Actor Stephen Walters is best known for portraying Angus Mhor in the hit series Outlander, but he’s now taken on a very different role for Channel 5.

Outlander star Stephen Walters is barely recognisable in a new TV thriller that premiered on Channel 5 over the weekend.

Starting Sunday night, The Night Caller follows down-on-his-luck cab driver Tony (played by Robert Glenister) who develops an attachment to light-night radio presenter Lawrence (Sean Pertwee).

Tony strikes up the courage to ring Lawrence during one of his broadcasts and becomes a “friend of the show”, but his connection soon becomes an unhealthy obsession.

Stephen portrays Tony’s colleague, Rob, a fellow cabbie.

While fans of the Starz drama know Stephen as Angus Mhor, he looks very different in the new thriller.

In Outlander, Stephen regularly sports long hair and a full beard, complete with a traditional tam o’ shanter hat to complete his look as a Highland warrior.

However, in The Night Caller, the actor has gone for a much more stripped-down approach, opting for a short, smart haircut.

Although he’s kept some facial hair for this part, his beard has been completely shaved off, leaving just a thick moustache behind.

Speaking about his role to Channel 5, Stephen explained: “Rob is an ex-military man, he served in Afghanistan and now works as a taxi driver, which is how he knows Tony.

“We find out that Rob is a drug addict and possibly suffers from mental health issues too.”

Episodes are dropping each night until the four-part drama concludes on Wednesday, July 10.

Viewers will discover more about Rob’s history with Tony while The Night Caller explores themes of loneliness and depression.

Stephen candidly touched on a personal connection to the themes of the series, explaining: “Sadly, a friend of mine took his own life recently and I had no idea he was suffering or had mental health issues.

“He didn’t seem lonely to me, but he was. So it’s important the way this drama explores those areas – the fragility of the human mindset and loneliness.

“Being lonely shouldn’t be taboo and should be spoken about, I think it’s getting better, but we still need to raise awareness of it, it shouldn’t be anything to be embarrassed or ashamed about.”


By Ivaylo Angelov

Ivaylo Angelov born in Bulgaria, Varna graduated School Geo Milev is Tvserieswelove's Soaps Editor and oversees all of the section's news, features, spoilers and interviews.