Author Diana Gabaldon is stepping out from behind the computer screen and going in front of the camera. Gabaldon, the writer behind the eight-part Outlander book series, which has become one of the most buzzed about shows this summer (and for good reason – it’s awesome) after it premiered on Starz earlier this month, will guest star in an upcoming episode of the Outlander TV series. And yes, it is a speaking role.
Entertainment Weekly has provided an exclusive first look photo of the author turned actress, who filmed her cameo as Iona MacTavish back in February. Â The episode Gabaldon guest stars in is called “The Gathering,” the fourth episode of Outlander‘s freshman run, in which Claire attempts to plot her escape from the Castle but first must deal with a drunken Dougal an unexpected run-in with Jamie.
“Matt Roberts, the scriptwriter for this particular episode (and a lovely man he is, too, Guy Fawkes beard notwithstanding), would write a tiny scenelet for me,” Gabaldon wroteÂ about the role in a two-part post that she published her website. “Just a couple of lines of dialogue. They could then film that pretty quickly on its own, and I’d then be released… The lady in question is at the Gathering, and the scenelet in question takes place in one of the galleries over the Great Hall.”
Gabaldon’s episode of Outlander, which saws its viewers rise to one million this past weekend with its third episode, airs this Saturday, August 30th, at 9 p.m. on Starz. Watch a trailer for the episode below.