Sam Heughan

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Sam Heughan
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Heughan at the Outlander premiere episode screening at 92nd Street Y in New York, 2014
Born Sam Roland Heughan
30 April 1980 (1980-04-30) (age 37)
Balmaclellan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Alma mater Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present

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[edit]

Heughan at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International to promote Outlander

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.[1] Moving to Edinburgh aged 12,[2] 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,[1] before enrolling at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) in Glasgow, graduating in 2003.[3]

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.[4] In 2011, he played Prince Ashton in the Hallmark Channel film A Princess for Christmas.[5]

In 2011, he starred in BBC drama First Light and, in 2012, he starred as Batman in the touring stage show Batman Live.[5] During this time he made the news for his assistance in a real-life citizen's arrest.[6]

In 2013, Heughan was cast as Jamie Fraser on the Starz period drama series Outlander.[5] 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."[7]

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.'[8]

In 2016, Heughan was named Barbour's first Global Brand Ambassador.[9] In September of that year he took part in the Great North Run to raise funds for Bloodwise that he supported since 2011,[10][11] and became president of Scotland Bloodwise.[12] Since 2015, he has also his own charitable foundation My Peak Challenge.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Heughan is fan of science fiction like Alien and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.[14]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Small Moments N/A Short film
2010 Young Alexander the Great Alexander
2013 Emulsion Ronny Maze
2014 Heart of Lightness Lyngstrand
2016 When the Starlight Ends Jacob
2018 The Spy Who Dumped Me Boyfriend Spy

Year Title Role Notes
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


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[4][15] Pony William TAG Theatre Company, Glasgow
2007 Vortex, TheThe Vortex[16] Tom Veryan Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Hamlet[16] Guildenstern, Fortinbras Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Pearlfisher, TheThe Pearlfisher[16] Roderick, Eddie the Gaffer Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
2008 Romeo and Juliet[16] Paris Dundee Repertory Theatre
Macbeth[16] Malcolm, murderer Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
2009 Plague Over England[16] Gregory Duchess Theatre, West End
2011–12 Batman Live[16] Batman Touring show
2012 King John King John Oran Mor theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Category Result
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 [17]
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[18]
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


  1. ^ a b "‘Outlander’ star loses himself in highlander character". 4 August 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Outlander’s Sam Heughan on Actor’s Nomadism, Scotland, and His Travel Bucket List". Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Sam Heughan: In the Limelight". Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Sam Heughan infosite". Archived from the original on 8 August 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c "Sam Heughan Cast as Jamie Fraser in Starz and Sony's Outlander". 9 July 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Batman Live star Sam Heughan becomes real life superhero as he helps catch alleged thief". Daily Record. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Munn, Patrick (9 July 2013). "Sam Heughan Cast As Lead In Starz's Drama Series 'Outlander'". TVWise. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "What we do - Youth Theatre Arts Scotland". Youth Theatre Arts Scotland. Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  9. ^ "Introducing Sam Heughan - Barbour’s First Global Brand Ambassador". Barbour. Retrieved 2016-07-13. 
  10. ^ "Great North Run". Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  11. ^ Sam Heughan and Bloodwise,, 3 December 2016
  12. ^ Scottish actor Sam Heughan becomes Scotland President for Bloodwise,, 17 November 2016
  13. ^ Outlander star Sam Heughan wants YOU to reach peak fitness for charity in 2015,, 3 December 2016
  14. ^ "Sam Heughan". Retrieved 2016-08-23. 
  15. ^ "Knives in Hens - 2005 Tour". Archived from the original on 5 September 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g "Sam Heughan". London Theatre Database. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  17. ^ Kelley, Seth (March 3, 2015). "Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  18. ^ Bryant, Jacob (February 24, 2016). "Star Wars, Mad Max, Walking Dead Lead Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Retrieved February 24, 2016. 

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