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Richard Rankin

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Richard Rankin
Richard Rankin 2018.jpg
Richard Rankin in 2018
Richard Harris

(1983-01-04) 4 January 1983 (age 36)
Glasgow, Scotland
Alma materLangside College
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active2006–present
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
RelativesColin Harris[1]

Richard Rankin (born Richard Harris on 4 January 1983) is a Scottish film, television and theatre actor. He is best known for the Scottish sketch show Burnistoun and as Roger Mackenzie Wakefield in the Starz drama Outlander.[2][3]

Early life

Rankin was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1983 and spent part of his childhood in the West End of the city before moving to King's Park when he was ten years old, eventually attending Stonelaw High School.[4][5] One of four boys born to a police officer father and a mother in the hotel industry, he originally planned a career in the sciences or Information Technology.[5]

Rankin initially attended Glasgow Caledonian University as an IT major, but changed course after a chance encounter at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel during a holiday in Los Angeles.[6] A local film producer told the then 22-year-old that he had the look of an actor, and upon his return to Glasgow, Rankin auditioned for Langside College with his brother Colin Harris.[5][6] Both graduated and went on to a career in acting, but when Rankin, who was then known by his birth name of Richard Harris, applied for his Equity card he began using his mother's maiden name (Rankine) to prevent confusion with Irish actor Richard Harris.[5][7]


Rankin began his professional career in 2006 by starring alongside Robert Florence in VideoGaiden, a Scottish video game show originally aired on BBC Two Scotland.[8][9] Between 2007 and 2010 he made appearances on episodic Scottish television programs Legit (2007) and The Old Guys (2009) for the BBC and Taggart (2010) for STV.[10][11][12] The Scottish sketch comedy series Burnistoun, which ran for three series on BBC Two Scotland, featured Rankin in various roles from 2009 until 2012.[2][13]

In 2011 Rankin starred in the short film Dead Ringer, directed by Carter Ferguson.[14] Conceived, written, and filmed in a forty-eight hour period, the film won several awards, including Best Director and Best Actor for Rankin, at the Glasgow 48 Hour Film Project.[15][16][17] He was cast as lovelorn Army Captain Thomas Gillan, starring alongside Kevin Doyle and Oona Chaplin, in the WWI based mini-series The Crimson Field .[18][19] The series aired on BBC One in April 2014, but only ran for one series.[20] That same year he featured in an ultra low-budget horror film, House of Him, which was released during the Glasgow Film Festival in February 2014. The film had a budget of approximately £900 and starred many of his old Burnistoun colleagues, including Kirsty Strain and Louise Stewart.[21][22]

Richard Rankin (L) and Sophie Skelton (R) answer fan questions during a group panel at the Sasnak City Outlander convention on 18 November 2018.
Richard Rankin (L) and Sophie Skelton (R) answer fan questions during a group panel at the Sasnak City Outlander convention on 18 November 2018.

Rankin joined the cast of the BBC One crime drama series Silent Witness in January 2015, starring as Detective Inspector Luke Nelson in series eighteen's two-part story "Falling Angels".[23] The episode focuses on a series of murders on the London Underground, the investigation of which brings up mysterious childhood memories of his father's murder.[24] Rankin went on to guest star in two episodes of NBC's conspiracy thriller American Odyssey, which was cancelled after one season, as corporate hit man Haney.[25][26] Writer Kay Mellor tailored the role of Sean McGary, changing the character from a Northerner to a Scot specifically for Rankin, in the third series of her anthology drama The Syndicate.[27] The series follows a group of colleagues who win the lottery, with Rankin portraying the gamekeeper of struggling English manor Hazelwood.[28] BBC One's four part crime drama From Darkness saw Rankin portray Norrie Duncan, husband to Anne-Marie Duff's ex-Manchester cop Claire Church.[29] In addition to his television roles, Rankin was also cast in John Well's film Burnt, alongside Bradley Cooper.[30]

December 2015 brought the announcement that Rankin had been cast as adult Roger Wakefield in Starz's time-traveling drama series Outlander, which is based upon Diana Gabaldon's best-selling book series.[31] Appearing first in the 2016 season two finale and then again in several episodes of season three, Rankin's character is the love interest of Brianna Randall Fraser.[32] He returned in season four, which premiered 4 November 2018, with an expanded and recurring role in the series.[33] Later in 2016, Rankin appeared as Detective Inspector Elliott Carne on the BBC's crime drama Thirteen.[28] The series centers on Ivy Moxam (Jodie Comer), a young girl kidnapped and held for thirteen years, as she attempts to reconnect with the life once had.[34] Returning to short films, Rankin starred as Vance in Chloë Wicks' The Wyrd, the story of a young couple in seventh century pagan England dealing with the introduction of Christianity.[35][36]

Rankin had roles in two BBC productions in 2017. First was the dramatic miniseries The Replacement, which revolves around Ellen (Morven Christie), who is dealing with maternity leave and the effects it has on her career. Rankin plays her psychiatrist husband in the three part series.[37][38] The second was a two episode stint as Father Hrothweard on historical drama series The Last Kingdom, based upon Bernard Cornwell's series of novels titled The Saxon Stories.[39][40]

Series twenty of ITV's long-running crime drama Midsomer Murders, which premiered in the United States in 2018 prior to its release in the UK, featured Rankin in episode four as football star Danny Wickham.[41] That same year it was announced that Rankin will star in series two of BBC One's drama Trust Me as neurologist Dr. Alex Kiernan.[42] The second series, which began filming in Glasgow, Scotland in September 2018, features a complete recasting from series one, with Rankin joining Alfred Enoch, Ashley Jensen, and John Hannah in the medical thriller.[43] In early 2019, Rankin appeared as Jack in BBC Radio Scotland's four-part comedy Saddled, which revolved around the adventures of The Easy Rider cycling club's members.[44][45]

In addition to his acting credits, Rankin is also an avid photographer. In March 2019 he hosted a one-night solo photography exhibition entitled “His Mind’s Eye” at the Littlefield Gallery NYC in Brooklyn, New York.[46]



Year Title Character Production Notes
2006 VideoGaiden Various BBC 2 episodes
2007 Legit Nelson BBC One Scotland Episode: "Danny, Champion of the World"
2009 The Old Guys Groom BBC Episode: "Marriage"
2010 Taggart Ged McShane STV Episode: "I.O.U"
2009-2012 Burnistoun Various BBC Two Scotland Series regular, 19 episodes
2014 The Crimson Field Captain Thomas Gillan BBC One Series regular, 6 episodes
2015 Silent Witness D.I. Luke Nelson BBC One Episode: "Falling Angels (Part 1 &2)"
2015 American Odyssey Haney NBC 2 episodes
2015 The Syndicate Sean McGary BBC One 6 episodes
2015 From Darkness Norrie Duncan BBC One Series regular, 4 episodes
2016 Thirteen D.I. Elliott Carne BBC Three Series regular, 5 episodes
2016–Present Outlander Roger Wakefield (MacKenzie)[47] Starz Series regular, 13 episodes
2017 The Replacement Ian Rooney BBC Miniseries
2017 The Last Kingdom Father Hrothweard BBC Two 2 episodes
2018 Midsomer Murders Danny Wickham ITV Episode: "The Lions of Causton"
2019 Trust Me Dr. Alex Kiernan[43] BBC One 4 episodes


Year Title Character Notes
2011 Dead Ringer Richie Short film/Independent
2014 The House of Him Him
2015 Burnt Reece Waiter
2016 The Wyrd Vance Screened at Norwich Film Festival[35]


Year Title Role Director Theatre
2008 Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off Bothwell[48][11][49] David Lee Michael Citizens Theatre
2009 The Pillowman Tupolski[50][51] David Lee-Michael Citizens Theatre
2010 The Lieutenant of Inishmore Donny[52][53] David Lee-Michael & David Winter Citizens Theatre
2012 Black Watch Granty[54][55] John Tiffany[56] National Theatre of Scotland
2012 Good With People Evan[57][58] George Perrin Traverse Theatre


Year Title Character Production Director
2019 Saddled Jack BBC Radio Scotland Gus Beattie (Producer)

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2011 Glasgow 48 Hour Film Project Best Actor Dead Ringer[14][17] Won
2017 Satellite Awards Best Ensemble (Television) Outlander[59] Won


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