Ainsley Jordan joins Outlander as Claire Fraser’s rival Judith Wylie

OUTLANDER’S latest addition to the season four cast has been revealed as Ainsley Jordan, who has joined the series as Claire Fraser’s rival Judith Wylie.

Ainsley has been cast for the fourth season of Outlander, which is expected to hit television screens later this year, as the wife of plantation owner Philip Wylie.

Claire (played by Catriona Balfe) and Judith are reported to be become embroiled in a vicious spat and while the reason why has not been revealed, it could be down to Philip’s crush on the time traveller.

The new addition is also rumoured to have something to say about Claire’ fashion sense as she adjusts to life in the American colonies.

Ainsley said that she is very “excited” to be joining the cast of Outlander and took to Twitter to thank the show’s fans for their warm welcome messages following the announcement that she would be taking on the role of Judith.

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Outlander: Claire Fraser will have a new rival in the form of Judith Wylie

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“Very strange waking up to literally hundreds of nice messages from #Outlander fans!” she tweeted.

“But what a nice surprise! Excited for Judith to dip her toe into the Outlander gang.”

Ainsley has previously starred in a number of plays and movies as well as narrating her own radio show “Kidnapped”.

It comes after it was revealed that Jaime Fraser (Sam Heughan) could also have a rival as Scottish actor Craig McKinley has joined the cast.

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The 31-year-old is set to take on the role of Andrew MacNeil, a plantation owner near Cape Fear.

It is believed that he will lead Jaime and Claire to the sawmill where a lynching takes place in the fourth run of the time-travelling series.

The Glaswegian star has previously appeared as Sir Percival in King Arthur: Knights of the Round Table as well as television series Nightfall and short film Blood Loss.

Outlander cast spotted filming in park near Glasgow

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Outlander: How will the couple cope in the American colonies?

The fourth series of Outlander is set to see a significant new development for Claire and Jaime Fraser.

After surviving a storm and ship wreck, the couple have found themselves washed up on the shores of the American Colonies.

Outlander season four is expected to return to Starz later this year, and will follow on Amazon Prime Video shortly after.

Behind-the-scenes picture from the production set of Starz TV series “Outlander.”

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A behind-the-scenes picture from the production set of Starz TV series “Outlander.” Facebook/ Outlander

The filming of “Outlander” season 4 is going well so far. Co-executive Producer Matthew B. Roberts shared a brief production update online, along with a picture of the magical stones of Craigh na Dun. Meanwhile, the TV series and cast member Sam Heughan (Jamie) have won another online poll, thanks to the fans.

“Stoned,” Roberts jokingly wrote about the picture of Craigh na Dun set [see below]. It’s not clear if there will be another jump through time for Claire (Caitriona Balfe), but the producer said that the filming is “coming along nicely.”

“Can you hear the drum beats,” the producer asked in a hashtag. The plot of the next season is based on Diana Gabaldon’s book “Drums of Autumn.”

Co-executive Producer Maril Davis is also in Scotland currently. She recently shared a picture of some majestic snow-capped mountains [see below] that she saw while driving to work.

The next season will show Jamie and Claire in the American colonies. However, the production team hasn’t shifted base to the US, and all the filming will take place in Scotland. Scenes of Boston were previously filmed in Glasgow, and this time the Scottish wilderness will stand in for American forests and other locations. The Frasers will live in small cottage in the woods.

Meanwhile, there was another online poll that the TV series and Heughan have won. The results posted on Spoiler TV show the TV series wining in the best drama series category, and Heughan winning in the best actor category. Balfe, however, lost out in the best actress category to Elisabeth Moss from “The Handmaid’s Tale” by just over 60 votes.

There will be 13 episodes in “Outlander” season 4. About half the episodes may have been filmed already. The show will premiere sometime later this year, and the producers are yet to announce an exact release date.

Credit: Matthew B. Roberts/ Twitter

Credit: Maril Davis/ Twitter

 

Diana Gabaldon to dish on ‘Outlander’ at Savannah Book Fest

Savannah Book Fest: Scientist-turned-novelist Diana Gabaldon to dish on ‘Outlander’ at sold-out opening address

 

In the late 1980s, Diana Gabaldon was a research scientist working in the field of behavioral ecology when she set out to explore a new hobby that would transform her career rather drastically.

What became the New York Times bestselling series “Outlander” began as a piece of historical fiction and a challenge Gabaldon gave herself. She wanted to write a novel, just for practice. While watching the science-fiction television series “Doctor Who,” a Scottish character from the 18th century caught her attention. He became the foundation for one of the “Outlander” main characters, Jamie Fraser.

“That was an accident,” Gabaldon said in an interview with January Magazine. “I mean, everything was an accident, amazingly. I wanted to write a book for practice to learn how to write novels. And I was thinking what would be the easiest possible kind of thing to write, and I thought maybe a mystery, because I read more of those than anything.

“And then I thought, ‘Well, mysteries have plots. I’m not sure I can do that.’ And I thought perhaps that would be a historical novel because I was a research professor. Well, I was a scientist, but I did know how to use the library and it’s easier to look things up than to make them up entirely. So I said, ‘OK. I’ll write a historical novel.”

Gabaldon had joined an online message board, an early precursor to chat rooms, on the subject of literature. In the group, a man asked for a description of what it was like to be pregnant. Having three children already, Gabaldon understood the experience, but she had also written about it. At the time, she had kept her novel writing a secret. She shared a portion of the manuscript with the online message board, which reacted to it well. She decided to share more, and to write more.

In a stroke of luck, she found a literary agent and and sold the first unfinished manuscript for “Outlander.” Although it began as a piece of historical fiction, Gabaldon’s female protagonist did not fit well into 18th-century Scotland. So the book took a turn into science fiction with the introduction of 20th-century British nurse Claire Randall, who time travels from 1945 to 1743.

Originally marketed as a romance novel, “Outlander’s” popularity later allowed the publishing company to transition the series into the fiction section. Described as part historical fiction (based around the true story of Scotland’s Charles Edward Stuart), part romance novel and part science-fiction, “Outlander” has been hard to categorize, but that has rarely defeated its popularity.

“Whenever you’re dealing with something that’s difficult to describe, that you can’t get across to someone in a sound bite, it sounds like the normal default is to pick what’s easiest, and in the case of fiction written by women, fiction involving women, fiction involving any sort of relationship, the word that comes to mind is romance,” Gabaldon said in an interview with Vulture. “It’s canned stuff: ‘It’s steamy, it’s stirring, it’s sizzling, it’s a bodice ripper.’ And as I say, in romance novels, those are courtship stories. Once the couple is married, that’s the end of the story. And in our story, that means we would have stopped at episode seven.

“I’ve never seen anyone deal in a literary way with what it takes to stay married for more than 50 years, and that seemed like a worthy goal. On one level, this series is telling the story of how people stay married for a long time.”

The original “Outlander” book was published in 1991. Since then, Gabaldon has finished seven more books in the series, with a forthcoming ninth in the works. The “Outlander” series has been published in 26 countries and 23 languages and now includes several companion series. It has sold more 28 million copies in print.

In 2013, Starz revealed a television adaption of 16 episodes. It premiered in 2014 and was renewed for a fourth season in 2016. The third season aired in September and the fourth season is now being filmed. The television adaption has been nominated for several awards, including multiple Emmys and Golden Globes.

Soon after the second book, Gabaldon retired from her science career to focus on writing. She holds degrees in zoology, marine biology and a doctorate in quantitative behavioral ecology.

Tickets for her opening address at the 2018 Savannah Book Festival sold out in minutes.

“Diana Gabaldon, like Oprah, could run for president,” said Kim Bockius-Suwyn, executive director the festival. “I have to remind people we’re a literary festival. Diana’s fans are hysterical. They crashed our website.”

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What: Savannah Book Festival opening address

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 15

Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St.

Cost: Sold out

Info: savannahbookfestival.org

For more details about Outlander tours , phone 07305-294773

Is Jamie’s life in danger ?

Because dramatic behind-the-scenes footage may leave fans questioning the fate of one of the show’s main characters.

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Sam Heughan’s character Jamie can be seen in the middle of a heated exchange

Outlander star Sam Heughan’s character, Jamie, can be seen in a tense exchange with Native Americans while filming in Cumbernauld.

The footage comes after Season 4 filming revealed Caitriona Balfe‘s Clare could be in serious danger after being spotted on set.

Scots fans went wild when the show’s most recent Scottish filming locations were revealed.


Heughan can be seen in the clip surrounded by Native Americans brandishing spears and guns as the camera crew take up position.

It looks like a dangerous stand off with the natives as a rifle is pointed at his head in the middle of the woodland.

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A rifle can be seen being pointed towards Sam Heughan’s head

Production rolled into Cumbernauld Glen last month with viewers spotting a sign posted announcing the filming.

One glam fan even turned up on set in a bid to catch the Scots hunk’s eye with her racy get-up.

Last month, Richard Rankin, who plays Roger Wakefield in the hit series, was spotted in Falkland, Fife, where the village was given a retro makeover

New Outlander episodes have been rumoured to be set to air later this year.

And telly chiefs have also admitted they’re in talks over the future of the hit drama.

Outlander star Sam Heughan spotted on a night out in Glasgow

Sam Heughan is busy filming for Season 4 of Outlander, but he still managed to sneak away for a little alone time with girlfriend Mackenzie Mauzy. On the heels of Caitriona Balfe’s exciting engagement news, the Outlander star was spotted enjoying a night on the town in Glasgow, Scotland.

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According to International Business Times, Heughan and Mackenzie were spotted at a concert in Glasgow over the weekend. The two have been dating since 2015 and were seen at the Grit Orchestra Bothy Culture and Beyond concert.

Heughan and Mackenzie typically keep their romance under wraps and seeing them in public is a rare thing. But it does confirm that Heughan is still dating Mackenzie, despite fans wishing that he and Balfe somehow get together in real life.

Balfe Shows Off Stunning Ring
Balfe’s surprise engagement was confirmed during her recent appearance at the Golden Globes. The Outlander star dazzled fans on the red carpet and showed off her massive engagement ring under the bright lights. Balfe later confirmed the engagement and admitted that she couldn’t be happier. The actress has been in a relationship with Tony McGill for the past two years.

Like Heughan, Balfe likes to keep her romance private and has only been photographed with McGill on a handful of occasions. They were previously spotted together at the Oscar Wilde Awards last year and at the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony for Jodie Foster in 2016.

Heughan And Balfe Party During Golden Globes
Heughan and Balfe aren’t romantically involved in real life, but they still know how to party together. Ahead of the Golden Globes earlier this month, the Outlander stars met at a pre-party in Los Angeles at the prestigious Chateau Marmont.

Heughan donned a blue suit for the event while Balfe stunned the crowd in a Dior velvet dress and matching earrings. Balfe was up for an award for best actress in a TV series and couldn’t be happier about the nomination. She also took a moment to talk about the Time’s Up movement, showing her support for other actresses in Hollywood.

“I think it’s a really great moment of solidarity for women, so it’ll be nice for all of us to join together and to make a really positive statement and a positive moment for change,” Balfe shared. “And I still think it’s a celebratory moment, but it’s, you know, we’re changing things, so I think that’s great.”

When Can We Expect The Wedding?
Balfe has not revealed any more details about her engagement and we still don’t have an official wedding date. Heughan rarely talks about his romantic life, so it’s difficult to tell if he and Mackenzie are also ready to take things to the next level.

Both Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe are currently busy filming the new season of Outlander, so it’s safe to safe that a wedding won’t be happening anytime soon.

One day Outlander tour

Tours start at 9.30 am . Our private group tours take up to 4 people to four Outlander filming locations. We also offer bespoke private tours with the option of choosing your own itinerary .

Tours start from locations in Edinburgh or Glasgow .
Normal pickup point is Edinburgh/ Glasgow city centre , your hotel or the airport .

Other pickup points can be arranged , subject to an additional fee .

Itinerary

1. Culross (Cranesmuir)

2. Blackness Castle (Fort William)
3. Midhope Castle  ( Lallybroch ) if available
4. Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison)

On this tour we visit various locations used for filming the hit series Outlander. Based on the best selling novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is filmed in a number of locations in castles and towns in  central Scotland.

The first location on this Outlander tour is Culross (Cranesmuir)

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Blackness Castle goes back to 1440 . The castle provides the setting for Fort William, as the original fort no longer exists.

The castle is long and narrow because of the shape of the rock on which it is situated and it is sometimes called ‘ the ship that never sailed ‘ . It guards the bay at Blackness and is only a few miles from Linlithgow Palace . The first castle was built in the middle of the 15th century by Sir George Crichton , Earl of Caithness , a member of one of the most powerful families in Scotland . King James II acquired Blackness in 1453 when he annexed the lands of the Crichtons . From then on the castle was mainly used as a prison . In 1543 Cardinal Beaton was held here for a month . Rebuilding started in the 1530s under the direction of Sir James Hamilton of Finnart who also worked at Linlithgow Palace and Stirling Castle . He was instructed to make the castle safe from artillery , and he achieved this by making the south and east walls very thick . A new tower was built at the south end . In the 1560s , in the reign of Mary Queen of Scots , a Spur was built to protect the main gate . In the 1870s the castle was the main ammunition depot for Scotland .The Castle is a popular location for historical re-enactments and has changed little in 600 years . Doune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland.

Hamlet has scenes filmed at Blackness Castle and Dunnottar Castle.
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Starring: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Paul Scofield, Alan Bates, Ian Holm, Helena Bonham Carter, John McEnery

 

Midhope Castle – Outlander’s Lallybroch

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Midhope Castle

Located on the Hopetoun Estate is Midhope Castle which is the external location for fictional Lallybroch, the family home of character Jamie Fraser. Midhope Castle dates back to the 15th Century and although the exterior is relatively intact the castle is derelict inside.

Most of the filming takes place in Scotland,  according to the show’s executive producer Ron Moore .
Scotland’s stunning landscape, with its rolling hills, rugged mountains, picturesque towns and villages, castles and sprawling beaches has provided the perfect backdrop for the world of cinema.
The show is based on American author Diana Gabaldon’s series of historical novels, which sees nurse Claire Beauchamp Randell mysteriously swept back from 1945 to 1743 Highland Scotland where rebellion and romance are afoot.  Executive Producer Ron Moore has commented on Scotland : “The landscape itself is a character in the show. There’s a particular quality to the light in Scotland, even to the grass and the trees.”

Scotland tours from Edinburgh can be booked online .
Outlander season three is on air now . Filming for season four is taking place now in various locations in Scotland .

The tour spends about an hour at each location .

  • Travel by luxury car
  • Small private group tour with a maximum of 4 people

Tour costs – £250 for 2 people .

Lunch , refreshments and entrance tickets are not included in the price.

Outlander set locations tour from Edinburgh £250.
For bookings phone 07305-294773 or contact us online .

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Falkland is transformed into Inverness for Outlander

Streets will be shut off and businesses closed as Falkland welcomes back the cast and crew of Outlander.

Season four of the show will feature the village as a stand-in for Inverness in decades gone by, with filming due to begin on Thursday and last until Friday.

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Fayre Earth shop has been restyled as Farrells & Son
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Campbell’s Coffee House and Eatery is in the process of being made into what appears to be a grocery store

Workers have been transforming the historic village into an Outlander set with the Covenanter Hotel repainted, a vintage red post box moved in and old-fashioned bicycles piled up outside buildings.

Popular gift shop Fayre Earth has been repainted and made to look like a furniture and hardware store called Farrells and Sons, with vintage tools and other trinkets placed in a window display.

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Some of the old stock in the window of Farrells & Son

Elsewhere Campbell’s Coffee House and Eatery is in the process of being made into what appears to be a quaint grocery store, with stalls placed outside it and mounds of fruit and vegetables stocked nearby.

According to the Fife Council website Falkland High Street, East Port, Cross Wynd and Mill Wynd will be closed to allow for filming of a “period drama” from Wednesday until Friday.

 

 

Contractual obligations with the TV show’s producers meant local businesses were unable to shed any more light on the events of the coming days.

However one local man said, though there would be a few days of “disruption”, that village businesses would “no doubt benefit from” the two days of filming.

He added: “It is good for the local economy.”

Falkland has been used as a location for the show in previous seasons, leading to an increase in tourism to the area.

Many local businesses have announced they will close on Thursday and Friday as filming gets under way.

 

The cast of Outlander return to Falkland this week to shoot season four

The cast and crew of Outlander will return to a Fife village this week to shoot scenes for season four of the hugely successful time travelling fantasy. Falkland High Street will be closed to traffic as filming gets underway with East Port, Cross Wynd and Mill Wynd also to be used by producers. The village has already replicated Inverness during the 1940s and the mid 18th Century in earlier episodes.

Filming for the fourth season of the Outlander TV series has started in Falkland ,Scotland
Filming for the fourth season of the Outlander TV series has started in Scotland . One of Outlander’s first scenes was filmed in the picturesque town of Falkland, which stands in for Inverness in the 1940s . The show is based on American author Diana Gabaldon’s series of historical novels, which sees nurse Claire Beauchamp Randell mysteriously swept back from 1945 to 1743 Highland Scotland
 .  Falkland features some familiar sights from the TV series , including  Mrs Baird’s Guesthouses (actually the Covenanter Hotel), the Bruce Fountain where Claire comes across the ghost of Jamie, and the building that doubles as Farrell’s Hardware and Furniture Store.
Most of the filming will take place in Scotland,  according to the show’s executive producer Ron Moore . 
Scotland’s stunning landscape, with its rolling hills, rugged mountains, picturesque towns and villages, castles and sprawling beaches has provided the perfect backdrop for the world of cinema.
The show is based on American author Diana Gabaldon’s series of historical novels, which sees nurse Claire Beauchamp Randell mysteriously swept back from 1945 to 1743 Highland Scotland where rebellion and romance are afoot.  Executive Producer Ron Moore has commented on Scotland : “The landscape itself is a character in the show. There’s a particular quality to the light in Scotland, even to the grass and the trees.” 
Outlander season 2 is expected to premiere sometime in the first half of 2016

The village’s Convenanter Hotel, which doubled as Mrs Baird’s bed and breakfast in season one, will remain closed this week as shooting gets underway. Meanwhile, claims that the set for Fraser’s Ridge, where the show’s lead characters settle after arriving in North Carolina, has been built in woods near Cumbernauld have been denied.

The appearance of the couple’s rustic cabin is eagerly anticipated by Outlander fans.

A simple, wooden building has appeared in Cumbernauld Glen close to the Outlander studios. But John Gary Steel, the production manager in charge of set design, confirmed on Twitter that it is not the cabin being used in the show. The Outlander production team earlier sought permission to build a temporary set in woods outside Cambusbarron, near Stirling. However, this plan is no longer going ahead.

Read more at: https://www.scotsman.com/news/outlander-cast-and-crew-return-to-fife-village-1-4669949

Outlander tour map

The Outlander tour map gives details of most , but not all , the film locations in Scotland .

Outlander tour Map

The map does not include some of the most recent and slightly obscure film locations , including Polmont .
The location map was produced by Visitscotland and can be downloaded on their website .

Outlander season three soundtrack available next month

Sing us a song of a lass that is gooooone, say are you ready for the soundtrack to Outlander season three?

While there’s still quite a bit of time to wait before the debut of Outlander season four, you’ll soon be able to make the wait seem a little shorter with a brand new soundtrack, perfect for playing 24/7 to make yourself feel like you’ve got your own time travel romance waiting for you right around every corner.

The album comes out on February 9, but you can preorder it on iTunes starting today, and you can also listen to an exclusive track from the album right now. Click play on the video above to listen to composer Bear McCreary‘s gorgeous Caribbean update to the Skye Boat Song!

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There’s no word yet on when exactly we’ll be able to hear what McCreary has in store for us in the fourth season, and the show also hasn’t yet been renewed for any future seasons. However, it sounds like there’s absolutely nothing to worry about. In fact, Starz CEO Chris Albrechtliterally told reporters not to worry during the network’s press tour last week.

“There are ten books and the show’s going amazingly,” Albrecht said. “I think our biggest problem will be making sure that we don’t kill Caitriona and Sam along the way, they are working so hard—especially Caitriona, she’s amazing. The two of them are fantastic and so deserving of the accolades that they’ve gotten. We have joined legion of fans for Outlander around the world and our partners at Sony and we are having very productive discussions around the future of the show.”

In other words, no permanent Droughtlander in sight.

The soundtrack, released by Madison Gate Records and Sony Music and produced in collaboration with Sparks & Shadows, features original music from Season 3 of the critically acclaimed Outlander television series by Emmy award-winning composer Bear McCreary.

Outlander will return to Starz later this year.