The English ac­tor, 43, por­trays dual an­ces­tors in the hit se­ries ‘Out­lander.’ (Airs Mon­days, 7.30 PM; Show­case)

WHO - - The List - —Julie Jor­dan

How fun has it been to play both Frank and “Black Jack” Ran­dall?

It’s been a joy. Weav­ing bits of one into the other and play­ing them off each other has been great fun.

What was the big­gest chal­lenge switch­ing be­tween the two?

Maybe one of the days I was play­ing both parts was a bit much. But I’m proud of what we’ve done with Jack. There is hor­ror in him—but also sad­ness. Hope­fully that makes it less easy for peo­ple to dis­miss him.

And for Frank?

There’s a lot to like. He’s loyal, smart and he has real en­durance and a ca­pac­ity to love. He’s in­her­ently a good, de­cent hu­man be­ing.

How do you spend a day off from work?

Ideally it will in­volve a ten­nis les­son. And then maybe pol­ish it off with some wine out­side in a sunny cor­ner with good com­pany.

Pass­ing the time: Men­zies with Caitri­ona Balfe and bairn in Out­lander.

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