Heughan in 2014
Sam Roland Heughan
30 April 1980
|Alma mater||Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama|
Sam Roland Heughan (/ˈhjuːən/; born 30 April 1980) is a Scottish actor, best known for his acclaimed role as Jamie Fraser in the Starz series Outlander, for which he has received four nominations for the Saturn Awards, and a nomination for the Critics Choice Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. 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. He also starred in the 2018 action-comedy film The Spy Who Dumped Me.
Education and early life
Heughan was born on 30 April 1980 in Balmaclellan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. 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 Kenmure Castle. 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. 
While he was still a student, Heughan appeared in Outlying Islands, a play by Scottish playwright David Grieg. The play premiered in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the Traverse Theatre. It then moved to the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, in London. Heughan was eventually nominated for a Laurence Oliver Award for Most Promising Performer for his performance.
In 2004, he appeared in the miniseries Island at War, a WWII drama about the German occupation of the Channel Islands. The following year, he appeared in several episodes of the Scottish soap opera River City. Over the next few years, Heughan appeared in a number of made for TV movies, including A Very British Sex Scandal (2007) and Breaking the Mould (2009). He also made appearances in a number of television series, including Midsomer Murders, Rebus, and Party Animals.
In 2011, he played Prince Ashton in the Hallmark Channel film A Princess for Christmas. That same year, he starred in BBC drama First Light based on Geoffrey Welland's WWII memoir of the same name.
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."
In 2014, Heughan appeared in several independent films such as the mystery-thriller Emulsion and the comedy Heart of Lightness, in which Heughan appeared with two of his future Outlander co-stars; Laura Donnelly, who plays Jamie's sister, Jenny Murray, and Rosie Day, who played Mary Hawkins in the second season.
Outlander premiered in 2014, and was an immediate hit, with strong ratings and a positive critical response. It was renewed for a second season, which aired in April 2016, and on 1 June 2016 it was announced that Starz would renew it for a third and fourth season. The third season premiered to strong ratings in September 2017, and in May 2018 the network once again renewed the series for a fifth and sixth season.
In 2018, The Spy Who Dumped Me, a comedy that Heughan filmed during an Outlander hiatus, was released. It was also announced that he would play a role in Bloodshot, an adaptation of the best selling comic book in the Valiant universe.
Charity and politics
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 2015, Heughan started his own charitable foundation My Peak Challenge, which allows participants a sense of community and support as they work toward personal goals, while at the same time raising money for charity.
|2001||Small Moments||N/A||Short film|
|2010||Young Alexander the Great||Alexander|
|2011||A Princess for Christmas||Ashton Prince of Castlebury|
|2014||Heart of Lightness||Lyngstrand|
|2016||When the Starlight Ends||Jacob|
|2018||The Spy Who Dumped Me||Sebastian Henshaw|
|2020||Bloodshot||Corporal Harlan 'So Long' Shifflet||Post-production|
|TBA||SAS: Red Notice||Tom Buckingham||Filming|
|2004||Island at War||Philip Dorr||Miniseries; 5 episodes|
|2005||River City||Andrew Murray||3 episodes|
|2006||The 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||A Very British Sex Scandal||Edward McNally||Television film|
|2007||Rebus||Peter Carr||Episode: "Knots and Crosses"|
|2009||Breaking the Mould: The Story of Penicillin||Dr Charles Fletcher||Television film|
|2009||Doctors||Scott Nielson||21 episodes|
|2010||First Light||Geoffrey 'Boy' Wellum||Television film|
|2010||Any Human Heart||Lieutenant McStay||Episode 2|
|2011||A Princess for Christmas||Prince Ashton of Castlebury||Television film|
|2014–present||Outlander||Jamie Fraser||Male lead|
|2002||Outlying Islands||John||Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London|
|2005||Knives in Hens||Pony William||TAG Theatre Company, Glasgow|
|2007||The Vortex||Tom Veryan||Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester|
|2007||Hamlet||Guildenstern, Fortinbras||Citizens Theatre, Glasgow|
|2007||The Pearlfisher||Roderick, Eddie the Gaffer||Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh|
|2008||Romeo and Juliet||Paris||Dundee Repertory Theatre|
|2008||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|
|2018||Lego DC Super-Villains||Mirror Master (voice)|
Awards and nominations
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|2003||Outlying Islands||Laurence Olivier Awards||Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Performer||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||Nominated|
|2018||Saturn Awards||Best Actor on a Television Series||Nominated|
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- Outlander star Sam Heughan wants YOU to reach peak fitness for charity in 2015, dailyrecord.co.uk, 3 December 2016
- "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
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- "Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe Discuss 'Outlander'". ShowbizJunkies. 30 July 2014.