Monday, June 09, 2014

Male on Monday: Tobias Menzies

PHS editor and Harlequin Historical author Michelle Styles investigates one of the stars of the new  US tv series Outlander (based on the best selling romance novel of the same name, a novel which helped to launch the Scottish historical genre).
As OUTLANDER will be starting on 19 August in the US (no date for the UK showing...yet.. maybe after the Scottish referendum?) I had a quick look at the cast to see if there was any potential hero inspiration. Sam Heughan is an obvious choice as he places Jamie. However, there is also Tobias Menzies.
Tobias Menzie also had roles in Game of  Thrones (Edmure Tully) and Rome (Brutus). He has cheekbones to die for. It is a very English patrician face.
In Outlander, he plays the heroine's husband before the time slip and the definite villian when she goes back in time. The handling of the husband was one of the reasons why I wasn't as fond of Outlander as I thought I would be.
Anyway, seeing his name and knowing he is relatively easy on the eye and has a great voice, I thought Menzies worth investigating.
Born in London, England on 7 March 1974, Menzies attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). He has appeared extensively in theatre(among other roles he played the slick supply teacher Irwin in The History Boys)  as well as doing lots of television work. He has appeared in a variety of films, including Casino Royale as M's assistant Villiers.  He is one of those actors whom you tend to think -- ah I know him from something else.
There is not much on his private life. He is though apparently an excellent swordsman, something that should hold him in good stead in his most recent role.
Here is hoping that Outlander is a fantastic hit and comes to the UK...

Michelle Styles writes warm, witty andi nitmate historical romance for Harlequin in a wide variety of time periods. Her next novel Saved by the Viking Warrior is published in September. You can learn more about Michelle and her books on

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