Steven Cree

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Steven Cree
Steven Cree in 2018.jpg
Steven Cree in 2018
Steven Cree

(1980-02-29) 29 February 1980 (age 39)
Alma materRoyal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
Years active2001–present
Known forIan Murray in Outlander (2014–present)
Christopher Seton in Outlaw King (2018)

Steven Cree (born 29 February 1980) is a Scottish film, television, and theatre actor. He is best known for his role as Ian Murray in the Starz television series Outlander.[1] His other work includes the films Brave, 300: Rise of an Empire, Maleficent, 51 Degrees North, Churchill, and the TV series Lip Service.[2]

Early life[edit]

Cree was born in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1980, the son of a local kitchen and bathroom fitter.[3] Upon completion of Secondary School, he attended Langside College in Glasgow for a year before applying, and being accepted to, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now known as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). In his final year at RSAMD, he was signed by a London Talent agent and moved to the city after completing school.[2]


Cree began his professional career in 2001 with the guest starring role of Gerry in an episode of CBBC's weekly comedy series G-Force.[4] He went on to guest star in an episode of BBC's medical drama Doctors in 2002 and ITV's prison drama Bad Girls in 2003.[5][6] 2006 saw Cree guest star in BBC's medical drama Holby City and Sky 1's football drama Dream Team.[7][8] Cree returned to BBC's Doctors in 2007 with a second guest role in series nine and had a guest role in series eleven of the popular crime drama Silent Witness.[9][1][10]

In 2009, Cree made the transition from television to feature films by starring as Antonio Vivialdi in Condor Pictures' Vivaldi, the Red Priest and director Craig Lyn's short film Closing Doors[11][12] He was then cast in episode five of ITV's six part mini-series Identity.[13] The crime drama followed a newly formed police unit investigating identity left cases.[14] Cree worked with actor/director Noel Clarke twice in 2010 as he was featured in the thriller, which followed four friends targeted by a smuggling ring, and the comedy Huge, which focused on a would-be stand up comedy duo.[15][16] E4's teenage science-fiction drama Misfits saw Cree return to episodic television with a season two guest spot that same year.[17] He was then featured in award winning Kurdish director Chiman Rahimi's sort film Rojin.[18][19] The next year saw Cree feature in the supernatural thriller film The Awakening and in director Tom Harper's short film The Swarm.[20][21]

2012 brought Cree a recurring role on BBC Three's groundbreaking drama Lip Service.[22] He portrayed Ryder, Sam Murray's police partner, opposite Heather Peace.[23] His next performance was as featured guest star Corporal Vince Grafton in a series two episode of ITV's murder mystery series Vera.[24][25] Throughout 2012, Cree had minor roles in major motion pictures such as Disney's John Carter and Brave (animated; voice work), British thriller Tower Block, and the Noel Clarke comedy The Knot.[26]

Steven Cree (R) and Cesar Domboy (L) answering questions during their panel at Creation Entertainment's Outlander convention in Las Vegas on 15 July 2018.

Actor turned director Sam Hoare's 2013 debut film, Having You, featured Cree in the role of Paul.[27][28] That same year, he portrayed Lennox in Kenneth Branagh's stage production of Macbeth at the Manchester International Festival.[29] The production sold out, but was broadcast live to audiences in Manchester, England and around the globe on 20 July, 2013 as part of the National Theatre's NT Live broadcasts.[30] That same year, director Ruth Sewell cast Cree in the lead role of Matt in her short film Fish Love, which was featured at the London Short Film Festival.[31]

2014 saw Cree return to television in series two of the BBC's crime drama Shetland, based on the best-selling book series by Ann Cleeves.[1] He next tackled minor roles in Disney's live action film Maleficent, which focuses on the villain of their 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty, and the made for TV film Marvellous.[32][33] He returned to television to guest star as Miras in the two-part Series Two premier of BBC's family drama Atlantis, which only ran for two seasons before being cancelled.[34][35][36] It was announced in 2014 that Cree has been cast in the role of Ian Murray in Starz time travel drama Outlander, based upon the best-selling book series from author Diana Gabaldon. The role is recurring and will continue throughout the series.[37]

Cree was cast in the guest role of Levesque in BBC's popular drama The Musketeers in 2015, portraying Porthos' brother-in-law in the series two episode.[38] That same year, he guest starred in the "mockumentary" Hoff the Record along side actor David Hasselhoff.[39][40] He went on to roles in several feature films such as Colin Kennedy's Swung, Legacy, 51 Degrees North, and short film The Rat King, which was nominated for Best Short at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.[41][42][43][44]

In 2016, Cree returned to crime drama Silent Witness in the two-part season nineteen episode "Flight", which focused on the murder of a critic of Muslim fundamentalism.[1][45] Once again reuniting with director Noel Clarke, Cree was featured as Brick in the feature length crime drama Brotherhood.[46] He then portrayed Scottish war hero and Navy meteorologist Captain James Stagg in 2017's D-Day film Churchill, which shed light on the little known fact that the invasion date had been moved due to weather.[24]

Science fiction/fantasy film The Titan (2018), starring Sam Worthington and Tom Wilkinson, has Cree portraying Major Tom Pike in Earth's dystopian future.[2][47] In 2018, in a second turn in a science-fiction film, Cree voiced the character ATRi in Hasraf Dulull's 2036 Origins Unknown, which explored the origins of an unknown object on the surface of Mars.[48] The Netflix drama Outlaw King, starring Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce, features Cree as Bruce's brother-in-law Sir Christopher Seaton.[49][50] In addition to roles in films and television, Cree wrote and starred in a short film entitled The Little Princess, which was co-awarded Best Short Narrative film at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.[51] He and director Jason Maza raised funds for the film on Kickstarter, a popular crowdfunding platform.[2]



Year Title Character Production Notes
2001 G-Force Gerry CBBC 1 episode
2002 Doctors Kenny Frazier BBC Episode: "Fit"
2003 Bad Girls Waiter ITV 1 episode
2006 Holby City David Harlem BBC Episode: "Honesty"
2006 Dream Team Connor Sky One Episode: "Pains, Gains, & Automobiles"
2007 Doctors Ryan Green BBC Episode: "Off the Edge"
2010 Identity Young Thacker ITV Episode: "Somewhere They Can't Find Me"
2010 Misfits Tom E4 1 episode
2010-2012 Lip Service Vince Ryder BBC Recurring role, 8 episodes
2012 Vera Corporal Vince Grafton ITV Episode: "Sandancers"
2014 Shetland John Henderson BBC 2 episodes
2014 Atlantis Miras BBC 2 episodes
2014 Marvellous Rev. McCoist Television film
2015–Present Outlander Ian Murray Starz Recurring role, 9 episodes
2015 The Musketeers Levesque BBC Episode: "The Prodigal Father"
2018 Hoff the Record Mike Porridge Dave Episode: "Hostile Environment Training"


Year Title Character Notes
2009 Vivaldi, the Red Priest Antonio Vivaldi
2009 Closing Doors Robert Short film/Independent
2010 Scotty
2010 Huge Trevor
2010 Rojin Hotel Manager Short film
2011 The Awakening Sergeant Evans Independent film
2011 The Swarm Tom Short film
2012 John Carter Humble Guard
2012 Brave Young Macintosh (voice)
2012 Tower Block DC Devlin
2012 The Knot Steve
2012 Having You Paul
2013 Fish Love Matt Short film/Featured at the London Short Film Festival
2014 300: Rise of an Empire Decapitated Greek marine
2014 Maleficent Overseer
2015 Swung Mike
2015 Legacy Damien
2015 51 Degrees North Michael Burlington
2015 The Rat King Jordan Short film/Independent. Nominated for Best Short at the Edinburgh International Film Festival[44]
2016 Brotherhood Brick
2017 Churchill Captain James Stagg
2018 The Titan Mjr. Timothy Pike
2018 2036 Origin Unknown ARTi (voice)
2018 Outlaw King Sir Christopher Seton Netflix Original
2018 The Little Princess The Man Written by Steven Cree. Featured at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival[51]
2019 Terminator: Dark Fate Rigby


Year Title Role Director Theatre
2004 Fierce: An Urban Myth Choonz[52][29] Janinie Abbott Tron Theater
2005 The Real Thing Brodie[53][29] Tim Pigott-Smith Richmond Theatre
2007 Cabaret Cliff Bradshaw[54][29] Rufus Norris Lyric Theatre
2011 Company Peter[55][56][29] Jonathan Munby Crucible Theatre
2013 Macbeth Lennox[29] Kenneth Branagh & Rob Ashford Park Avenue Armory[57] (Broadcast live worldwide on 20 July 2013)


Year Video Game Role Notes
2018 Forza Horizon 4 Alex Strachan


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