Sophie Skelton

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Sophie Skelton
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Sophie Skelton in 2018
Sophie Alexandra Skelton

(1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 25)
Years active2008–present
Known for

Sophie Alexandra Skelton (born 7 March 1994) is a British actress best known for her role as Brianna Randall in the Starz drama series Outlander.[1]


Skelton was born and raised in Woodford, Greater Manchester, England, the daughter of entrepreneurial children's toy inventors.[2][3] She began dancing at the age of three, eventually training in ballet at the Royal Academy, before moving into musical theater and stage productions.[4][1] Her first professional television role, in Series two of the British crime drama DCI Banks (2012), was a two episode stint as schoolgirl Becca Smith.[5][6]

In 2013, Skelton guest-starred as Esme Vasquez-Jones in series one of CBBC's award winning children's drama The Dumping Ground.[7][8] That same year she went on to portray Nikki Boston's (Heather Pierce) estranged daughter in the ninth season of BBC One's school drama Waterloo Road and Yasmin Carish in a series thirteen episode of the long running medical series Doctors.[9][10]

Transitioning into feature films, Skelton's first role was in 2014's The War I Knew. She portrayed Margaret in director Ian Vernon's tale of a WWII paratrooper lost behind enemy lines.[11][12]

2015 saw a return to episodic television for Skelton. She again appeared in the BBC series Doctors, portraying Ellen Singleton in the series sixteen episode "Revenge".[13][14] Next she guest starred in a series nine episode of ITV's WWII and post-war era legal drama Foyle's War.[15] Later that year Skelton appeared in a twelve episode stint as Sofia Matthews on So Awkward, CBBC's sitcom revolving around three socially awkward school-age friends, and a two episode guest starring role as Gemma Holt on BBC One's medical drama Casualty.[16][17]

Skelton's first leading film role was in Charlotte Stente Nielsen's 2016 fantasy-horror short Blackbird.[18] Her breakout role, in the British fantasy action-adventure series Ren: The Girl with the Mark, came later that year.[6] She won Best Lead Actress at the Hyperdrive Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival for her role in the series.[19] 2016 also saw Skelton cast in the role of Brianna Randall Fraser in STARZ hit TV Series Outlander.[20][21] The role, opposite Scottish actor Richard Rankin as Roger Mackenzie is recurring, becoming a main cast member from Season 4 onwards, and will continue throughout their story arc as outlined in Diana Gabaldon's genre bending book series.[20][22]

In 2017, Skelton portrayed Jess in Christopher Menual's film Another Mother's Son, the true story of Louisa Gould, a widow living in Nazi occupied Jersey during WWII.[23] From there she went on to star alongside Nicolas Cage in the bank heist film #211 (2018), based upon the real-life "Battle of North Hollywood" in 1997, and Day of the Dead: Bloodline (2018), a remake of the 1985 George Romero zombie film.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
2014 The War I Knew Margaret
2016 Blackbird Rose Short film
2017 Another Mother's Son Jess
2018 211 Lisa MacAvoy
2018 Day of the Dead: Bloodline Zoe Parker


Year Title Character Production Notes
2012 DCI Banks Becca Smith ITV 2 episodes
2013 The Dumping Ground Esme Vasquez-Jones CBBC Episode: "Esme"
2013 Waterloo Road Eve Boston BBC One 4 episodes
2013/2015 Doctors Yasmin Carish / Ellen Singleton BBC 2 episodes
2015 Foyle's War Student Jane ITV Episode: "Trespass"
2015 So Awkward Sofia Matthews CBBC Recurring role, 12 episodes
2015 Casualty Gemma Holt BBC One 2 episodes
2016 Ren: The Girl with the Mark Ren Online Series regular, 5 episodes
2016–present Outlander Brianna Randall STARZ Series regular, 14 episodes

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2016 Hyperdrive Festival Award Best Leading Actress Ren[24] Won
2016 Jury Award Best Actress Ren Nominated
2016 International Online Web Fest Best Actress Ren Nominated
2019 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress on Television Outlander Pending


  1. ^ a b "Outlander Star Sophie Skelton Talks Her Biggest Season Yet". Harper's BAZAAR. 2017-09-07. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  2. ^ "'Outlander' finally casts Brianna". Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  3. ^ Aftab, Kaleem (4 September 2017). "Sophie Skelton on Outlander season 3, Day of the Dead: Bloodline and working with Nicolas Cage". The Independent. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Sophie Skelton". 1883 Magazine. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  5. ^ "DCI Banks - S2 - Episode 6: Innocent Graves - Part Two". Radio Times. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  6. ^ a b Prudom, Laura (28 January 2016). "'Outlander' Casts Brianna: Sophie Skelton Nabs Fan-Favorite Role for Season 2". Variety. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Children's in 2013 | BAFTA Awards". Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  8. ^ "The Dumping Ground - S1 - Episode 12: Esme". Radio Times. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  9. ^ "Waterloo Road actress on big Nikki story". Digital Spy. 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  10. ^ "Clip: The Lean, The Lean, Series 15, Doctors - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  11. ^ a b "Interview With Sophie Skelton, Star Of 211 | Film Inquiry". Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  12. ^ The War I Knew (2014), retrieved 2018-07-19
  13. ^ "Will Naimh confess her fears to Al? | Episode | Doctors | What's on TV". What' s on TV. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  14. ^ "Revenge, Series 16, Doctors - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  15. ^ "Foyle's War: Trespass". Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  16. ^ "Sophie Skelton". Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  17. ^ "Casualty - S29 - Episode 42: Forsaking All Others - Part One". Radio Times. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  18. ^ Blackbird (2016), retrieved 2018-07-20
  19. ^ Alter, Ethan (9 July 2016). "Before Her 'Outlander' Debut as Brianna, See Sophie Skelton in 'Ren'". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  20. ^ a b Petski, Denise (2016-01-28). "'Outlander': Sophie Skelton Cast As Brianna". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  21. ^ "'Outlander': Richard Rankin and Sophie Skelton on Navigating Fan Expectations". Collider. 2017-10-08. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  22. ^ Cohn, Paulette. "Outlander's New Star Richard Rankin on Working with Sophie Skelton and What He Has Learned". Parade Magazine. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  23. ^ Another Mother's Son (2017), retrieved 2018-07-20
  24. ^ Oseman, Neil (29 January 2016). "Ren's leading lady Sophie Skelton joins the cast of Outlander". Ren the Series. Retrieved 23 November 2017.

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