How I see the characters, Part I (Jamie, Dougal, Jack & Frank Randall)

How many times have you heard this: “Gerard Butler would be the perfect Jamie!” Or: “Gerard Butler could never play Jamie because he’s too old.” Or my favorite: “No one could ever portray the characters as well as I imagine them.”

Well, that all may be true, but I think it’s fun to find out how other fans envision the characters while they’re reading about them.  Here’s a glimpse inside my head, how I picture our beloved characters inside the Outlander Universe…  KEEP IN MIND I’m only talking about physical appearance, NOT current age-appropriateness, acting ability or personality…

When I think of Jamie I think TALL, a head taller than other men, powerful physique, blue eyes slanted like a cat & high cheekbones. Add some red hair, a little length & “Chris Hemsworth” fits that bill for me! (photo/

Slap a kilt on him & call me Sassenach! (photo/

When I think of Dougal Mackenzie, I think commanding presence.  Doesn’t “Gerard Butler” look like Dougal Mackenzie, War Chieftain in this pic? (photo/

Now, in my opinion this is the face of the evil, sadistic Captain Jack Randall.  “Jason Isaacs” plays such a good a-hole… (photo/


  1. January 14, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Yep Jason Issacs = Jack Randal for sure in my book too! I see Jamie as kinda a red haired Heath Ledger

    • outlanderfan said,

      January 14, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      Heath Ledger- verra interesting! That’s ok if you don’t agree, it’s all about who YOU see when YOU think of the characters = )

  2. Angela said,

    January 15, 2012 at 7:56 am

    love it!!! Agreed on all characters!!

  3. Jennifer said,

    January 15, 2012 at 8:04 am

    I do believe you have something here. Great choices!

  4. Theresa said,

    January 15, 2012 at 10:44 am

    No argument from me! Although I will admit the just the idea of a movie scares me…we’re a tough crowd to please! 😉 theresa

  5. Needs Mead said,

    January 15, 2012 at 11:30 am

    The closest I’ve seen to a near perfect Jamie is Myles Pollard. Too-long nose, MacKenzie bone structure, and Fraser cat eyes: The rest are spot on!

    • outlanderfan said,

      January 15, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      Myles Pollard definitely has a ‘ring of Jamie’ to him; I wouldna be dissappointed if he was cast!

  6. January 15, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Verra nice choices. I keep thinking of Tommy Flanagan as Murtagh. I’m not sure why , but it works for me.

    • outlanderfan said,

      January 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Tommy Flanagan does have that authentic weathered look, I can see it…

  7. Annette said,

    January 15, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I agree with all the characters!

  8. Kimberly Weninger said,

    January 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    What about Josh Holloway for Jamie? He has that look of the Scots to me.

  9. Kimberly Weninger said,

    January 15, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    AND Kristin Kreuk for Claire; she has the eyes……

  10. January 17, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Ohhhh I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! I liked Jason Isaacs as Cpt Jack Randall. When I read Jamie all I could envision was Alexander Skarsgard, as for Dougal Mackenzie for some reason I envision Mark Strong. I am at a loss for who could play Claire though….any ideas?

    BTW thanks for joining up for the Outlander Reading Challenge. I’m looking forward to having you be a part of our group!! Welcome and happy reading!!

    • outlanderfan said,

      January 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Alexander Skarsgard definitely has the height/body to pull it off. My alternate for Dougal was a scruffy Clive Owen… Claire is proving difficult to pin down; I’m working on it. And I’m almost done w/Dragonfly in Amber(again)!

  11. January 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Need a model for JAMMF’s tushy (among other things)? Chris E. can help out: (WARNING: FLEO – For Lassies Eyes Only!)

  12. Jeanette said,

    February 14, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    I think you have absolutely got it right. I love Helmsly and Jason issacs as Randall is superb. Butler looks just as I imagine Dougal. Great minds think alike (hehe). Way to go!

    • outlanderfan said,

      February 15, 2012 at 6:41 am

      Thanks Jeanette- I’m working on the other characters too, but with the virtual casting call going on right now on DG’s fb page I figured I’d wait a while…

  13. Meadow said,

    September 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    My newest obsession… Charlie Hunnam from Sons of Anarchy! He is my ideal Jamie Fraser. He has the looks, the tough/sensitive combo, and he is British…think he may be able to pull of the accent. He is a touch too short, only six one, but it could work! xoxo

  14. Eleivana said,

    October 20, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Totally , Totally agree with your choices! I gave a rather-err-long rationale for Chris Hemsworth as Jamie over at Blue Moon Magnolia so I won’t repeat here. But I too see Jason Isaacs as BJR and Gerard Butler as Dougal would definitely work. I am still up in the air over the actress to play Claire but usually imagined Rachael Weicz when reading the series. Jamie, I think is the most important person to cast correctly.

  15. Lena Castrogiovann said,

    December 17, 2012 at 10:14 am

    gerard butler is one of the most versatile actores these days.,

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  16. Jenny said,

    October 21, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    CR Billing is 23,born in May,part of the Fraser clan and looks like the art work.

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