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Richard "Rik" Rankin (born Richard Harris; 4 January 1983) is a Scottish film, television and theatre actor. He is, perhaps, best known for his roles in the Scottish sketch show, Burnistoun and as Captain Thomas Gillan in the BBC One war drama, The Crimson Field.[1] In December 2015, he was cast as Roger Wakefield in the STARZ television adaptation of Outlander.

Early life

Richard was born Richard Harris in Glasgow in 1983 and grew up in Rutherglen. However, upon becoming an actor, he began using his mother's maiden name, Rankin, to prevent confusion with Irish actor, Richard Harris. He enrolled at Langside College with his brother, and fellow actor, Colin Harris.[2]

Personal life

His brother, Colin, is also an actor and has appeared alongside Michael Sheen in The Damned United and on BBC Three's Lip Service.


Richard first came to prominence with Robert Florence, starring alongside him in VideoGaiden and Burnistoun. After brief appearances on Scottish television shows, such as Taggart and Legit, he was approached by the BBC to star as Captain Thomas Gillan in a new TV mini-series called The Crimson Field alongside Kevin Doyle and Oona Chaplin. The series aired on BBC One on April 6, 2014.[3] He also starred in a low-budget horror film, House of Him, which was released during the Glasgow Film Festival in February, 2014. The film had a budget of approximately £900 and starred many of his old Burnistoun colleagues, including Robert Florence, Kirsty Strain and Louise Stewart.[4]

In January 2015, Rankin joined the cast of the BBC One crime drama series Silent Witness in the two-part story "Fallen Angels", playing Detective Inspector Luke Nelson.


Year Movie Character
2015 Burnt Reece Waiter
2014 The House of Him Him
2011 Dead Ringer (Short) Richie


Year Title Role
2016- Outlander (TV series) Roger Wakefield
2016 Thirteen (TV Mini-Series) DI Elliott Carne
From Darkness Norrie Duncan
The Syndicate Sean McGary
American Odyssey Haney
Silent Witness D.I. Luke Nelson
2014 The Crimson Field (TV Mini-Series) Capt Thomas Gillan
2009-2012 Burnistoun Various
2010 Taggart Ged MacShane
2009 The Old Guys Groom
2007 Legit Nelson
2006 VideoGaiden Various


Year Title Role Theater
The Lieutenant of Inishmore
The Pillowman
Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off[5]
Celts in Seville
Black Watch