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Highlander The Series


Singers who acted on Highlander The series:
  • Roger Daltrey (Hugh Fitzcairn) - lead singer of The Who
  • Roland Gift (Xavier St. Cloud) - lead singer of the Fine Young Cannibals
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater (Carolyn in The Beast Below) - jazz singer
  • Martin Kemp (Alfred Cahill in Avenging Angel) - Spandau Ballet
  • Sheena Easton (Annie Devlin in An Eye For an Eye)
  • Joan Jett (Felicia Martins in Free Fall) - singer
  • Vanity/Denise Katrina Smith (Rebecca Lord in Revenge is Sweet) - singer, worked with Prince, born-again Christian, left the show business.
  • Marcus Testory (Caspian in Revelation 6:8) - lead singer of M.E.L.T. (It stands for Mother/Earth/Love/Truth). The song featured during the Quickening on episode The Modern Prometheus was composed and performed by Testory and his band.
  • Sandra Bernhard (Carolyn Marsh in Dramatic License)  - singer, actress, humorist, writer

Some actors played two or more different roles:

Nicholas Lea (X-Files' Alex Krycek)

  • Money No Object (Cory Raines)
  • The Fighter (Rodney Lange)
Jeremy Brudenell
  • The Vampire (Ward)
  • Till Death (Robert de Valicourt)
Anthony De Longis
  • Blackmail (Lyman Kurlow)
  • Duende (Otavio Consone)
Robert Ito
  • Revenge of the Sword (Johnny Leong)
  • The Samurai (Hideo Koto)
Dustin Nguyen (21 Jump Street's Ioki)
  • The Road Not Taken (Chu Lin)
  • Revenge of the Sword (Jimmy Sang)
Lisa Butler
  • Reunion (Kenny's mother)
  • The Colonel (Melissa)
  • Haunted (Genevieve Hill)
  • Not To Be (Jillian O'Hara)
Cameron Bancroft (Code Name: Eternity's Ethaniel)
  • The Watchers (Robert)
  • Obsession (David Keogh)
Callum Keith Rennie
  • An Eye For An Eye (Neal)
  • The Innocent (Tyler King)
Gerard Plunkett
  • Homeland (James Bailey)
  • Prophecy (Roland Kantos)
Eric Keenleyside
  • The Lamb (Dallman Ross)
  • Manhunt (Trey Franks)
Peter Diamond
  • Highlander (Aman Fasil)
  • Band of Brothers (brigand)
F. Braun McAsh (Highlander The Series' Sword Master)
  • Blind Faith (derelict)
  • Through A Glass Darkly (innkeeper)
  • The Modern Prometheus (Hans Kershner)
Emile Abossolo M'bo
  • Legacy (Luther)
  • Patient Number 7 (Jocko)
Doug Abrahams
  • Mountain Men  (Benson's Deputy)
  • Bless The Child(Luke Hoskins)
Mark Acheson
  • Run For Your Life (Billy Ray)
  • Courage (Zoltan Laszlo)
Philip Agael
  • For Tomorrow We Die (medical examiner)
  • Unholy Alliance I (Anton Legris)
Luise Vincent
  • Legacy (Alice Millet)
  • The Immortal Cimoli (Lina Cimoli)

Do you know them?

Eric McCormack (Will & Grace's Will)

  • Manhunt (Matthew McCormick)
Peta Wilson (La Femme Nikita's Nikita)
  • Promise (Inspector)
Meilani Paul (Adrian Paul's ex-wife)
  • Counterfeit part I (Lisa Halle)
Peter DeLuise (21 Jump Street's Doug Penhall)
  • Family Tree (Clinch)
Tracy Lords (former porn star)
  • The Darkness (Greta)
Dougray Scott (movies Mission: Impossible 2, Enigma etc)
  • Through A Glass Darkly (Warren Cochrane)
Mario Azzopardi (Highlander The Series' Director)
  • Double Eagle (the Count)
Alexis Denisof (Angel's Wesley Wyndham Pryce)
  • Diplomatic Immunity (Steve Banner)
Justina Vail (Seven Days' Dr. Olga Vukavitch)
  • Justice (Katya)
Sandra Hess (Pensacola's Lt. Alexandra "Ice" Jensen)
  • Deadly Exposure  (Reagan Cole)
Anthony Stewart Head (Buffy, The Vampire Slayer's Rupert Giles)
  • Nowhere to Run (Allan Rothwood)
Geraint Wyn Davies (Forever Knight's Nick Knight/Nicholas de Brabant)
  • Turnabout (Michael Moore/Quenten Barnes)
Don S. Davis (Stargate SG-1's Gen. George Hammond)
  • The Return of Amanda (Palance)
Michael G. Shanks (Daniel Jackson em Stargate SG-1)
  • The Zone (Jesse Collins)

Thank you Mica M.,  Marcelo and Alessandro G. for pointing out some actors and their respectives series.

Lord Byron's poetry

English poet Lord Byron is the main character of The Modern Prometheus. Some Byron's works can be appreciated in this episode:


Duncan and Methos recite some verses, while walking in the street, after leaving Byron's apartment. First publication in 1815.

She walks in beauty, like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!


"Lord Byron" reads to his friends (Methos/Dr. Adams, Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley and Claire) some verses of this huge poem and, afterwards, throws down the book, saying "It’s all drivel!".

...Though to the last, in verge of our decay,
Some phantom lures, such as we sought at first -
But all too late, - so are we doubly curst.
Life, fame, ambition, avarice - 'tis the same,
Each idle, and all ill, and none the worst -
For all are meteors with a different name.
And Death the sable smoke where vanishes the flame.

At the end, we hear:

My task is done - my song hath ceased -
my theme has died into an echo; it is fit

The entire poem is here: Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

William Shakespeare (1564–1616)'s Work



In the flashback on episode Timeless, Duncan is in Walter Graham's traveling Shakespeare troupe (Rural England, 1663) and the guys stage this play — Walter as Petruchio and Duncan as... Kate. The scene featured on Highlander The Series (whose lines Duncan "Kate" MacLeod wants to change):

PETRUCHIO: Grumio, my horse.

GRUMIO: Ay, Sir, they be ready; the oats have eaten the horses.

PETRUCHIO: O Kate, content thee; prithee, be not angry.

KATE: I will be angry: what hast thou to do?
Father, be quiet; he shall stay my leisure.

In 1967, The Taming of the Shrew was filmed, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

The entire play is here: The Taming of the Shrew

Walter Graham reads to Duncan part of it:

To me fair friend you never can be old,
For as you were when first your eye I eyed,
Such seems your beauty still: three winters cold,
Have from the forests shook three summers' pride,

Three beauteous springs to yellow autumn turned,
In process of the seasons have I seen,
Three April perfumes in three hot Junes burned,
Since first I saw you fresh which yet are green.

Ah yet doth beauty like a dial hand,
Steal from his figure, and no pace perceived,
So your sweet hue, which methinks still doth stand
Hath motion, and mine eye may be deceived.

For fear of which, hear this thou age unbred,
Ere you were born was beauty's summer dead.

You will find all Sonnets here: Sonnets of William Shakespeare


Duncan, being from Scotland, spoke in his youth (both mortal and immortal) gaelic and, as it was very common at the time, couldn't read. He learned English just in 1653 (he was 66 years old then), by reading Shakespeare's play Macbeth (episode Song of the Executioner), while spending time at the monastery founded by Immortal Paul. The play (written in 1606) tells the story of Macbeth, King of Scotland. Duncan reads out loud:

Act V, Scene v

She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.—
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow; a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Act IV, Scene i

A dark Cave. In the middle, a Caldron Boiling.

[Thunder. Enter the three Witches.]

Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd.

Thrice; and once the hedge-pig whin'd.

Harpier cries:—"tis time, 'tis time.

Round about the caldron go;
In the poison'd entrails throw.—
Toad, that under cold stone,
Days and nights has thirty-one
Swelter'd venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i' the charmed pot!

Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire, burn; and caldron, bubble.

Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and howlet's wing,—
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire, burn; and caldron, bubble.

Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witch's mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg'd i' the dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Sliver'd in the moon's eclipse,
Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips,
Finger of birth-strangl'd babe
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,—
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
For the ingredients of our caldron.

Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire, burn; and caldron, bubble.

Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

Read the entire play here

Mary Shelley's Novel


On The Modern Prometheus Lord Byron reads to Duncan and Methos some lines of the greatest work of English writer Mary Shelley. The Creature (who has no name, "Frankenstein" is the name of his creator) says:

Light, feeling, and sense will pass away; and in this condition must I find my happiness.