Sam Heughan

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Sam Heughan
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Heughan at the Outlander premiere in New York in August 2014
Born (1980-04-30) 30 April 1980 (age 34)
New Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present

Sam Heughan (born 30 April 1980) is a Scottish actor. He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Performer in 2003 for his performance in the play Outlying Islands, performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs.

Life and career[edit]

Heughan was born in New Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, on 30 April 1980. He studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) in Glasgow. In 2009, Heughan landed a recurring role as Scott Nielson, the boyfriend of Nurse Cherry Malone and secret drug dealer in the BBC soap opera Doctors.[1] In 2011, he played Prince Ashton in the Hallmark Channel film A Princess for Christmas.[2]

In 2011 and 2012, he starred as Batman in the touring stage show Batman Live.[2] During this time he made the news for his assistance in a real-life citizen's arrest.[3]

In 2013, Heughan was cast as Jamie Fraser on the Starz period drama series Outlander.[2] He was the first cast member officially announced, to great praise by the author of the series, Diana Gabaldon, who said, "Oh. My. God. That man is a Scot to the bone and Jamie Fraser to the heart. Having seen Sam Heughan not just act, but be Jamie, I feel immensely grateful to the production team for their painstaking attention to the soul of the story and characters."[4]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Small Moments N/A Short film
2007 Very British Sex Scandal, AA Very British Sex Scandal Edward McNally Television film
2009 Breaking the Mould: The Story of Penicillin Dr Charles Fletcher Television film
2010 First Light Geoffrey 'Boy' Wellum Television film
2010 Young Alexander the Great Alexander
2011 Princess for Christmas, AA Princess for Christmas Prince Ashton of Castlebury Television film
2013 Emulsion Ronny Maze
2014 Heart of Lightness Lyngstrand
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Island at War Philip Dorr Miniseries; 5 episodes
2005 River City Lee McGowan 3 episodes
2006 Wild West, TheThe Wild West John Tunstall Miniseries; episode: "Billy the Kid"
2007 Midsomer Murders Ian King Episode: "King's Crystal"
2007 Party Animals Adrian Chapple 2 episodes
2007 Rebus Peter Carr Episode: "Knots and Crosses"
2009 Doctors Scott Nielson 21 episodes
2010 Any Human Heart Lieutenant McStay Episode 2
2014–present Outlander Jamie Fraser Main cast


Year Title Role Theatre Notes
2002 Outlying Islands John Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London Nominated – Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Performer
2005 Knives in Hens[1][5] Pony William TAG Theatre Company, Glasgow
2007 Vortex, TheThe Vortex[6] Tom Veryan Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
2007 Hamlet[6] Guildenstern, Fortinbras Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
2007 Pearlfisher, TheThe Pearlfisher[6] Roderick, Eddie the Gaffer Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
2008 Romeo and Juliet[6] Paris Dundee Repertory Theatre
2008 Macbeth[6] Malcolm, murderer Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
2009 Plague Over England[6] Gregory Duchess Theatre, West End
2011–12 Batman Live[6] Batman Touring show
2012 King John King John Oran Mor theatre


  1. ^ a b "Sam Heughan infosite". Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "Sam Heughan Cast as Jamie Fraser in Starz and Sony's Outlander". 9 July 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Batman Live star Sam Heughan becomes real life superhero as he helps catch alleged thief". Daily Record. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Munn, Patrick (9 July 2013). "Sam Heughan Cast As Lead In Starz's Drama Series 'Outlander'". TVWise. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Knives in Hens - 2005 Tour". Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Sam Heughan". London Theatre Database. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 

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