Season 4 Outlander Castings!!

According to Entertainment Weekly, we have two new Outlander castings to look forward to! The Starz series recently announced their casting of the show’s fourth season; which debuts in November.

 Among the new additions are Natalie Simpson as Phaedre and Simona Brown as Gayle.

Phaedra is Jocasta Innes's enslaved maid and seamstress at River Run. I won’t talk much about her backstory as I’m not sure what will be considered a spoiler. However beyond noting that the character is soft-spoken and kind, I will also list her physical description from the novels (Phaedra first appears in Drums of Autumn and subsequently appears in The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, and An Echo in the Bone).

Phaedra is described as having thick, long, dark hair which is often covered with a headscarf, dark brown eyes, and cinnamon-brown skin. Based on Simpson’s looks I’d say they casted the role perfectly.

We know and love Simona Brown from Roots (2016), where she played Jinna; Kunta Kinte’s first love interest.

In Outlander, Brown will be playing a character named Gayle Bosworthy. Gayle is described as Brianna’s talkative best friend and college roommate. This means that instead of the 18th century clothing Natalie Simpson will be wearing, we will get to see Brown in some cute early 1970's get-ups. In the television series Brianna attends Harvard University.  I wonder how much Brianna and Gayle's friendship will mirror the friendship Brianna's mother had with Joe Abernathy. 

Wil Johnson as Dr Joe Abernathy and Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall Fraser 

Both of these actresses are stunning and I can't wait to see how their roles play out in the series. Here's to hoping for more than one line. 


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