Sweet raindrops amidst a drought, we’ve got a new Outlander
cast member! Entertainment Weekly announced this morning
that STARZ had given them exclusive notice of the first major role cast for Outlander Season 3 – the adult Lord John Grey. Australian Actor David Berry landed the coveted role of the British soldier who has a profound impact on Jamie Fraser’s post-Culloden life.
You might recall we met a teenage “William Grey” in Season 2, Episode 9 “Je Suis Prest” when he snuck into the Jacobite camp and surprised Jamie. While anxious book enthusiasts squealed with delight at our first onscreen meeting of this pivotal character, that scene provided a bit of foreshadowing for non-book readers, since a grown-up, adult Grey will re-appear in Jamie Fraser’s life in a most unexpected way in Season 3. If you’re anything like us, you saw the notice this morning and emitted giddy noises whilst simultaneously observing his boyish good lucks and charm, then said, “wait, who’s David Berry?”
Born in Canada but raised in Australia from the age of seven, David Berry started off his performing career as a singer and violinist, attending school on a music scholarship. According to IMDB
, after high school he attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), where he graduated in 2010. He got his start on TV with bit roles in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
and Home and Away.
Berry is best known, however, for his breakthrough role as James Bligh in the Australian PBS Television show, A Place to Call Home – a role that scored him a 2016 TV Guide Logie Awards (Australia’s TV awards) nomination for Most Outstanding Supporting Actor.
As James Bligh, Berry portrays –
as one Australian news article
so aptly put it –
what many gay men endured in 1950s Australia. James Bligh seems to have it all: He’s good looking, well educated, wealthy, and newly married to London socialite Olivia (played by actress Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood). But his smiling demeanor hides a painful secret: He’s gay. His gut-wrenching journey—as he battles depression, tries to hide his sexuality, and later experiments with gay conversion therapy—is a powerful portrait of homosexual life in a closeted, class-conscious society, and one offered up with rare success. Thank you to Entertainment Weekly
not just for that blurb, but for locking up my next binge watch. *races to figure out how to stream Australian TV*
So, in summary –
he’s a wealthy and influential heir who’s a born leader (Berry’s own summary of his character) who lives in an age where open homosexuality is a struggle. Wow. If he’s not the best suited actor with the experience to handle the meaty context of Lord John Grey’s character, then we challenge you to tell us who is. Wait, no we don’t… because as Diana Gabaldon said best, “… the casting people haven’t put a foot wrong yet.” #InRonAndTeamWeTrust
And speaking of Mama Bear Gabaldon, after EW messed up Lord John Grey’s name in the announcement, she issued this timely PSA to fans about how we shall therefore henceforth thereto refer to said character:
the man’s proper title/name is Lord John Grey, or Lord John. He is not “Sir John”, he is not “Lord Grey,” I’m not just making up names, you know; there are actual _rules_ to the forms of address used for the British aristocracy, and the second son of a duke goes by “Lord (honorific title only) First Name,” or “Lord First Name Last name.” It’s not that hard, believe me…)
And there you have it.
Anxious to see him on screen? We are too! In the meantime, we can check out his acting chops thanks to this A Place to Call Home fanvid.
As any good Outlander fan does, we imagine you’ll want to go ahead and start social stalking him, which you can do on Facebook
. Our guess is that it’s only a matter of days
seconds until we see his debut on Outlander’s favorite social media engine, Twitter.
One final (but important) note to adoring fans – David Berry, while dreamy, is married. Solidly married since 2012 to his wife, Kristina, and they make quite the glamorous pair on a red carpet if I do say so myself.
How will David Berry mix in with our beloved Outlander cast? Only time will tell… and wouldn’t we love to have a better handle on that timing (hint hint, STARZ)!
Welcome aboard, David!
What do you think of this casting choice?
Which character casting choice do you think they’ll announce next?
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Lord John Grey has arrived!
I agree! I'm not entirely picky, partially because I used to be in casting and know how tedious the process is. If they've arrived at a choice, I know it hasn't been for lack of a long road to get there.
All hail – LJG is here! Though I'm not sure referring to him as a monogram is allowed. Kidding.
Perfect choice and can I say that I would MUCH rather see David kiss Sam then Tobias kissing Sam 🙂 Or, is that weird?
Well the casting director has hit another home run with David Berry. He will definitely pass for 26 yrs. old in Voyager and can age gracefully right along with Sam and Cait as we move forward. I love that he has successfully played a closeted gay man and is not afraid to make love to another man on camera. Of course, he doesn't get to first base with Jamie. One touch of his hand elicits a death threat. Now we wait for Young Ian to be cast.
Yes yes yes to every word of your comment. So spot on.
Because I know you, Anne – no, not weird. 🙂
What do I think? LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE … I can't wait to see this beloved character come to life on screen. Hope he reads the source material.. I am sure he will. Hadn't seen the quote from Diana.. lets you know how protective she is of LJG .. makes me feel like she will keep the show from changing him too much.. Ashley, loved your opening line of this post .. beautifully written. Also, I was surprised that he was nominated for supporting actor.. I thought his role was the starring male role of that show (I admit though that I never heard of it before today lol) Can't wait for S3.
Perfect choice. Exactly how I imagined him in my head. Outlander casting has been spot on all the time.
Love it! Ron Moore and company sure know how to pick them. Couldn't of cast anyone better to play Diana's beloved Lord John Grey. Great choice as usual.
Bravo! The casting team has done it again. Cannot wait to see who they cast for young Ian and older Fergus!
Me neither! They're the two I am most anxious to see!
He. Is. Perfect.
I happen to love LJG's character,his dry wit&honor & am very excited that our David Berry scored that role,he was brilliant in the "Place called Home"!He'll fit in well as us aussies have a good sense of humor & like to call a spade a spade (this is aussie slang by the way meaning just say what you mean)as I'm from OZ also I'm delighted.Just a little adjustment Ashley, David was born in Canada of Australian parents,I loved your post very complimentary Thank You in the name of all aussie fans!NIDA in Sydney is most prestigious drama school in OZ.The Scottish prisoner is one of my favorite read it a couple of times!
Great choice, I think he fits the part of LJG, I just finished all the novels and novellas about him and enjoyed them all especially Scottish prisoner which was my favorite.
You are so right about DG being protective over this beloved character of hers. I wonder how she felt about not vetting the casting choice here. Hopefully she will love him as much as we do!
I agree! These folks know their stuff, as we knew. 🙂
I. Totally. Agree.
I thought of you and your fellow Aussie Outlander fans when they announced this – how cool! He's going to be a great addition to the cast and I can't wait to see him in action.
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David Berry as Lord John is the worst case of miscasting I’ve ever seen. Do those people even bother to read the books? Certainly they didn’t read any of the Lord John books or stories. Inexcusable.