NEW Interview with Richard Rankin from Herald Scotland   1 comment

Here is a NEW Interview with Richard Rankin from Herald Scotland

From Herald Scotland:

His character Roger Wakefield MacKenzie features in all eight instalments – and counting – of Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling book series, so you don’t need to be a maths genius to deduce that the Glasgow-born actor should remain an integral part of the small-screen adaptation for some time yet.

More after the jump!

It’s already been a wild journey. The incarnation of Roger in series five, which begins streaming on Amazon Prime Video tomorrow, is a far cry from the bookish, Oxford don we first meet in the 1960s, back in series two.

Having time-travelled through a mysterious set of standing stones to 18th-century Scotland and then sought passage to colonial America, the adventurous, history-loving professor could give Indiana Jones a run for his money when it comes to heart-thumping close shaves.

Having time-travelled through a mysterious set of standing stones to 18th-century Scotland and then sought passage to colonial America, the adventurous, history-loving professor could give Indiana Jones a run for his money when it comes to heart-thumping close shaves.

Already Roger has survived a transatlantic crossing with a villainous pirate, been wrongly accused of rape, sold to the Mohawk people as a slave and ended up estranged from the woman he loves after uprooting his comfortable 20th-century life to be with her.

Rankin, 37, clearly relishes the role, one that sees him based in Glasgow for eight months each year (while later series of Outlander are set in the rugged, untamed backcountry of North Carolina, the show is still filmed on location in Scotland and at purpose-built studios in Cumbernauld).

He was in his mid-twenties when a chance conversation with a Hollywood producer while on holiday in Los Angeles planted the seed to swap plans of an IT career to pursue acting.

Early roles included meeting a grisly end on Taggart – a rite of passage for any actor cutting their teeth – before becoming a regular on cult BBC Scotland comedy sketch show Burnistoun in 2009.

Rankin toured with the National Theatre of Scotland’s globally acclaimed production of Gregory Burke’s Black Watch in 2010 (more of that in a minute) before building his CV with roles in BBC series The Crimson Field, The Syndicate and From Darkness.

‘More recently, he has starred alongside Morven Christie and Vicky McClure in award-winning drama The Replacement, had a part in medical thriller Trust Me and joined the cast of BBC Radio Scotland cycling-themed comedy Saddled.

Here Rankin talks childhood heroes, life passions and being part of a global TV phenomenon.

READ THE REST OF THE INTERVIEW HERE

 

Posted February 16, 2020 by primrosesandrue16 in Outlander, Richard Rankin

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One response to “NEW Interview with Richard Rankin from Herald Scotland

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  1. Great interview. Yes, I sincerely hope Roger Rankin is with Outlander all the way through. I hope they take the series to Book 8.

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