permanently to Lallybroch as laird. Later the couple is reintroduced to him in Paris. Though he seems at first glance a bumbling fool, he hides a cunning and ruthless mind.—-

     Le Comte St. Germain

Played by: Stanley Weber

A French noble who becomes an enemy of Claire after she insists on telling the truth and causing his ship (and the valuable shipments that are on it) to be fired due to there being a case of smallpox on board.

  • Mr. Fanservice: Definitely, seeing as he's played by Stanely Weber.
  • Killed By The Adaptation: In the books, the poison Master Raymond arranged for him to take was secretly nonfatal. This doesn't appear to be the case in the show.
  • See You in Hell: His last words to Claire.

     Prince Charles Edward Stuart

Played by: Andrew Gower

AKA Charlie, or Bonnie Prince Charlie. Son of James Stuart (the Old Pretender to the English throne), and keen to see his dad become king. As such, the instigator (historically speaking, anyway) of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745.

  • Catchphrase: "Mark me."
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Claire had heard the stories from the 20th century noting Charles as a wise, cunning and inspirational leader. She's thus thrown when she discovers the real man is an arrogant drunk who's so convinced of his "destiny" that he ignores the advice of others. When she returns to the 20th century, Claire is visibly disgusted going through a museum with a display (complete with a statue) celebrating Charles as an iconic man when she remembers the idiot who led thousands of his men to slaughter and ruined Scotland.
    Claire: They took a fool and made him into a hero.
  • It's All About Me: Charles thinks that the world revolves around him, his ambitions, and everyone else's job is to serve him. An example can be seen in his characteristic gesture whenever his glass is empty: he just holds it up in the expectation that someone will fill it. Justified because he's been raised in a family that believes it has a divine right to the English throne.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: The historical Charlie was this for the Highlanders in general, and his series counterpart is shaping up to follow suit.
  • Upper-Class Twit: It's never entirely clear whether Charlie is this or whether he's using Obfuscating Stupidity, but he does give a very strong impression of not having all the lights on upstairs. Unfortunately, he's just canny enough to be dangerous.

Other Characters

     Colum MacKenzie 
Played by: Gary Lewis

The chieftain of Clan Mackenzie, and brother to Dougal. He is also Jamie's uncle. Colum has Toulouse-Lautrec syndrome. In contrast to Dougal, he is very pragmatic and calculating.

  • Handicapped Badass: He has those crooked legs, but it never shows when he wields authority. During the pledges of fealty, he is standing without support for hours, never flinching.
  • Large Ham: He has his moments. He is even hamming it up in Gaelic.


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