Outlander star hopeful for return as Jamie Frasers friend

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In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Outlander actor Scott Kyle – who portrays Jamie Fraser’s (played by Sam Heughan) clansman Ross – addressed whether he could be making a comeback of sorts.

Ross was part of Jamie’s men as they took on the English at the Battle of Prestonpans in season two after the Highlander return to Scotland from his failed attempts to alter history in Paris.

Ross fought bravely by Jamie’s side but wasn’t seen in the show after this, leading some to wonder if he could be back.

Although Outlander has moved the story to North Carolina, the novels do see a return to Scotland later which suggests there could be scope for some characters to return.

Additionally, Outlander jumps through time with some characters venturing back and forth between different eras and sees characters returning to the time before their death.

Kyle said: “The amazing thing with shows like Outlander, it’s one of the biggest shows in the world and it’s been a dream already and if you’re not dead in these shows, there’s a good chance you can come back.

“My character Ross is alive just now and I’m ever hopeful I will make it over there to America because a lot of the men went to America, so there’s always a chance. As long as you’re not dead, never say never.”

In fact, season six was something of a callback to Scotland and the earlier seasons of Outlander with flashbacks to Jamie during his stint at Ardsmuir and serving time with Tom Christie (Mark Lewis Jones).

There are always newcomers to Fraser’s Ridge and Ross could one day one of those families making a return.

Given Scotland still serves as the show’s base and the nation doubles up as North Carolina, Kyle – who is also based in the country – could feasibly star in Outlander once more.

Kyle said Gabaldon had previously tweeted about Ross, he said: “It’s still nice to see you have the support of the people you’ve working with previously. So I’m still sure I’m in their thoughts, you never know.”

He added: “Hopefully, something happens. You can’t help but think, ‘I could be in there. I could fit in there. I could do that job. They need swords, I’m a blacksmith, I can make their swords!’.”

The actor said when he started working on Outlander, the drama was still establishing itself and they cast and didn’t know “how it was going to land yet”.

Following on from his success in Outlander, Kyle has gone on to appear in BBC drama Trust Me as well a short Tubgate: Cunningham’s Scrap.

Kyle is now busy with lots of other projects now and is taking centre-stage at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Irvine Welsh’s Porno, taking on Mark Renton, who was played by Ewan McGregor in the 1996 Danny Boyle movie.

The star said he wasn’t doing an impression of McGregor but said the show would be tipping its hat to the film.

He said: “It’s an iconic role and it’s been brilliant to bring it to the stage. I only wish, like anything, that I had more time on stage because it’s such a short run. The production is only 60 minutes, so if anything, you want to be on the stage more.”

Kyle explained it was a humbling expereince to have 500 people turning up for one of the preview nights, which is traditionally where productions find their feet before the official run kicks off. “Now we’re thick of it into the Edinburgh Festival,” he said.

The star went on to say it was “very emotional” returning to the stage after the pandemic, which saw theatre dealt a huge blow with venues shutting up shop and making huge losses due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “For every artist, the world shut down. We all had our panic moments, ‘What’s happening in the world?’ The whole industry that we live and breath for and have a passion and what we get up every day to do shut down completely.

“And you were thinking and you turned on the news media and saw this terrifying mysterious thing that nobody knows about, you were thinking, ‘Will anybody come to back their seats? So even if we are allowed to come back, will the audiences come back?’ That was the big worry.”

However, judging from the packed out venue at the Fringe for Porno, Kyle said: “You didn’t more seal of a approval than 500 people at Greenock at a sold-out show to let you know that yeah we still love the arts. We still love the theatre and we want to come and see you storytelling us a spiritual and magical thing where people gather together. “

When Kyle isn’t working, he is also a mentor to youngsters. Additionally, he’s working on his memoir titled It’s Not Where You Start.

He’s written 15 chapters so far and has spent lots of time researching his childhood and interviewing friends and relatives.

It’s Not Where You Start looks at his tough working-class upbringing and family life as he carved out an acting career.

Irvine Welsh’s Porno will be running at the Pleasance Courtyard until August 28

Outlander season 7 is in production now and seasons 1 to 6 are streaming on STARZPLAY now

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