Sophie Skelton On the Passion of the ‘Outlander’ Fandom

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Film Editor2 November 2018

Portraying the daughter of one of the most famous fictional couples on TV, Sophie Skelton has made the role of Brianna Ellen Randall Fraser MacKenzie her own. What does Season 4 of Outlander have in store for Bree as she embarks on the seemingly impossible task of reuniting with her parents?

Outlander Season 4 continues Brianna’s (Sophie Skelton) story as she discovers more about her parentage.

“I honestly I think I’ve watched too many episodes of Friends!” Skelton reveals when asked about how she perfected her American accent for the show. “I watched [Outlander] Season 1 on repeat to get the elements of Jamie and Claire [Fraser] in there. She [Brianna] is stubborn and action-orientated, all of which is in the script.”

Skelton’s first full series on the show saw Brianna bond with Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies), the man she believed to be her biological father. Over the course of the series, Brianna learns the truth: her real father was actually an 18th-century Highlander.

“Bree is very outwardly strong, but now she has been essentially orphaned by three parents. She is really going through that turmoil now. When she finds out why her mother has been so distant from her, they form a great bond and then it is torn away.

“You get told how great the fandom is in terms of size and passion, but when you experience it, it’s like nothing else.”

Theorising on the future for her character, Skelton wants to see Brianna become a great historical figure.

Find out what happens next when Outlander Season 4 begins on Amazon Prime on 5 November 2018.

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