Actor Scott Kyle – who appeared in time travel TV show Outlander – has joined the judging panel for the 21st World Championship Scotch Pie Awards.

Kyle portrayed a soldier in the 1745 Jacobite Rising in the show. He also has a string of other screen and stage credits, and received the 2010 Stage Awards Best Actor Award for his role in the play Singin’ I’m No A Billy He’s A Tim.

Kyle is taking on the role of guest judge in his capacity as columnist for online magazine and will be sharing his experiences of judging.

“I grew up loving Scotch Pies and they have become such an iconic product around the world, so to be a judge at the World Championship Scotch Pie Awards and to be helping to select the pie that will be awarded the ultimate pie prize is amazing,” said Kyle. “I am really looking forward to the day.”

The awards will judge pies across 11 categories including Football Pies & Savouries, Macaroni Pie, Steak Pie, Sausage Roll, Cold Savoury, Hot Savoury, Vegetarian Savoury, Haggis Savoury, Bridie and Apple Pie, with the ultimate accolade going to the best Scotch Pie in the world.

The winner will be announced at a luncheon on 14 January 2020 at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld.