One of our followers on Twitter, @homemaker101, found this video that appears to be actress Vanessa Walsh auditioning for the part of Claire. The first of the scenes depicted here is after the skirmish with the English and Jamie faints from blood loss, falling off the horse he was sharing with her, and her subsequent efforts to patch him up. The second is after their first time together on their wedding night and the somewhat awkward conversation that follows.
Here’s what IMDB tells us about Ms. Walsh. She has done stage acting before: Marc Anthony in ‘Julius Caesar’, Natalya Petrovna in ‘A Month in the Country’, and Desdemona in ‘Othello’. She produced and starred in a one woman stage show called ‘Shakespeare’s Will’. She was in a crime-comedy web series called ‘Bad Seeds’ last year and also co-wrote the pilot episode for a web series called ‘The Jim’, which has been very successful. She trained in London with the London International School of Performing Arts. She graduate from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre BFA Actor Training Program. She has also sung with the band ‘Flat Nine’. Her list of acting credits lists only the ‘Bad Seeds’ web series and an ‘Untitled Eadweard Muybridge Project’ which is in pre-production currently and slated to come out next year.
Sarah emailed the PR people with Starz and they have informed us that they cannot confirm whether this is an official audition tape or if this actress is actually being considered for the role. They said that often fans will make these audition tapes rather than going through the proper channels for consideration.
My guess is that this is likely the case with this video, but I could be wrong and it could very well be official. You can watch the video for yourself below and comment your thoughts on her performance if you like, and whether or not you feel this is an official tape or she’s just a fan looking for a career starter.