Sam Heughan

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Sam Heughan
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 who studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) in Glasgow.

He was nominated for a 2003 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer of 2002 for his performance in Outlying Islands performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Heughan was born in New Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, on 30 April 1980.


In 2009, he landed the role as semi-regular Scott Nielson the boyfriend of Nurse Cherry Malone and secret drug dealer in the BBC soap opera, Doctors.[2] In 2011, he played Prince Ashton in A Princess for Christmas.[3]

In 2011-12, he starred as Batman in Batman Live.[3] During this time he made the news for his assistance in a real-life citizen's arrest.[4]

In 2013, Heughan was cast to play Jamie Fraser in Outlander on Starz.[3] 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."[5]

List of credits[edit]


Year Title Role Theatre Notes
2002 Outlying Islands[1][2] John Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London nominated for a 2003 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award

(Most Promising Newcomer of 2002)

2005 Knives in Hens[2][6] Pony William TAG Theatre Company, Glasgow
2007 The Vortex[7] Tom Veryan Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Hamlet[7] Guildenstern, Fortinbras Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
The Pearlfisher[7] Roderick, Eddie the Gaffer Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
2008 Romeo and Juliet[7] Paris Dundee Repertory Theatre
Macbeth[7] Malcolm, murderer Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
2009 Plague Over England[7] Gregory Duchess Theatre, West End
2011-2012 Batman Live[7] Batman Touring Show
2012 King John King John Oran Mor theatre


Year Film Role Network Notes
2004 Island at War Philip Dorr ITV Episodes 2 "Living with the Enemy"
2005 River City Lee McGowan BBC Scotland 3 episodes, aired 13th, 18, 23 December 2005
2007 Party Animals Adrian Chapple BBC Episodes 7, 8
A Very British Sex Scandal Edward McNally Channel 4
The Wild West John Tunstall BBC Episodes 2 "Billy the Kid"
Midsomer Murders Ian King ITV Series 10 Episodes 3 "King's Crystal"
Rebus Peter Carr ITV Series 4 Episodes 4 "Knots and Crosses"
2009 Breaking the Mould: The Story of Penicillin Dr Charles Fletcher BBC
Doctors Scott Nielson BBC Birmingham Former Regular Character
2010 First Light[8] Geoffrey Wellum BBC
Lieutenant McStay Any Human Heart Carnival Film and TV Ltd Episode 1.2
2014 Outlander Jamie Fraser Starz


Year Film Role Notes
2001 Small Moments 9 min short, Jeremy Raison
2007 Young Alexander the Great Alexander
2010 Emulsion Ronnie Hot Lemonade Films
2011 A Princess for Christmas Ashton Prince of Castlebury
2013 Heart of Lightness


  1. ^ a b "IMDb profile". Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "Sam Heughan infosite". Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c "Sam Heughan Cast as Jamie Fraser in Starz and Sony's Outlander". 9 July 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Batman Live star Sam Heughan becomes real life superhero as he helps catch alleged thief". Daily Record. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Munn, Patrick (9 July 2013). "Sam Heughan Cast As Lead In Starz's Drama Series 'Outlander'". TVWise. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Knives in Hens - 2005 Tour". Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Sam Heughan's profile at London Theatre Database". Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  8. ^ Smith, Mark (13 September 2010). "First Light joins the squadron of Battle of Britain films". The Herald Scotland. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 

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