Outlander Casts Claire's Confidant Joe, Jamie's Nephew Young Ian

Finally, someone Outlander‘s Claire can talk to!

The Starz series has cast Wil Johnson (BBC One’s Waking the Dead) as Joe Abernathy, a good friend (and fellow doctor) of Claire’s in Boston, the network announced Tuesday.

Per the official character description: “Joe Abernathy is a fellow doctor-in-training whom Claire befriends in medical school. Intelligent, charismatic, with a wry and irreverent sense of humor, Joe is a loyal confidant with great affection for Claire. He puts on a good face, but he is all too aware of his place in the Civil Rights era. Joe and Claire both feel out of place in the mostly all-white, all-male medical field, which bonds them together in a life-long friendship.”

Outlander John Bell Cast Season 3The production also has cast John Bell (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) as Young Ian, Jenny and Ian’s son, who is “a tall, gangly Scottish lad with a heart of gold” but also a rare ability to always get into trouble. As the official description notes, “he’s more like his adventurous, fierce uncle Jamie Fraser than his farmer father Ian — but when we meet him, he is still a very gawky boy.”

Joe shows up in the show’s 20th-century timeline; Young Ian, of course, will appear in the 18th-century goings-on. Both characters are central to Voyager, the third book of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, on which Season 3 will be based.

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