Outlander: Mark Lewis Jones discusses his character
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Outlander season six is coming soon to Amazon Prime and Starz. In the upcoming series, fans will be introduced to the Christie Family and those who are not familiar with the Outlander novels by Diana Gabaldon want to know everything about the Christies. Who is Tom Christie (played by Mark Lewis Jones) and how is he linked to Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan)? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
How is Tom Christie linked to Jamie Fraser?
With filming for season six of Outlander currently underway, there has been a huge cast announcement.
Series six of the historical-drama will see the introduction of the Christie family – Malva (Jessica Reynolds), Allan (Alexander Vlahos) and Tom (Mark Lewis Jones).
In Outlander season six, the Christies will join the Frasers at Fraser’s Ridge in the US.
Tom Christie is the father of Allan Christie and the uncle of Malva Christie but has raised Malva as a daughter.
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Jamie and Tom already have a strong link before they are reunited as Fraser’s Ridge.
The two Scotsmen know each other very well from their time at Ardsmuir.
Tom, a devout protestant, had been part of the Stuart clan during the Jacobite Rising of 1745.
In a behind-the-scenes video during a break from filming, Mark Lewis, who plays Tom Christie and Roger Mackenzie star Richard Rankin discussed Tom Christie and the arrival of his family.
Lewis explains: “There’s a bit of history between Jamie Fraser and myself, we were at Ardsmuir together.”
When asked by Rankin if Tom and Christie were “best friends” at Ardsmuir, Jones responded with a stern “no.”
Tom and Jamie were prisoners together at Ardsmuir in 1753.
During their time at Ardsmuir, tensions rose between the Protestant faction, headed by Tom and the Catholic’s, led by Jamie.
A solution was reached by Harry Quarry (Jay Villiers), the governor of the prison, who made Jamie an apprentice in his Masonic Lodge.
Jamie eventually rose to Master status, and he made his own lodge for several of his fellow prisoners and one of the men invited to the lodge was Tom Christie.
After Ardsmuir ceased to exist as a prison, Tom as transported to America as a prisoner.
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He was bought by Mr Evertt, a plantation owner in South Carolina who appointed Tom as a schoolmaster to his children.
Mr Everett also arranged for Tom’s children, Allan and Malva, to be sent from Edinburgh to the colonies to join him.
After his prison sentence came to an end, Tom agreed to stay in America and to become a teacher full-time.
Following the death of his second wife and Mr Everett, Tom and his children travelled to North Carolina in a bid to find Jamie Fraser, whose standing offer to help former Ardsmuir men settle in the backcountry was well-known.
Who plays Tom Christie in Outlander?
Welsh actor Mark Lewis Jones takes on the role of Tom Christie in Outlander.
Jones is best known for playing First Order Captain Moden Canaday in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Solider Tecton in Troy.
Outlander fans may also recognise Tom from his role as Kinney Edwards in Gangs of London and Iwan Bevan in The Accident.
He is also well known for playing General Vladimir Pikalov in Chernobyl and Steve Baldini in Keeping Faith.
Outlander season 1 to 5 are streaming on Starz and Amazon Prime Video now
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