Starz’s juggernaut sci-fi/fantasy series OUTLANDER has tapped David Berry to play Lord John Grey in the upcoming third season, due out in 2017. The series is based on the best-selling series by Diana Gabaldon, first published in 1993. The role was previously played by Oscar Kennedy in the episode “Je Suis Prest” earlier this year.
In the books, Grey first arrives as a young English soldier before the Battle of Prestonpans and later is the governor of Ardsmuir Prison where he becomes friends with protagonist Claire’s great love and second husband, Jamie Fraser. The official description of Grey from Starz states: “He’s 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.”
The second season followed Claire and Jamie through the Battle of Prestonpans and Culloden, at the end of which Claire was sent through time to her original era in 1948. She reunited with her first husband Frank, who became a surrogate father to her child with Jamie for the next twenty years. The new season will pick up right where season two left off, with Claire attempting to get back to the 18th century and her beloved Jamie.
The network previously announced the show was picked up through the fourth season and creator Ronald D. Moore previously told reporters that the series “will be around for a long time.” After his appearances in the Outlander series, Grey became the main character in the Lord John historical mystery novels and novellas, which could provide ample material for Outlander’s future series, or a potential spinoff considering the popularity of the show and books’ world.
Berry is an Australian actor who has previously starred in the TV series A Place to Call Home and has toured internationally as a singer with the group Scream and Shout.
Emily J | Staff Writer