Ronald D. Moore’s time-traveling TV series Outlander has finally found its Lord John Grey in an up-and-coming Aussie.
According to Entertainment Weekly, David Berry has been tapped to play the fan-favorite character in the upcoming third season of Starz’s critically acclaimed drama series. Lord John Grey was first introduced earlier this year as a 16-year-old young British soldier named William Grey (his full name is John William Grey) back in Episode 9 of Season 2, “Je Suis Prest,” and was played by Oscar Kennedy.
Grey is a major supporting character in Diana Gabaldon’s book series who became so popular that Gabaldon wrote a series of mystery novels, novellas and short stories around him. Lord John is set to play an integral part in the life of Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) from Season 3 onward, as the two men strike up a complicated and lifelong friendship. The last Lord John novel, The Scottish Prisoner (2011), actually centers on both Jamie and John as the two have to work together.
Here’s Starz's official description of the character:
Lord John Grey is a steadfast and honorable British subject, torn between a finely-honed sense of familial duty and a strong moral compass of right and wrong. He is boyishly handsome with an upper class rearing — the consummate gentleman. However, a scandal from his past has relegated Lord John to an undesirable position as governor of a desolate prison in Northern Scotland.
David Berry is an up-and-coming Australian actor mostly known for portraying James Bligh in the popular Australian TV series A Place to Call Home. So this'll be his first American role. Having seen him on the show (and being a huge fan of Lord John Grey), I actually think Berry will be perfect for the part (if we choose to ignore the fact that the actor is 6 foot1 and not 5 foot-something like Book!John). Berry will come on board as Grey in Season 3 when the British officer becomes the governor of Ardsmuir Prison, where Jamie Fraser is incarcerated, and where the two will strike up an uneasy friendship over (in part) some mean games of chess.
Season 3 will be based on Diana Gabaldon’s third book in the Outlander series, Voyager. It will “pick up right after Claire travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank. Back in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other.”
Are you looking forward to seeing David Berry in the role of Lord John Grey when Outlander returns for a third season in 2017?