Richard Rankin

Scottish actor Richard Rankin played numerous upstanding young men on series like "The Crimson Field" (BBC One, 2014) and "American Odyssey" (NBC, 2015) before vaulting to international attention with a starring role on ... Read more »
Born: 01/04/1984 in Glasgow,

Filmography

Actor (7)

From Darkness 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Outlander 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Thirteen 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

American Odyssey 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Burnt 2015 (Movie)

Reece Waiter (Actor)

The Crimson Field 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Replacement (TV Show)

Actor
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

A History of Britain 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Photography
Other (11)

Space Jam 1996 (Movie)

(Construction Foreman)

Junior 1994 (Movie)

(Construction Foreman)

The Fugitive 1993 (Movie)

(Construction Coordinator)

Jennifer Eight 1992 (Movie)

(Construction Coordinator)

Mr. Baseball 1992 (Movie)

(Los Angeles) (Construction Coordinator)

Hot Shots! 1991 (Movie)

(Construction Coordinator)

Regarding Henry 1991 (Movie)

(Construction Coordinator)

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989 (Movie)

(Construction Coordinator)

Beaches 1988 (Movie)

(Construction Coordinator)

The Presidio 1988 (Movie)

(Construction Coordinator)

The Monster Squad 1987 (Movie)

(Construction Coordinator)

Biography

Scottish actor Richard Rankin played numerous upstanding young men on series like "The Crimson Field" (BBC One, 2014) and "American Odyssey" (NBC, 2015) before vaulting to international attention with a starring role on the popular historical fantasy drama "Outlander" (Starz, 2014- ). Born Richard Harris on January 4, 1983 in Glasgow, Scotland, he worked in information technology before a trip to Los Angeles persuaded him to change career paths and become an actor. After training at Glasgow's Langside College, he adopted his mother's maiden name for his surname before landing minor parts on Scottish television series. His breakout showcase came with "Burnistoun" (BBC Two Scotland/BBC One Scotland, 2009-2012), a sketch comedy series starring Scottish comics Iain Connell and Robert Florence as multiple residents in a fictitious town near Glasgow. He then segued into dramatic series for the BBC, including the World War I drama "The Crimson Field" (2014), "The Syndicate" (BBC One, 2012- ) and the short-lived American thriller "American Odyssey" (NBC, 2015), which marked his Stateside television debut. Rankin made a brief appearance as a waiter in the Bradley Cooper drama "Burnt" (2015) before returning to UK television, where he landed prominent roles on two major series. In the miniseries "Thirteen" (BBC Three, 2016- ), he was a detective involved in a case regarding a woman who had been held captive in a cellar for more than a decade, while in the second season of the U.S.-British series "Outlander," he played the adult Roger Wakefield, son of James Fleet's Dr. Reginald Wakefield, and a major figure in the time-traveling escapades of series leads Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Frasher (Sam Heughan).

Milestones

2016

Cast as a detective on the miniseries "Thirteen"

2016

Played Roger Wakefield as an adult in second season of "Outlander"

2015

Made American television debut on "American Odyssey"

2009

Landed first major screen work on sketch comedy series "Burnistoun," for which he played multiple roles

Bonus Trivia

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Changed his surname from "Harris" to Rankin - his mother's maiden name - to avoid confusion with the famed Irish actor of the same name.

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Briefly considered forming a boy band with his brother before pursuing a career in IT.

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Learned to ride a horse for "Outlander."

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