Second in command of Erebus and third in command of the expedition, James Fitzjames is a rising star in the British Royal Navy. He has secured John Franklin's confidence in spite of his never having sailed in the polar regions before, and develops an enmity toward Crozier. Fitzjames perceives Crozier as a joyless alcoholic bore, but he secretly knows that Crozier sees through his self-aggrandizing bluster. And Crozier is not wrong: When the expedition finds itself in desperate straits, the confident mask Fitzjames presents to the world begins to slip, revealing a man with crippling secrets.
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Tobias Menzies is best known to international audiences for playing dual roles in Starz’ Golden Globe-nominated series Outlander, which is adapted from author Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling books. For his performance as “Frank Randall/Captain Black Jack Randall,” Menzies earned a Golden Globe nomination.
In January 2017, Menzies starred opposite Kate Beckinsale as the villain, “Marius,” in Sony’s franchise thriller Underworld: Blood Wars. Currently, Menzies is in production on the gothic feature Carmilla. Inspired by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 novel of the same name, which is considered to be one of the earliest works of vampire fiction, Carmilla is a dark coming-of-age love story set in the 1780s.
In 2016, Menzies was seen alongside Olivia Colman, Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston in the Emmy Award-nominated AMC/BBC miniseries The Night Manager. Furthermore, he has a recurring role as “Edmure Tully” on HBO’s Emmy Award-winning drama series Game of Thrones and as “Dr. Harries” on the critically acclaimed Amazon comedy series Catastrophe.
Other notable film and television credits include The Honourable Woman, Casino Royale, Atonement, Hysteria, Black Sea, Anton Chekhov’s The Duel, Finding Neverland, Rome, The Shadow Line, Black Mirror, Doctor Who and The Thick of It.
Menzies’ extensive theater work includes starring roles in The Recruiting Officer at London’s Donmar Warehouse and The History Boys at the Royal National Theatre, respectively. Most recently, he portrayed “Astrov” in Uncle Vanya at London’s Almeida Theatre in Robert Icke’s production of Chekhov’s classic play. Additionally, he portrayed “Edgar” opposite Pete Postlethwaite in King Lear, starred as Keira Knightley’s fiancé in The Children’s Hour, and starred in the Rupert Goold production of Hamlet.