Den of Geek had the chance to chat with Ed Speleers, who plays Bonnet, about joining the show and bringing the character to life.read more: Everything You Need to Know About Outlander Season 5 "I’ve not had the chance to do an out-and-out villain, so I think that was a huge draw for me," Speleers, who is best known stateside for his work as James Kent in "It’s not as simple as he’s just a bad guy," said Speleers of Bonnet.It's very interesting how the character is written and also how Ed plays the character as well.He obviously affects each of the characters' storylines quite severely, but, yeah, he's just a good villain really. He's a really charming psychopath." Speleers knew of before taking on the role—"It’s very difficult, you may find this yourself, to keep up with all of the shows that are out there.Ed was born under the official name Speleers, Edward John on April 7th, 1988.Known to his close friends as Ed, he has been a credited actor since the 2006 film Eragon."As an actor, you allow yourself to play and pinpoint some extra bits that may or may not be there," said Speleers. For Speleers, the research was unsettling, as he focused on the history of British rule in Ireland in particular."I think that was what I found so fascinating about watching [Seasons] 1 and 2 and 3 before taking on this role, was what was going on in Scotland during this period that I didn’t know anything about," said Speleers, referencing the cycles of imperialism and impression that come up again and again in history and in 's representation of it.
"Black Jack, we never really saw an insight into why he was the way he was.
He was just sort of evil through and through, whereas, with Stephen Bonnet, he is a seemingly charming man who actually has this exceedingly dark side to him and I think it makes for a far more complex villain." "It's a fresh take on the character playing the bad guy," said Rankin.
"He is quite charming because he is quite disarming.
He cited the quality in both production value and writing.
Speleers also delved into the Diana Gabaldon-written source material to find out more about his character.