Photo: Director Philip John with Caitriona on location at Kinloch Rannoch during filming of the Season 2 finale, Dragonfly In Amber, February, 2016
I started this OutlanderBTS: Where Are They Now series recently, with a post about the lovely Stephen Walters, Colin MacFarlane, Keith (Kiki) Fleming, and Adrienne Zitt. It was very well received, so I’m bringing you this next one, right quick. Let’s catch up with some more cast and crew…
Philip John: (Director, Season 2)
Last Seen in Outlander: Episode 213, Dragonfly In Amber
Photo: Philip John
In my time as a blogger for the screen adaptation of Outlander, I’ve come to realize just how critical a good director is in the making of a great episode. When looking back at my favorite (or least favorite) episodes over the past five seasons, a pattern generally emerges. One of my favorite episodes will always be Dragonfly In Amber, written by Toni and Matt, and directed by this award winning, Welsh director, Philip John. Directors are basically responsible for the translation of the script into an episode. I would imagine that entails a lot, especially these days, with Covid-19 restrictions! Directors are also responsible for the first edit, or the “director’s cut” for each episode they direct. In television, the Executive Showrunner (was Ron, now Matt) has the final say regarding what stays and what goes (in film, the director has the final say). Philip directed several episodes in Season 2: Je Suis Prest, Prestonpans, The Hail Mary, and the finale of the season.
Photo: Philip John, masked up on the job, 2021
What’s he up to now?
Before his work on Outlander, Philip directed six episodes of Downton Abbey, and he was nominated for awards for his work on Being Human. Since Outlander Season 2, he’s kept plenty busy, directing episodes for multiple series of TV, such as: The Halcyon, Lucky Man, Iron Fist, and Cloak & Dagger. He directed twelve episodes for the Welsh crime drama, Bang, and he told me in September of 2019, that he was “Loving it.”
I caught up with him recently to find out what he’s been up to lately, and he said,
“Since April I’ve been adapting an Indian novel, The Arrangements of Love, to shoot as a movie next year. Then I shot a new Scottish marine crime drama called Annika, with Nicola Walker and Jamie Sives. Now I have just started working on season four of Good Karma Hospital, to be shot in Sri Lanka. So lucky to be busy.”
He directed three episodes from Season 3 of The Good Karma Hospital as well.
Will we see Philip again in Outlander?
Sam Hoare: (Lord Melton /Hal, in Season 3)
Last Seen in Outlander: Episode 304, Of Lost Things (My favorite of that season)
Photo: Sam Hoare, Twitter, April, 2021
What’s he up to now?
“It has been a busy time and I should have at least 3 bits of Tv coming out soonish. 1 on Sky, 1 on HBO and 1 on BBC. I also expect to re-start the play Leopoldstsdt in the West End this August, though everything in theatre feels less certain and unpredictable in these times. Other than that I’ve been writing lots. I have a few tv shows in development and hope one of my films may shoot next year. I’m also writing an audio drama and thinking about trying to write a children’s book. Got to keep busy when not filming, baking or running after my kids!”
Sam went on to say that he is doing well and wishes everyone well.
If you haven’t seen my interview with Sam Hoare, Check it out here: Sam Hoare on Playing Hal.
Will we see Sam again in Outlander?
This is an interesting one. Yes is the answer, if Season 7 goes ahead and they stick to the book; there is plenty of Hal in An Echo In The Bone. The other interesting possibility is a Lord John Grey spinoff. Ron confirmed we would be hearing about a spinoff soon, but nothing has been announced yet.
Emma Campbell-Jones: (Mary McNab in Season 3)
Last Seen in Outlander: Episode 302, Surrender
What’s she up to now? (from April)
“I’ve just wrapped on a small role in a tv series called The Power this week, but apart from a short film called Three Sisters, shot over Zoom in lockdown, that’s the first job I’ve had since , when I spent most of August in Budapest working on a movie directed by Neil Marshall called The Reckoning, then two episodes of a tv series called Treadstone – a spin off of The Bourne Identity movies. Beautiful city to get to spend so much time in!”
Unfortunately, the last year included a significant loss for Emma…
“I was a carer for my elderly father, who had Alzheimer’s, so it became increasingly difficult to work. I lost him two weeks into the first lockdown last year, which was a shock, because apart from his Alzheimer’s and being 90, he was otherwise healthy – he was dancing at the birthday party I threw for him only two months earlier (pictured above). I really thought I’d have at least another year or two with him, but I guess he just decided it was time. (It wasn’t Covid).
So yeah, waves of grief, lockdowns, loneliness, not as many hugs or getting to see my family or friends as much as I would have liked, struggling for work, as all the jobs actors tend to do when they’re not acting were also seriously impacted by the lockdowns…it’s been hard at times, but I’m not alone in that.
Some positives have sprung from it – an even greater sense of connection to nature and how much joy I feel from that – lots of wild swimming and walks, as well as a newly discovered love of balcony gardening, a deeper commitment to self care and mindfulness and, as someone who’s not especially tech-savvy, I’m pleased to say I figured it out for myself and made some tech investments in kit needed to do self tapes at home and voice over work – which I use for my bi-weekly hosting work for Green Note – a lovely little live music venue in Camden that kept me happy, connected and able to support myself and Dad when my caring obligations intensified… it’s also been my lifesaver throughout this pandemic too. The next best thing to being at a live gig I reckon!”
Will we see Emma again in Outlander?
Interestingly, ABOSAA does involve a conversation, (right after Malva drops her accusation), in which Jamie tells Claire about Mary McNab. We could get a flashback, I suppose? I do hope we get that conversation – it’s a lovely intimate moment.
Conor McCarry: (Young Jamie in Season 3)
Last Seen in Outlander: Episode 308, First Wife
What’s Conor up to now? (from April)
“So recently of course with the pandemic things have been quiet. But I’ve just started filming season 6 of BBC drama ‘Shetland’ in which I play ‘PC Alex Grant’. My character started in season 5 and season 6 was postponed due to the pandemic but that’s us underway now. We’re also doing season 7 later in the year so hopefully I’ll be a part of that too.
Last year I did a little bit in a Netflix series called ‘The Irregulars’ That was about a month before Covid hit and was really cool to be a part of.
In between that I also have a band called ‘Cloud House’. We were gigging a lot/recording until of course again, Covid. But we got back to recording and writing last year when things calmed down a bit and we just released a debut EP, which you can find on Spotify/Apple music and all the usual places. We’ve also just sent away for the vinyl version of it so that will be very cool once it comes out. I’m very proud of the band and we’re dying to get going again and regain the momentum we had!
In my personal life I also got engaged last year to my wonderful partner Lauren. I don’t know where I’d be without her to be pretty honest So we’re planning our wedding in Cyprus currently which will be awesome when it finally happens.”
I asked Conor for a clip of his band and what his role / instrument is…
“I’m lead singer and guitarist. This was our first single of 2021.”
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OutlanderBTS What’s New – coming in the next weeks…
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