'Outlander' Star Sam Heughan: 9 Facts In 90 Seconds

His role of Jamie Fraser has brought him a huge global fanbase.

19/05/2016 13:17

Never mind ‘Game of Thrones’, for some bingey box-set fans, it’s all about ‘Outlander’, the Amazon Prime drama set in the stunning Scottish Highlands. 

The show, now in its second series, sees a married World War II nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) transported back in time to Scotland of 1743, just in time to become embroiled in the Jacobite risings, and come face to face with the dashing warrior Jamie Fraser. 

Who he? The equally dashing Scottish actor Sam Heughan, whose charismatic performance, not to mention his somewhat Poldark-esque qualities have brought him a massive fanbase wherever in the world the drama is shown. But who IS he? Read on... 

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    Sam Heughan was born in New Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway.
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    Scots may be famous for their ginger hair and ability to pull off kilts, but this famous Scot is not a natural ginger. Sam calls himself a “pseudo-ginger” - nothing pseudo about his kilt, though.
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    He was named as one of People Magazine’s Top 10 Sexiest Men Alive in 2015
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    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.
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    Sam has raised money for Bloodwise. He launched My Peak Challenge, which encourages people to do 15 minutes of activity every day to reach their “peak”, from setting personal health and fitness goals to learning new skills while raising money for charity.
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    He auditioned for 'Game of Thrones' seven times.
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    His fans call themselves the ‘Heughligans’.
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    Sam wanted the role of Jamie Fraser due to the fact he loved 'Outlander' creator Ron D. Moore’s work on 'Star Trek' and 'Battlestar Galactica'.
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    Did we mention he loves a kilt?

 'Outlander Season Two' is available for Amazon Prime members exclusively with new episodes every Sunday.

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