A Discovery of Witches’ long-awaited second season is finally returning to Sky One this January. The series deals with the fantasy romance between a vampire and a witch (Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer), relocating the action to 1590s England after season one’s time-travel cliffhanger. Of course, a new time period means new characters. Among these we see Tom Hughes as Kit Marlowe and Barbara Marten as Queen Elizabeth. For many fans, though, the most exciting new face comes in the form of Steven Cree ’s Gallowglass, a vampire character who’s a fan-favourite in Deborah Harkness’ original books.
Best known for his role as Ian Murray Sr on the time-travel drama, Outlander, Steven Cree had talked with RadioTimes.com on his experience on the fantasy series “A Discovery of Witches”.
During an interview on the set of season two in 2019, Steven Cree explained that Gallowglass is Matthew’s nephew, in vampire terms. “In that sense, he’s incredibly loyal to Matthew and the Clairmonts, despite perhaps not necessarily always agreeing with everything, particularly with Philippe. But he’s quite a bombastic type of guy, and enjoys having fun.” told the scottish actor.
When the actor was watching season one of the series, he told his wife that it never happened for him to be part of a series from its second season and then to see the actors with whom he will work and the world in which his character will move.
“It was just really exciting to join something that’s been so critically well-received, and that also I really love watching.” said Cree.
Steven Cree did also have another advantage in joining the cast of a fantasy romance adaptation (involving time travel) with some seriously dedicated fans: all the years he spent playing on Starz/Amazon hit Outlander. Apparently the intense reaction to that series helped prepare him for the fan scrutiny that came hand in hand with Harkness’ All Soul’s trilogy.
“The thing about Outlander when I did Outlander – I wasn’t on social media at that point,” Cree told us. “I didn’t know anything about the books. It wasn’t until kind of after Outlander came out, really, that I kind of learned more about that. And when I joined Twitter, I kind of understood it even more.”
Referring to both the shows, the actor explains how they have a fanbase immediately in place before you even start on it. Right because of social media, Steven Cree has been very aware of the expectations for Gallowglass. Whereas on Outlander, he had no idea. Though given Gallowglass’ central role, he admitted that he was feeling even greater pressure.
“The character I played in Outlander was different,” he told RadioTimes.com. “There was a different level of expectation, whereas Gallowglass seems to be a real fan-favourite in the books. I’m definitely aware of that. You’re never going to be able to please everyone all the time. So not necessarily feeling pressure, but you want to be… You want a job that will hopefully be representative of the character in the books, and also the TV show is just a different beast anyway. But he is such a cracking character in the books. Hopefully the people who hold him close to their hearts will enjoy that.”
We at Survived The Shows are sure that fans will love Steven Cree’s performance as Gallowglass just as much as the Outlander ones did when he played Ian Murray Sir. Certainly, the actor himself seemed to be enjoying the experience.
“Getting to play a character that seems so beloved, is a nice challenge, as opposed to something negative.” said Cree.
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