Claire Fraser (character)

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Claire Fraser
Outlander character
Claire Fraser (Outlander TV).jpg
Caitriona Balfe as Claire Fraser
First appearanceNovel:
Outlander (1991)
Television:
Outlander
"Sassenach" (2014)
Created byDiana Gabaldon
Portrayed byCaitriona Balfe
In-universe information
Full nameClaire Elizabeth Beauchamp Randall/Fraser/Grey
TitleLady Broch Tuarach
Spouse
Relatives
  • Julia Beauchamp (mother)
  • Henry Beauchamp (father)
  • Faith Fraser (daughter; stillborn)
  • Brianna Randall (daughter)
  • Fergus Fraser (adopted son)
  • Quentin Beauchamp (uncle)
NationalityBritish

Claire Beauchamp (who adopts the surnames Randall, Fraser, and Grey at various times) is a fictional character in the Outlander series of multi-genre novels by American author Diana Gabaldon, and its television adaptation. In the series, Claire is a married World War II nurse visiting Scotland who finds herself transported from 1945 back to 1743. There she finds adventure, war and romance with the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser. Smart, stubborn and willful, Claire uses her wits, practical medical skills and knowledge of the future to survive in the 18th century.

Claire is portrayed by Irish actress Caitriona Balfe in the Starz television series Outlander. Balfe won a Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television in 2015 and 2016, and a People's Choice Award for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress in 2016. She also received nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Character[edit]

When visiting Scotland, married World War II nurse Claire Randall is transported through time from 1945 back to 1743. There she finds adventure, war and romance with the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser.[1][2]

Gabaldon originally intended Outlander to be straight historical fiction, but after a few days of writing Claire she realized that the character did not behave like an 18th century woman. Gabaldon eventually leaned into the modern approach to Claire, which prompted the introduction of time travel.[3]

Outlander novels[edit]

Television series[edit]

Claire is portrayed by Irish actress Caitriona Balfe in the Starz television series Outlander.[2]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Balfe won a Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television in 2015[4] and 2016,[5] and a People's Choice Award for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress in 2016.[6] She also received nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reese, Jennifer (November 27, 2007). "Book Review: Lord John and the Hand of Devils (2007)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Ng, Philiana (May 8, 2014). "Starz's Outlander Gets First Poster, Premiere Date". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  3. ^ Deluca, Ashleigh N. (August 10, 2014). "Fictional Outlander Series Has Real Links to Scotland's Newly Unearthed Neolithic Ruins". National Geographic. Retrieved June 25, 2020.
  4. ^ Ksiazek, Sarah (June 26, 2015). "Outlander's Caitriona Balfe Won a Saturn Award!". Outlander TV News. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  5. ^ Cohen, David S. (June 23, 2016). "The Force Awakens Rings Up Eight Saturn Awards". Variety. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  6. ^ "2016 People's Choice Awards: Nominees & Winners". People's Choice. Archived from the original on April 12, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "Caitriona Balfe". Golden Globe Awards. Retrieved June 26, 2020.