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Sam Heughan

Updated on November 1, 2015

Who is Sam Heughan?

Who is Sam Heughan? If you are asking yourself this question then you have missed some of the best acting the world has seen in the last two decades, and I am not just saying this because I think Sam Heughan is hot, which he is, I’m saying this because he personifies the character he plays on television. Heughan was generally an unknown theater actor up until he was cast on the hit show “Outlander.” And…Yes... I could go on and on about his good looks, his awesome body, his faint worthy accent but the boy is truly gifted with real acting chops.

Currently Heughan plays the lead male character of Jamie Fraser on the Starz hit television show “Outlander” which is based off of Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling book series. If there were ever such thing as fate and things that are meant to be then this is one of those moments. Sam Heughan has literally become the character of Jamie Fraser in every way possible. While watching Heughan’s portrayal of his character on television you can’t help but think that the beloved character from Gabaldon’s books has magically come to life and appeared before your eyes. Even if you are not a fan of Gabaldon’s books; it’s still easy to fall madly in love with Heughan’s rendering of Jamie Fraser.


Heughan brings a deep understanding and connection to the screen each time he steps into Jamie’s shoes; one that most actors never get close to with other characters. Heughan is able to bring the perfect amount of raw emotion and humor to portray Jamie’s unique story line. He has been able to convey via screen the internal battles Jamie is facing simply with a look in his eye or a facial expression. Emotion that would take other actors lines upon lines to convey can be done by Heughan in one ragged cry or heart wrenching moan or even the simplest movements of his facial features or the pure soulful emotion in his eyes. Heughan’s ability to show raw emotion in various ways other than just verbally has brought his character to new levels. One could literally watch Heughan on mute and still understand the emotions his character is feeling and combating with within himself without hearing a word of it. When an actor has so deeply connected with their character that the audience can no longer see where Sam Heughan ends and Jamie Fraser begins that’s when you have hit something special and Sam is definitely something special.


It literally blows my mind that Sam Heughan has floated under the radar of Hollywood and fame for as long as he has. Someone with the amount of talent that he has should have been scooped up at least a decade earlier. I would be willing to bet that there are some casting directors out there kicking themselves in their asses right now for not grabbing this boy the moment they saw him in action. Sam could literally make cutting slices of cheese look dramatic and emotional.


During season one of “Outlander” Sam was slowly introduced to the audience through his depiction of Jamie Fraser but by episode seven he had prominently taken his place in the storyline and was starting to show everyone what he was made of. However, it was the finale of season one’s “Outlander” that truly showed you what this guy was capable of. I haven’t felt the mix of emotions that I felt while watching the final two shows and Heughan’s performance for years from watching television shows. There aren’t many actors around today who can convey the raw emotion Sam portrayed on the final two shows of season one’s “Outlander.” Yes, it was a rape scene and rape scenes are emotional in nature but it wasn’t just the rape scene that he conveyed perfectly it was everything building up to it and after it. The fear and love Heughan was able to show towards his on screen love Claire, the fear in his eyes when he realized that he would be giving his up his body freely, the breaking of his character’s soul when he realized that he had finally faced something that would forever break and change him for the rest of his character’s life. Everything was done perfectly but there were many moments prior to Sam’s portrayal of the rape scene on the final two shows where he proved how fantastic he was. The pure relief, fear, and anger that washes over Sam Heughan as he plays the part of Jamie Fraser after rescuing his wife is something that an actor can never be taught. You either have it or you don’t.

Also, earlier in the series when Heughan’s character is struggling with married life and pledges his heart and devotion to his wife is amazingly done. So yes people can continue to talk about his magnificent acting done on the final two episodes of season’s one “Outlander” but this man has been showing his acting chops the whole way through the series.


In closing Heughan is definitely an actor to keep your eye on and I can see him doing many big things. This is just the beginning for Heughan. He may be starting his journey through stardom a little late but he has finally arrived and he’s not going anywhere. Continue reading below for basic facts about this amazing actor who is just beginning to gain the recognition he deserves.


Basic Background Check on Heughan

Sam Heughan was born April 30, 1980 in New Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Born in Scotland, Heughan would be raised on the grounds of a castle in New Galloway where the castle’s stables had been converted into a home. Little is known about his early childhood life because Sam is so new to stardom. However, he was raised by his mother and has one brother and attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. Heughan has a love for the outdoors and charity work. He is well known for his work with the “My Peak Challenge” charity which aids Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Sam has a great love for the outdoors, if you have ever looked at Sam’s Twitter feed or Facebook feed he always seems to be climbing something, running some type of marathon for charity, or working out in the gym. So Heughan took his love for health and fitness and combined it with his love for giving back and charity work to create the “My Peak Challenge” charity. He has raised awareness and thousands of dollars for the charity already and continues to work with the charity today. Not only is Sam active with the “My Peak Challenge” charity but he is also the patron for Youth Theatre Arts Scotland. Sam has been quoted as saying the following about the arts “Going to a youth theatre was a crucial first step at the start of my career. It was a safe, welcoming environment where I met like-minded students and inspiring leaders. It introduced me to the skills needed (which I still use today) and I worked alongside professionals. Youth theatre organizations are a fundamental part of helping young people become successful in the acting industry.”


Quick Facts About Sam

-Sam Heughan is 6’2 ½

-Even though Heughan plays a ginger on the “Outlander” television series he’s actually a blonde in real life.

-He’s a Taurus


- He was nominated for a 2003 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer of 2002 for his performance in Outlying Islands performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs.


-He auditioned for the television series “Games of Thrones” seven times prior to landing the role he was meant for in the “Outlander” series.



-He was the first cast member to be officially announced as an actor on the his television show “Outlander”



-He played Prince Ashton in the Hallmark Channel movie “A Princess for Christmas”



-Heughan starred as Batman in the touring stage show “Batman Live”



-Sam is said to be a real life hero because he made a citizen’s arrest in a London record shop.



-Heughan’s first celeb crush was on the animated character Jessica Rabbit.



-Sam is said to be named after the character Samwise Gamgee from the “Lord of the Rings” and his brother is named Cirdan after another character in “Lord of the Rings” books.



-He has fans who are called “Heughligans”

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