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Lauren Lyle (born 1993) is a Scottish actress best known for her recurring role as Marsali MacKimmie Fraser in the Starz television drama Outlander.

Early life

Lyle was born on 12 July 1993 in Scotland, United Kingdom. Lyle did not attend formal drama school; instead she was accepted to the National Youth Theatre's rep program in 2015.[1] The highly competitive program accepts approximately fifteen or sixteen actors under the age of twenty-five who work towards a series of plays performed on London's West End in the fall of that year.[2]


Lyle's first professional role, in 2013, was Action On the Side's short film WhosApp, which centers on the results of using a new dating app.[3] The next year she would once again star in a short film from Action On the Side entitled Office Ugestu, which tells the story of a miser who is trying to quit his job.

In 2015, Lyle was accepted to the National Youth Theatre's rep program, performing in three plays during the season.[1] She appeared as Catherine in Wuthering Heights, Diane in Consensual, and the Prince of Arragon in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.[4][5][6] later that year she teamed up with writer Peter Own Brook on his short film ...And You're Back in the Room.[7] Her first television appearance, on BBC Three's BBC Comedy Feeds, saw Lyle appearing in a series four episode entitled "Radges".[8][9] She rounded out the year by featuring in The New Hope, an adaptation of Cervantes' Don Quixote Part I.[10]

Long-running medical drama Holby City featured Lyle as Katherine Rice in the series eighteen episode "Who You Are" (2016).[11][12] From there she featured in a three-episode stint, opposite Sean Bean, in the BBC's award winning drama Broken.[13][14] In 2017, Lyle debuted in the recurring role of Marsali MacKimmie Fraser in Starz's hit time travel drama Outlander, based upon Diana Gabaldon's best-selling book series of the same name.[15][16] Returning to her roots at the National Youth Theatre, Lyle appeared in the television documentary Stage Direction to discuss her experiences with the program.[17] 2018 saw a return to films for Lyle. She starred in the film adaptation of Fiona Shaw's novel Tell It to the Bees, opposite Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger, and Lily Rose Thomas' debut short film Girls Who Drink.[18][19]



Year Title Character Production Notes
2015 BBC Comedy Feeds Lauren BBC Three Episode: "Radges"
2016 Holby City Katherine Rice BBC One Episode: "Who You Are"
2017 Broken Chloe Demichelis BBC 3 episodes
2017–Present Outlander Marsali MacKimmie Fraser Starz Recurring role, 11 episodes
2017 Stage Direction Herself Rabbit & Snail Television documentary


Year Title Character Notes
2013 WhosApp Grace Timms Short film
2014 Office Ugetsu Annie Short film
2015 ...And You're Back in the Room Sister Short film
2015 The New Hope Damsel
2018 Tell It To the Bees Annie Kranmer
2018 Girls Who Drink Short film


Year Title Role Director Theatre
2014 The Crucible Ensemble Yaël Farber The Old Vic Theatre
2015 Wuthering Heights Catherine Emily Lin Ambassadors Theatre[4]
2015 Consensual Diane Pia Furtado Ambassadors Theatre[5]
2015 Merchant of Venice Prince of Arragon Anna Niland Ambassadors Theatre[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Five Years of NYT REP in the West End. www.nyt.org.uk. Accessed 2019-04-01
  2. Which course to choose and where to study it. The Stage. Accessed 2019-04-01
  3. Action On The Side. vimeo.com. Accessed 2019-04-02
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wuthering Heights. Plays To See. Accessed 2019-04-01
  5. 5.0 5.1 Consensual (Ambassadors Theatre). WhatsOnStage. Accessed 2019-04-01
  6. 6.0 6.1 REVIEW: The Merchant Of Venice, Ambassadors Theatre ✭✭✭. British Theatre. Accessed 2019-04-01
  7. Filmography. Peter Owen Brook. Accessed 2019-04-02
  8. Radges - BBC3 Sitcom. British Comedy Guide. Accessed 2019-04-02
  9. Cesar Domboy, Lauren Lyle Join Cast of Starz Hit Drama OUTLANDER. BroadwayWorld.com. Accessed 2019-04-02
  10. The New Hope (2015). begstealborrowfilms. Accessed 2019-04-02
  11. ‘Outlander’ Casts César Domboy and Lauren Lyle for Season 3. Variety. Accessed 2019-04-02
  12. BBC One - Holby City, Series 18, Who You Are. BBC. Accessed 2019-04-02
  13. Last night's TV review: Broken (BBC1): stretching credibility to breaking point. The Independent. Accessed 2019-04-02
  14. Leading Actor - SEAN BEAN. www.bafta.org. Accessed 2019-04-02
  15. ‘Outlander’ Casts César Domboy As Older Fergus & Lauren Lyle As Marsali In Season 3. Deadline. Accessed 2019-04-02
  16. 'Outlander' Postmortem: Lauren Lyle analyzes Marsali's relationships with Fergus, Jamie, and Claire. www.yahoo.com. Accessed 2019-04-02
  17. National Youth Theatre graduates share experiences for our new film, STAGE DIRECTION. RABBIT & SNAIL FILMS. Accessed 2019-04-02
  18. 'Tell It to the Bees': Film Review. The Hollywood Reporter. Accessed 2019-04-02
  19. Girls Who Drink: A Short Film By Lily Rose Thomas – Your Cinema. Accessed 2019-04-02