Duke of Pardloe, Earl of Melton, Harold Grey ~ Sam Hoare, on Playing Lord John Grey’s Big Brother, Hal

Those of us who watched the Facebook Live Chat with Maril and Toni  heard the first (that I’m aware of) words of encouragement from the production team about the possibility of a Lord John Grey spinoff series. When asked about it, Maril said, and I quote:

“I don’t know, maybe… you know, it’s certainly something we’ve discussed. So, I don’t know, maybe, just watch this space, we’ll see.”  (at around 17:10).

Is that really anything to get excited about? I think, yes.

It’s certainly a change from what Matt said in a 2016 interview…


The Hollywood Reporter : “Oddly enough, we always joke about spinoffs, whether it’s Lord John or Black Jack [Tobias Menzies] or this person or that person, because there is just so much material. Diana [Gabaldon] gives us so much in the books that you can probably make 10 series and the fans would watch it all. We haven’t really discussed it seriously if we could do that, but that would be something for Starz to order before we could start talking about it seriously….”


If we get a Lord John Grey series, that means we can look forward to getting more of big brother Hal, Lord Melton, as well, not to mention Minnie and the children. And that very interesting back story…. 

I had a conversation with Sam Hoare, who played Hal in Season 3, about his experience, working with David Berry, the prospect of a spinoff, who might play Minnie, directing Steven Cree, and a few other things. Our conversation took place almost exactly a year ago. While I would never say linear time is my specialty (because it’s not), I do trust my gut about universal timing. Sometimes when things keep getting in the way, it’s best to just let them.

In fact, I feel it’s the perfect time to release my interview with Sam Hoare, now, with the Lord John Grey spinoff (hopefully) transitioning from the idea stage to something more concrete.

I enjoyed my chat with Sam very much. The words that come to mind for me, for Sam, are: eloquent, dutiful, humble, witty, ENGLISH, generous, thoughtful, dignified, and a perfect blend of down-home and posh. Sounds like a Grey to me….

I’ll mention a couple of things here, that are referenced in the interview. Sam said in an earlier article that he has been somewhat typecast as a “posh idiot,” except for his role in Eastenders, which we talk about. Hal is definitely posh, but certainly no idiot, so I think those days are over! 

Babysitting is a short film directed by Sam Hoare, in which his wife, Romola Garai plays. 

And finally, for those of you without small children, Peppa refers to the wonderful British TV show Peppa Pig. My daughter watched it religiously, as do Sam and his kids. More on that in the video. I highly recommend it for kids and grandkids!  Here is a shot of Daddy Pig, along with Mommy Pig, Peppa, and George. 


Without further ado, please enjoy my chat with the delightful Sam Hoare…



14 comments on “Duke of Pardloe, Earl of Melton, Harold Grey ~ Sam Hoare, on Playing Lord John Grey’s Big Brother, Hal

  1. Thank you Courtney for a delightful interview with Sam Hoare.
    What a decent self afacing man he is and thank you for asking such interesting questions.
    I always enjoy your interviews, you have a real talent. Also your coversati9ns with the ladies ! They do make me smile.
    Such a shame that the Hector part of the story was not included but I understand not everything can make it into the episodes.

    Thank you again and I really appreciate all that you do and the work that goes into it all.

    Best wishes
    Angie Reynolds

    • I’m glad you liked it Anne, and I’m happy you enjoy my work. Thanks for taking the time to let me know. ?

  2. “Having You”is available for free if you are an Amazon Prime member. Just for your information. Thanks for all your efforts in keeping us updated on the Outlander Universe!

  3. By asking such well-researched questions, you demonstrate a respect for the actor which, in turn, elicits such engaging responses. Thank you!

    • That’s always my aim Janis. I only have a short time with them, and I find thorough research helps me make the most of it. Thank you.

  4. What an absolutely delightful man Sam Hoare is. The way he morphed into Lord Melton is so intriguing, now that I see him as the man he is. I read somewhere that he will reprise the role in future episodes of Outlander when the Revolutionary War begins. Just a rumor? Perhaps, but the writers should seriously consider that twist. As Lord John’s older brother and knowing his sexual orientation, I see a whale of a “conundrum” there! Loved the interview.

  5. Terrific interview with Sam Hoare! I love the Grey family from Diana’s books. It would be wonderful to see a spin off based on Diana’s Lord John series. Hal is another great character and Sam Hoare played him perfectly. I hope we see more of this character in the future if we get to see all of the book adapted for TV. That would make us fans so happy. Thanks for giving us this interview!!

  6. Your interviews are always a special treat, Courtney! And Sam Hoare is such a charming, versatile person!
    Thank you so much for all the work, for digging deeper into various aspects and bringing to light precious intel about the actors, the characters or the show. I agree with Janis, your meticulous preparation shows respect towards the interviewees and triggers off really interesting and/or funny answers. I love the way you combine serious with humorous matters. Highly entertaining!
    I sign off on any spinoff that includes Sam Hoare!

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