Roger Jeremiah MacKenzie Wakefield is the son of Marjorie and Jeremiah MacKenzie and was born in Kyle of Lochalsh. His birth parents were killed during World War II; his father's plane went down and his mother was killed in the London Blitz.
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.
Roger Wakefield (RIK RANKIN)
Roger Wakefield is portrayed by actor Richard "Rik" Rankin. Richard was born in Rutherglen, Glasgow, on 4 January 1983, his birth name actually being Richard Harris. It was changed to Rankin, his mother's maiden name, to avoid any confusion with the famous Irish actor. Initially wanting to be an IT professional, he was inspired by a trip to Los Angeles at the age of 21 to train as an actor the following year.
Rik first attracted attention in the Scottish comedy series 'Burnistoun', shown regionally, and toured worldwide in the Olivier Award winning play, 'Black Watch', for the National Theatre of Scotland. It was his iconic role as Capt. Thomas Gillan in 'The Crimson Field' that led to other strong performances on national television such as, 'Silent Witness', 'The Syndicate', 'From Darkness', and 'Thirteen' for the BBC.
In Season One, Claire and Frank meet Roger when he is very young at Rev. Wakefield's home. Young Roger was orphaned during World War II.
In Season Two, Claire returns to the 20th century and while staying at Rev. Wakefield's home with Frank, we encounter young Roger again. He has taken to calling the Reverend "Father" which the Reverend hasn't corrected.
In the 1960s, Claire and Brianna show up on his doorstep during his adopted father's wake. Claire and Brianna stay with Roger who is trying to avoid dealing with all of his father's belongings. Brianna begins helping him with packing things up when Brianna stumbles upon evidence of her mother's disappearance and long absence from Frank Randall. Upon doing the math, Brianna realizes Frank Randall can't be her biological father and confronts her mother.
Claire tells Brianna the truth, that her father is a 18th century Scottish warrior who died at the Battle of Culloden, as Claire believes it. Roger doesn't know what to believe but tells Brianna if her mother is crazy it might be okay to humor her. However, he becomes a believer after an encounter with Gillian Edgars, known to Claire as Geillis Duncan, and the standing stones; Roger can't help but believe Claire is a time traveler and that he himself has the same ability.
In the end, Roger tells Brianna and Claire that he researched the Lovat regimen and discovered Jamie Fraser was the only officer that didn't die at the Battle of Culloden or soon after.
In Season Three, Roger and Brianna track Jamie through history to help Claire return to the man she loves.
Jamie and Claire make it to the Colonies after rescuing Young Ian. There is no turning back so they must make the best of it and it just so happens Jamie's Aunt Jocasta lives in North Carolina. Jamie is determined to make a place in the Colonies for his family. Surprises await when Jamie meets his time traveling daughter and discovers her own trials and their results.
Jamie enlists the help of Young Ian to ward off threats to his daughter and family and in the process loses the nephew who is like a son to him.
Jamie has come to terms with his new son-in-law and is totally besotted by his grandson. Now the Fraser's head to the Clan Gathering where politics, religion and weddings are the name of the game.
With the start of tensions in the Colonies, Jamie must decide when it is the right time to declare for the American Colonists against the British.
Jamie's life is threaten when he's bit by a snake and new settlers come to Fraser's Ridge.
It finally seems like things are settling down, when violence comes to the Ridge in the form of a gang who attacks Marsali and abducts Claire. Jamie won't stand for it and woe to anyone who harms his Sassenach.
After saving Claire, Jamie and Claire's peace is shaken when Claire falls ill and Malva Christie claims the child she carries is Jamie's. But when Malva turns up murdered, Claire is the prime suspect.
Jamie and Claire join the American Revolution. They see famous battles, famous historical figures and Jamie's British son. But pain hits home when Jamie and Claire return to Scotland to bring a distant relative home only to find Ian ill and Jenny at odds with Claire. Jamie stays in Scotland to remain by Ian's side in his final days while Claire and Young Ian return to the Colonies.
After Ian's death, Jamie and Jenny go to France, planning to sail to the Colonies only to be left behind by their ship. Unbeknownst to Lord John and Claire who find out the ship Jamie and Jenny were supposed to be one went down with all souls lost.
Jamie returns to the Colonies to find his wife married to Lord John, his son Fergus's family in danger, his friend Lord John claiming carnal knowledge of his wife, and his illegitimate son realizing exactly who his father is. Now Jamie has to navigate through pain, plots and paternal hatred all while trying to get home to the Ridge and work with George Washington.
Young Roger as played by Rory Burns