Iona MacTavish
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Make room, Claire Beauchamp: Another modern-day lass will find herself transported back to 18th-century Scotland during this week’s episode of Outlander. That lass? She’s none other than Diana Gabaldon, whose eight-part book series serves as the basis for Starz’s new drama.

Gabaldon, who will make a cameo as Iona MacTavish in an episode called “The Gathering,” filmed her scene back in February. She also chronicled the experience in a two-part post on her website. And, yes, she does have a speaking role.

“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 explained. “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.”

Check out Gabaldon’s acting chops when Outlander‘s fourth episode airs Aug. 30 at 9 p.m. on Starz.

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