Sophie Skelton had to wait a year between her audition for popular time travel series Outlander and her call back. “I just figured I hadn’t got the role.”
Following the template of the popular books by Diana Gabaldon, the character of Brianna was originally going to arrive on screen at the end of S1, but a last minute rewrite postponed the arrival of the American-accented rebel for a season. Brianna is a university student in the 1960s and discovers that her mother has been lying to her about who her father is, and it’s not the man she thought it was. He is a highlander called Jamie, who her mother wants to travel back in time to see. Brianna has to overcome her state of shock and skepticism that time travel is possible.
That delay turned out to be good news for both the Cheshire born actress, as in the intervening period she had her breakthrough role in action adventure web series Ren and took the lead in Day of the Dead: Bloodline, a remake of the George Romero classic and then made a bank heist movie, #211, with Nicolas Cage.
Consequently, the blossoming of her character in the upcoming series of Outlander coincides with Skelton being raved about as one of the most exciting upcoming British actresses of the moment.
Outlander returns September 10, 2017 on Starz.