John Bell (Scottish actor)

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John Bell
Bell at the Hobbitcon III convention in Bonn, Germany on 5 April 2015
Born (1997-10-20) 20 October 1997 (age 23)
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom[1]
Years active2007–present

John Hunter Bell (born 20 October 1997) is a Scottish actor. He has played Bain in two instalments of The Hobbit film series, "Young Ian" Murray in the Starz television series Outlander, Angus in Battleship, Helius in Wrath of the Titans and Toby Coleman in Tracy Beaker Returns.


Bell made his TV debut in 2007 when he played Creet in the episode "Utopia" of Doctor Who after he won the role in a Blue Peter competition. In March 2008, he was the lead singing boy in a promotional trailer for the BBC 1 talent show 'I'd Do Anything'. In 2009, Bell played the lead role of Connor in Transit, a short drama.

Bell appeared in his first film role in 2009 when he starred as young orphan Tomas in A Shine of Rainbows.[2][3][1] From 2009–2010, he portrayed Anthony Weaver in TV series Life of Riley, and, in 2011, appeared in TV movie Hattie as Robin Le Mesurier. From 2010–2011, Bell starred as Toby Coleman in BAFTA winning children's television series, Tracy Beaker Returns.[4] In July 2011, he was named by Screenterrier as one of the top 12 British rising stars.

In 2012, Bell portrayed Helius in the fantasy film Wrath of the Titans[5][6][7] and then as Angus in the science fiction war film Battleship.[8] He then appeared as Billy Bempsy in TV mini series Hatfields & McCoys. In 2013 and 2014, he portrayed Bain, son of Bard the Bowman, in epic adventure fantasy films The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.[9][10][11] Also in 2013, he portrayed Jamie Carr in an episode of TV series Midsomer Murders. He would go on to portray Niki in Evergreen Production's 2015 post WWII drama The Man in the Box, though the film has yet to be released.[12][13]

Bell is currently portraying "Young" Ian Murray in STARZ's hit time travel series Outlander from season three forward. His character first appears in Episode 6: "A. Malcolm".[14][15]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Transit Connor Short film
2009 A Shine of Rainbows Tomas
2012 Wrath of the Titans Helius
Battleship Angus
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Bain
2014 Tracks Ed Short film
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Bain
2015 Billy the Kid Billy Short film
The Man in the Box Niki In post production
2017 T2 Trainspotting Young Spud


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Doctor Who Creet Episode: "Utopia"
2009–2010 Life of Riley Anthony Weaver 7 episodes
2010–2011 Tracy Beaker Returns Toby Coleman 25 episodes
2011 Hattie Robin Le Mesurier Television film
2013 Midsomer Murders Jamie Carr Episode: "The Sicilian Defence"
2017 Into the Badlands Gabriel 5 episodes
2017–present Outlander Ian Murray Series regular, 20 episodes

Audio drama[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty: The Dragon And The Raven Young Harold


  1. ^ a b "John Bell Q&A". 1 March 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  2. ^ "A Shine of Rainbows". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  3. ^ Doan, Brian. "A Shine of Rainbows Movie Review (2010)". Roger Ebert. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  4. ^ "ScreenTerrier: Tracy Beaker Returns". 1 December 2009. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  5. ^ Categorized as (15 October 2012). "Wrath Of The Titans DVD Review". The Hollywood News. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Review: Wrath of the Titans". Slackerwood. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Wrath Of The Titans Review: Epic, Visually Breathtaking, But Lacks Depth". 26 March 2012. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  8. ^ ScreenTerrier (19 November 2010). "ScreenTerrier: Tracy Beaker's John Bell joins Battleship". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Exclusive! Q&A with Hobbit Actor John Bell | Middle-earth News". Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Watch The Hobbit World Premiere Live". Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  11. ^ "And So it Begins: First Screen Shot from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug". SciFi Mafia. 18 December 2012. Archived from the original on 14 May 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  12. ^ The Man in the Box (2015), retrieved 6 July 2021
  13. ^ Staff (2021). "Man in a box - 2021 film: release date, clock trailer, actors, news". Letteratura U Cinema (in Maltese). Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (20 September 2016). "'Outlander': John Bell & Wil Johnson Cast As Young Ian & Joe Abernathy". Deadline. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  15. ^ "'Outlander' to return in early 2022 - get a first look at season 6". Retrieved 6 July 2021.

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