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).
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.
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 www.michellestyles.co.uk