Heughan at the Outlander premiere episode screening at 92nd Street Y in New York, 2014
|Born||Sam Roland Heughan
30 April 1980 (age 37)
Balmaclellan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
|Alma mater||Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama|
Sam Heughan (born 30 April 1980) is a Scottish actor, best known for his role as Jamie Fraser in the Starz hit series Outlander, for which he received two nominations for the Saturn Awards. 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
Heughan was born in Balmaclellan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, on 30 April 1980. At the age of five, he moved to nearby New Galloway where he attended Kells Primary School. During this time, he lived in converted stables in the grounds of Castle Kenmure. Moving to Edinburgh aged 12, he attended James Gillespie's High School for a year and then moved to the Edinburgh Rudolph Steiner School till the end of the sixth year. He subsequently spent two years working and travelling, before enrolling at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) in Glasgow, graduating in 2003.
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. In 2011, he played Prince Ashton in the Hallmark Channel film A Princess for Christmas.
In 2011, he starred in BBC drama First Light and, in 2012, he starred as Batman in the touring stage show Batman Live. During this time he made the news for his assistance in a real-life citizen's arrest.
In 2013, Heughan was cast as Jamie Fraser on the Starz period drama series Outlander. He was the first cast member officially announced, to great praise by the author of the series, Diana Gabaldon, who said, "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."
Heughan attributed much of his early success to his participation in youth theatre and, in August 2014, became a patron for YTAS (Youth Theatre Arts Scotland). He supports the charitable organisation's mission, 'to transform lives through youth theatre by providing inspiring participatory opportunities for young people in Scotland.'
In 2016, Heughan was named Barbour's first Global Brand Ambassador. In September of that year he took part in the Great North Run to raise funds for Bloodwise that he supported since 2011, and became president of Scotland Bloodwise. Since 2015, he has also his own charitable foundation My Peak Challenge.
|2001||Small Moments||N/A||Short film|
|2010||Young Alexander the Great||Alexander|
|2014||Heart of Lightness||Lyngstrand|
|2016||When the Starlight Ends||Jacob|
|2018||The Spy Who Dumped Me||Boyfriend Spy|
|2004||Island at War||Philip Dorr||Miniseries; 5 episodes|
|2005||River City||Andrew Murray||3 episodes|
|2006||Wild West, TheThe Wild West||John Tunstall||Miniseries; episode: "Billy the Kid"|
|2007||Midsomer Murders||Ian King||Episode: "King's Crystal"|
|Party Animals||Adrian Chapple||2 episodes|
|Rebus||Peter Carr||Episode: "Knots and Crosses"|
|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|
|Doctors||Scott Nielson||21 episodes|
|2010||First Light||Geoffrey 'Boy' Wellum||Television film|
|Any Human Heart||Lieutenant McStay||Episode 2|
|2011||Princess for Christmas, AA Princess for Christmas||Prince Ashton of Castlebury||Television film|
|2014–present||Outlander||Jamie Fraser||Main cast|
|2002||Outlying Islands||John||Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London||Nominated – Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Performer|
|2005||Knives in Hens||Pony William||TAG Theatre Company, Glasgow|
|2007||Vortex, TheThe Vortex||Tom Veryan||Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester|
|Hamlet||Guildenstern, Fortinbras||Citizens Theatre, Glasgow|
|Pearlfisher, TheThe Pearlfisher||Roderick, Eddie the Gaffer||Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh|
|2008||Romeo and Juliet||Paris||Dundee Repertory Theatre|
|Macbeth||Malcolm, murderer||Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh|
|2009||Plague Over England||Gregory||Duchess Theatre, West End|
|2011–12||Batman Live||Batman||Touring show|
|2012||King John||King John||Oran Mor theatre|
Awards and nominations
|2003||Outlying Islands||Laurence Olivier Awards||Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Performer||Nominated|
|2011||A Princess for Christmas||MovieGuide Awards||Most Inspirational Television Acting||Nominated|
|2014||Outlander||TV Guide Awards||Favourite Duo (shared with Caitriona Balfe)||Won|
|2015||The Anglophile Channel Awards||Favorite British Artist of the Year||Won|
|Best Actor in a Television Series||Won|
|Saturn Awards||Best Supporting Actor on Television||Nominated |
|EWwy Awards||Best Actor in a Drama Series||Won|
|Gold Derby TV Awards||Drama Lead Actor||Won|
|2016||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor||Nominated|
|The Anglophile Channel Awards||Favorite British Artist of the Year||Won|
|Best Actor in a Television Series||Won|
|Saturn Awards||Best Actor on Television||Nominated|
|BAFTA Scotland||Best Actor Television||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2017||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor||Won|
|Saturn Awards||Best Actor on a Television Series||Pending|
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- "Outlander’s Sam Heughan on Actor’s Nomadism, Scotland, and His Travel Bucket List". travelandleisure.com. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
- "Sam Heughan: In the Limelight". rcs.ac.uk. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
- "Sam Heughan infosite". Archived from the original on 8 August 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2009.
- "Sam Heughan Cast as Jamie Fraser in Starz and Sony's Outlander". ComingSoon.net. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
- "Batman Live star Sam Heughan becomes real life superhero as he helps catch alleged thief". Daily Record. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
- Munn, Patrick (9 July 2013). "Sam Heughan Cast As Lead In Starz's Drama Series 'Outlander'". TVWise. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
- "What we do - Youth Theatre Arts Scotland". Youth Theatre Arts Scotland. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
- "Introducing Sam Heughan - Barbour’s First Global Brand Ambassador". Barbour. Retrieved 2016-07-13.
- "Great North Run". Retrieved 11 September 2016.
- Sam Heughan and Bloodwise, bloodwise.org.uk, 3 December 2016
- Scottish actor Sam Heughan becomes Scotland President for Bloodwise, bloodwise.org.uk, 17 November 2016
- Outlander star Sam Heughan wants YOU to reach peak fitness for charity in 2015, dailyrecord.co.uk, 3 December 2016
- "Sam Heughan". Retrieved 2016-08-23.
- "Knives in Hens - 2005 Tour". Archived from the original on 5 September 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2009.
- "Sam Heughan". London Theatre Database. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- Kelley, Seth (March 3, 2015). "Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
- Bryant, Jacob (February 24, 2016). "Star Wars, Mad Max, Walking Dead Lead Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sam Heughan.|
- Sam Heughan on Internet Movie Database
- "Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe Discuss 'Outlander'". ShowbizJunkies. 30 July 2014.