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‘Outlander’ Casts Brianna: Sophie Skelton Nabs Fan-Favorite Role for Season 2

Starz’s “Outlander” has cast British actress Sophie Skelton in the fan-favorite role of Brianna for Season 2, the premium cabler announced Thursday.

(Spoiler Alert) Brianna, a striking, redheaded young lady, is the daughter of lead characters Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). Strong-minded and intelligent beyond her years (traits inherited from both her mother and father), Brianna has a distinctly scholastic mindset and a healthy dose of Fraser stubbornness.

Skelton joins previously announced cast member Richard Rankin, who will play Roger Wakefield. Rankin will portray the adult version of Reverend Wakefield’s adopted son, who viewers met as a child in Season 1.

Skelton, a trained singer and dancer, has appeared in UK TV shows including “Doctors,” “DCI Banks,” “Waterloo Road” and “Foyle’s War.” She and most recently appeared in a lead role in an episode of the BBC drama “Casualty – Forsaking All Others.” She’ll next be seen in the title role in “Ren,” a fantasy action-adventure series for Mythica Entertainment in which she plays a young woman marked by an ancient spirit who must risk everything to discover the truth about her life. On the big screen, she’ll appear in “Another Mother’s Son,” directed by Christopher Menaul, followed by “Ladybird,” directed by Tim Fellingham and Charlotte Stente Nelson.

Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s sprawling series of novels have been anxiously awaiting news of the character’s casting since production began on Season 2, even creating a hashtag, #BreeWatch, while speculating over potential actresses for the role.

Book two in Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series, “Dragonfly in Amber” — on which Season 2 is based — begins as Claire and Jamie arrive in France, hell-bent on infiltrating the Jacobite rebellion led by Prince Charles Stuart (Andrew Gower), and stopping the battle of Culloden. With the help of his cousin Jared (Robert Cavanah), 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.

The cast also includes Tobias Menzies (Frank Randall/Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall), Graham McTavish (Dougal MacKenzie), Gary Lewis (Colum MacKenzie), Duncan Lacroix (Murtagh FitzGibbons Fraser), Rosie Day (Mary Hawkins), Claire Sermonne (Louise De Rohan) and Stanley Webber (Le Comte St Germain).

Starz’s “Outlander” is produced by Ronald D. Moore, Jim Kohlberg, Andy Harries, Maril Davis, Ira Steven Behr, Toni Graphia and Anne Kenney, which hails from Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television. Season 2 of the series will debut on Starz in April.

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