Cast This: Roger MacKenzie

***If you have not read Dragonfly in Amber (Book 2) and do not want to be spoiled, do not read this post.  You have been warned.***

For our second Cast This for the second season of Outlander, we are focusing on Roger MacKenzie.  Roger appears as a small child in both the TV series and novel of Outlander.  When we begin the novel Dragonfly in Amber, he is grown up, along with Brianna Randall (her Cast This and Your Picks posts).  He is a character that stays around for a while along with Brianna, so I would assume that the casting director is looking for someone who can carry a role that may be small to begin with, but will become a larger part of the series if more seasons beyond two are made.


He is 28 at the beginning of Dragonfly in Amber.

“The inhabitant, a small boy with a shock of glossy black hair, was curled up in the depths of the chair, sound asleep.” Outlander, Chapter 2

“The boy, startled out of sleep, shot bolt upright, wide eyes the color of moss.” Outlander Chapter 2

“The eyes [Claire’s] swept up from his size-eleven plimsolls to the face a foot above her.” Dragonfly in Amber, Chapter 1

“He [Roger] unconsciously straightened himself as he followed, drawing up to his full six feet three.” Dragonfly in Amber, Chapter 1

“He’s got the grooviest eyes,” Brianna said, dreamily ignoring the question of his brain, “Aren’t they the greenest you’ve ever seen?” Dragonfly in Amber, Chapter 1

“He has a very nice bottom, too,” I [Claire] remarked, just to keep her going. “I noticed when he bent over to get the whisky.” Dragonfly in Amber, Chapter 1

“Nothing much wrong with him, he reflected, sucking in his stomach and pulling himself upright before the full-length reflection on the back of the door.  Firm.  Trim.  Long-legged, but not spindle-shanked.  Possibly a bit scrawny through the shoulders? He frowned critically, twisting his lean body back and forth.

He ran a hand through his thick black hair, until it stood on end like a shaving brush, trying to envision himself with a beard and long hair, like some of his students.” Dragonfly in Amber, Chapter 2

Which actor would you choose to play Roger and why?

Please keep in mind that eye color and hair color can be changed very easily.  Eye color is not something that may be changed to keep in line with the book character.

Please comment below with your choice and add a photo of the actor if you choose. I will make a new post in a couple of weeks with your top three choices.  

Below is a drawing of Roger MacKenzie by Alex Oliver (her Twitter account).

Roger Mackenzie drawing Alex Oliver