Frances de la Tour joins the cast of Outlander as Mother Hidegarde!
Brilliant! Do you know that every time I encountered Mother Hildegarde in the books I pictured Frances de la Tour! She's a brilliant actress and one who just seems perfect for this role.
De la Tour's career spans five decades across theatre, film and television. On the TV side, her many credits include Poirot, Waking The Dead, Marple, New Tricks and BBC One’s Big School. She is also a regular on the ITV sitcom Vicious (pictured), which is currently in the middle of its second season and airs on PBS in the United States.
And on the film side... well I think a lot of us remember her as Madame Maxine in Harry Potter but has recently been in Into the Woods, Hugo, and Alice in Wonderland.
Mother Hidegarde is a key figure in the second book Dragonfly In Amber (which season two is based on), Mother Hildegarde is the intelligent and commanding Mother Superior who runs L’Hopital Des Anges in Paris. A tall, gaunt woman with a deep and powerful voice, Hildegarde comes from an aristocratic, well-connected family.
We have a new Claire... kind of. This is Claire Sermonne who will be playing Louise de Rohan in the second season of Outlander.
For those who know nothing about her she is the representation of a historical figure by the name of Marie Louise de La Tour d'Auvergne who later married a man named Jule Hercule Meriadec de Rohan, who I assume we will see in the second season as well.
The historical figure, who also appears in Diana Gabaldon’s Dragonfly in Amber, is a frivolous and animated member of the French Court. Claire befriends Louise during her tenure in Paris, and although the two women come from completely different worlds, they strike up a genuine friendship.
Sermonne is a graduate of both the Conservatory of the Dramatic Arts in Paris and the Moscow Art Theatre, where she trained in theatre, song, and dance. She starred in the Russian TV series The Rights and Laws.
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Outlander Season 2 News: Black Jack Randall's Brother Has Been Cast and he will be gentle and loving...
Laurence Dobiesz will be playing Alexander "Alex" Randall. Alex is described as a gentle, loving and kind person, which is a total turn around from what we've seen of Jonathan Randall.
Margaux Chatelier has been cast as Annalise de Marillac. Annalise is a woman Jamie once had feelings for while he was in France during his soldiering years with Ian.
The ambigious report that gradute of the Royal Conservatiore of Scotland actress Natalie Spence will be playing the second wife??? What this means I couldn't tell you. There is speculation among Outlander fans that she will be Louise de la Tour who becomes friends with Claire. There is no actual word on this being confirmed and it is possible she's just an extra "wife" to one of the noblemen they will meet.
Romann Berrux who has been cast as Fergus and who Diana says is doing a great job in the role. Ferus is a young French pickpocket who is incredibly loyal to the Frasers.
Bonnie Prince Charlie will be played by Andrew Gower. Charles Stuart, the young heir to the exiled Catholic royal dynasty, is plotting his epic return to the throne. You can find out more about Andrew at IMDB.
At first, I wanted to yell from whatever perch I could find just how awful it was that this episode was written the way it was written but then I re-watched it (to my horror). Now I find it brilliant. So let me recap a bit and tell you why.
We start off in Wentworth Prison where Jamie wakes next to Black Jack Randall (he's the f-ing bastard we talked about last episode). Jamie is clearly in turmoil here which is a wonderful touch because it brings out a truth about rape. You aren't okay afterwards.
Randall gets up to dress though Jamie asks for his part of the deal which is death (NO!). But there is a sound and Randall wants to investigate. Much to his surprise there are cows thundering through the prison.
Okay I have to pause to say I've read and heard much criticize about these cows and how cows wouldn't just do this but that really isn't entirely true. If you look closely these cows aren't coming in the back door. They are already in the prison which means Rupert, Angus and Murtagh already led them into the prison which is a confined space and they are being herded. If these cows are panicked or scared enough to stampede... they would do this. Would they be able to bust down a metal door? Hinges are the weak link and those cows likely way a ton. I'm okay with this scene.