Kiwi actor cast in Outlander

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Publish Date
Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 2:03PM
The actor has been a regular face on local television for several years. Photo/IMBD
The actor has been a regular face on local television for several years. Photo/IMBD

A Kiwi actor has scored a breakout TV role after joining the cast of Outlander.

Gary Young, who has starred in Shortland Street and The Shannara Chronicles, will play Mr Willoughby, a Chinese man with knowledge of Eastern medicine who becomes a confidante of Jamie Fraser, played by Sam Heughan. 

A description of the character on Deadline describes how Willoughby is a "talented poet in exile, with an even deeper love of women", and that he speaks English but hides it when necessary.

"He is even more of an outsider than Claire in 18th century Scotland," the description reads, referring to Caitriona Balfe's character. 

Young has been a recurring face on New Zealand television, with roles in Harry, Nothing Trivial, Outrageous Fortune and Underbelly on his long list of local credits.

Outlander won't be his first international role though. Asides from a guest stint on Shannara, Young last year was in the Australian series Secret City.

He also had a role in Netflix's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel, Sword of Destiny

Outlander, based on a series of books by Diana Gabaldon, follows Claire, a nurse in World War Two who is accidentally transported back to 18th century Scotland, where she falls madly in love with the roughish Jamie. 

Young's casting follows the success of other Kiwi actors, including Michelle Ang on Fear the Walking Dead, KJ Apa on Riverdale and Joe Naufahu on Game of Thrones

The first two seasons are available to stream on Lightbox.