Maria Doyle Kennedy Cast as Jocasta for ‘Outlander’ Season Four

If you already thought the cast of Outlander was great, get ready for a fantastic new addition.

Maria Doyle Kennedy is joining season four of Outlander as Jocasta, the aunt of Jamie (Sam Heughan).

Maria Doyle Kennedy may look familiar as she just wrapped up starring in Orphan Black.  She also starred in The Tudors.  She has starred in the films The Conjuring 2 and Sing Street.  She has many other credits to her name which you can peruse at IMDb.

According to Outlander Wiki (spoilers below):

Jocasta Cameron Innes is the youngest sister of EllenColum, and Dougal MacKenzie. She grew up with her siblings at Castle Leoch and was very fond of them all. She was a very skilled artist, like her sister, before she gradually lost her sight. She has married four men, the most recent of which is Duncan Innes.

Jocasta is described as a striking woman that exudes a sensual vitality. She is possessed of the broad cheekbones and high, smooth brow that Claire had observed of Jocasta’s brothers, Colum and Dougal, many years before, as well as the striking height and presence of her nephew and great-niece. She has white hair with a tinge of ruddiness to it, suggesting that it might once have been as red as Jamie’s. When Claire and Jamie first meet Jocasta at River Run, Claire makes note of Jamie’s response to his aunt’s appearance, and surmises that Jocasta likely bore a great resemblance to her older sister Ellen, Jamie’s mother.

Jocasta meets her nephew and his wife Claire, as well as her great-nephew Ian, when they arrive in summer of 1767.

As has previously announced, season four is based on Diana Gabaldon’s fourth novel in the Outlander series, Drums of Autumn.  Filming on the fourth season began on Monday.

You can follow Maria Doyle Kennedy on Twitter, Instagram, and she has an official website.

Source: EW, Deadline, IMDb, Outlander Wiki


  • Sirilicious

    I love to see her in stuff. I thought Jacosta was (a lot) older than her, so that is a bit of an adjustment.

    • konnie

      I saw a different post with a younger looking picture and thought the same thing. but she is a great actress and I trust the makeup department to “age” her appropriately. Jocasta is still alive and living in Nova Scotia at the end of book 8….so I guess they need to cast younger in case we are blessed enough to see book 9 on the telly. fingers crossed I live that long. tee hee

  • Lori

    I have enjoyed her work for years and look forward to her owning the role of Jocasta. Now there will two Irish lasses on set. Going to get rowdy.

  • J.

    Oh, how wonderful is this?!
    I admit, she would have been the last person I would have pictured as Jocasta, but I just had to suppress a huge sqeak of joy about that anouncement.
    I just loved and adored her in the Tudors and I really like to see her on screen in general. I did not expect this.
    She will so hit this Part out of the park 😀