Currently in its third season, the Starz drama series Outlander has seen 20 years pass, as Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) have attempted to make a life apart from one another work, separated by the centuries while each are haunted by the memory of their lost love. At the same time, it’s a fun balance to watch the budding relationship between their daughter, Brianna (Sophie Skelton), and Roger Wakefield (Richard Rankin).
Dragonfly in Amber begins in 1968 at the wake of Rev. Reginald Wakefield. Roger is watching the Avengers with a group of children in a daze when Fiona comes and tells him he should really get back to his guests. Roger goes out and toasts his “father” [Rev. Wakefield was his Great Uncle but his adoptive father after the death of Roger’s parents].
Roger sees a red haired girl and goes looking for her. Getting distracted by those paying their respect he thinks he’s missed her when she finds him, asking if he’s Roger Wakefield. An older Claire appears reminiscing about how young Roger was the last time she saw him and him meeting her daughter but Roger says he’s not had the pleasure (boys got it so bad). Bree introduces herself. Then Claire explains she’s an old friend of his father’s and that her husband was also. Roger finally realizes Claire is Frank Randall’s wife. He mentions her being a nurse and she tells him she’s now a doctor but Brianna comments her mother is being modest because she’s actually a surgeon. Claire asks after Mrs. Graham and we learn she died a few years back. (So is that three deaths in the 1960s? Frank, Rev. Wakefield and Mrs. Graham.)
Claire goes to look around and remember her time at the Manse while Roger asks Brianna if it is her first time in Scotland. Brianna has always been interested in Scotland but they don’t have time to take in the sites which Roger thinks is a shame as it is a “beautiful, wild country.” Fiona appears and drags Roger off to say goodbye to his guests.
Entertainment Weekly's new edition hit the stands today and while the cover is about Star Wars Rogue One, mostly, there is a small indication that there is something Outlandish afoot.
"It's a girl for Claire and Jamie! Meet the much-anticipated addition to Outlander bonny Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and her love interest - a very grown-up Roger Wakefield (Richard Rankin)."
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This is Sophie Skelton she is our Brianna Randall Fraser. She seems fairly new to the acting world (2012).
IMDB: Sophie Alexandra Skelton was born and raised in Woodford, England, UK. She is the youngest of three, with two older brothers Sam and Roger (ironic no?). Her parents, Simon and Ruth Skelton, are both toy inventors. Having completed her A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry, English Literature and Maths she turned down her University offers to pursue her career as an actor, being the first in the family to go into acting.
Skelton has appeared in TV series including Doctors, DCI Banks Waterloo Road and Foyle’s War. She most recently appeared on BBC drama Casualty – Forsaking All Others and will next be seen in action-adventure series Ren. On the film side, she’ll appear in upcoming feature Another Mother’s Son, directed by Christopher Menaul, followed by Ladybird, directed by Tim Fellingham and Charlotte Stente Nelson.
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