Outlander: Meet Jamie's Parisian Ex

Outlander Cast Annalise de Marillac

Is Claire about to get some competition for Jamie’s affections?

Outlander has tapped French actress Margaux Chatelier to play the Highlander’s beautiful and charming former love Annalise de Marillac in Season 2, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Outlander Season 2 Cats Marc DuretAdditionally, the Starz series has enlisted another French actor, Marc Duret, to fill an important role in the Frasers’ new Parisian setting. (To maintain authenticity, the show has employed a French tutor to assist with language and pronunciation, as it did with Gaelic last season).

Duret — a vet of the Luc Besson films The Big Blue and La Femme Nikita, as well as the Tom Fontana-created drama Borgia —will portray Monsieur Joseph Duverney, the well-dressed, middle-aged Minister of Finance to Louis XV. Duverney and Jamie become competitors at chess.

Other recent Season 2 castings include Borgia‘s Stanley Weber (as Le Comte St. Germain), Hatfields & McCoys‘ Robert Cavanah (as Jamie’s Jacobite cousin, Jared Fraser), Alien: Resurrection‘s Dominique Piñon (as healer Master Raymond) and Homefront‘s Rosie Day (as Mary Hawkins, the daughter of a baronet).

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  1. Carole says:

    How can Jamie have a ex lover when he was a virgin?

    • Alida says:

      Former “love” not “lover”. He was young when he was in France the first time and fell in love with her but nothing intimate happened that I recall.

  2. Eileen says:

    I agree, I don’t recall an ex-lover.

    • Char says:

      You don’t recall Jamie telling Claire about how he came home from Paris with a broken heart and told his father he was considering becoming a monk? “I’ve had a long day, Jamie.” ROFL. One of my favorite scenes.

      • Char says:

        And of course, Jamie’s heart was broken when he won the duel and Annalise threw herself on his rival instead of Jamie haha. Another lesson learned.

      • Roberta Maxfield says:

        I read the books twice and do not recall Jamie having an ex-wife in France. What chapter was that?

        • Char says:

          LOL. Jamie probably did little more than kiss her hand. He (and as he says in the book, half the young swains in Paris) had a crush on Annalise. He fought a duel for her, and won (drew blood), and she threw herself on his rival (Jamie tells the story to Claire, noting wryly that he knew little about women at the time). She married the other guy and Jamie returned home with the massive broken heart that only an 18-year-old can suffer.

  3. Sue Shelly says:

    She was the one over whom he dueled. The tale was told in Gabaldon’s story “Virgins” and it’s when Jamie learns that you don’t duel with long hair. Gives your opponent something to grab.

  4. cherokee1020 says:

    Annalise de Marillac was a young woman with whom Jamie fancied himself in love, and fought a duel over her, I believe. During their conversation when Claire admits to being jealous, Jamie tells her her face is his heart. She is merely a memory, not a threat.

  5. Sassenach says:

    It’s the headline of the article that is missleading. She’s not “Jamie’s ex”. Jamie was in love with her, but she never reciprocated such love.

  6. Liz says:

    Yes, she was not an “ex”, she wasn’t his girlfriend or anything, but he liked her…

  7. Mandy says:

    She was not a ‘lover’ but a former ‘love’ – two totally different things as theu obviously never slept together! He had a huge crush on her when he was student in Paris.

  8. Jennifer says:

    All I know is that they better not decide to make it more than it is in the book! Those of us that loved the books first do not want to see any drama surrounding this….

  9. Vicki says:

    ehen does second season begin ?

  10. Yvonne says:

    Annalise was a French girl Jamie had a crush on in France when he was at University there. He fought a duel over her but she chose the other guy.
    It was unrequited first love. I hope Ron does not change that. It would be difficult to explain as Jamie was a virgin when he married Claire.

  11. wylma says:

    Season 2: Sex with the ex.. lol