Outlander: STARZ announce season six production
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Starz drama series Outlander is now in production with work taking place on season seven. The new series will consist of 16 episodes and see the return of the central couple Jamie (played by Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) as well as minor characters including Marsali Fraser (Lauren Lyle).
How old is Outlander star Lauren Lyle?
Lyle has been part of Outlander since 2017 when her character was introduced in season three.
Marsali is one of Laoghaire MacKenzie’s (Nell Hudson) daughters and she has seen Jamie as her father since he married her mother.
Despite Hudson and Lyle playing mother and daughter, the Marsali star is only three years younger than her co-star.
She has previously spoken about the small age gap between herself and Hudson, saying: “We’re almost the same age, and she’s my mom!
“The two of us were like, ‘We look the same! That’s so weird! How is this going to work?’”
Lyle went on to say: “But she’s great. She’s amazing. Everyone talks about her being evil, or the bad*** of the whole thing, which is true, and Marsali certainly takes from that.”
She added: “We don’t meet Marsali when she’s growing up, but she’s so young, she takes after a bunch of people when we start going on this journey.”
Despite being so close in age, Marsali is supposed to be younger and closer to her late teens and early 20s while her mother is now in her 40s.
Outlander marks Lyle’s biggest role to date with the actress previously starring in TV series Broken, Tell It To the Bees, Holby City and The New Hope.
She was born on July, 12, 1993 in Scotland, which makes her 29-years-old.
Lyle didn’t attend drama school and instead she learnt her craft after being accepted onto a highly competitive programme at the National Youth Theatre.
The programme sees young people aged under 25 working towards appearing in a series of stage productions in London’s West End.
Among Lyle’s productions were Wuthering Heights and The Merchant of Venice.
Lyle saw her role in Outlander expanded in season one after she became Claire’s apprentice at the Fraser’s Ridge medical surgery.
She is likely to continue to have a big part to play in Outlander going forward with a dysentery outbreak coming to the ranch in North Carolina.
The Scottish actress has previously said she knew very little about Outlander before she auditioned for the show.
She hadn’t watched the show and only heard about Outlander through other actors, admitting there was a “buzz” about the drama.
On landing the part of Marsali, she told Elle in 2017: “When the casting notice came through and my agent described the part to me, it was like, ‘She’s this young girl, she’s feisty, she doesn’t give a damn about propriety,’ and I was like, ‘Alright, so she’s basically me.’
“Then [the casting process] went over the course of a month. I went out from London, where I live, and met all the team, and the next morning, got the call with the offer! Which was really cool.”
From the looks of it, Marsali is going to be a firm fixture on Outlander going forward and with her frosty relationship with Claire now well and truly thawed, she could have some interesting plotlines ahead.
Outlander season 7 is in production now on Starz
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