April 30, 1980 (43)
Sam Heughan is a Scottish actor, best recognized for his stellar performance as Jamie Fraser in the historical drama series ‘Outlander’. His impressive portrayal of this complex character has captured the hearts of millions of viewers around the globe, establishing Heughan as a household name.
Heughan’s career has spanned various mediums, from stage to screen, showcasing his versatile talent. Before he gained international fame with ‘Outlander’, he had a successful stint on stage, playing roles such as Romeo in ‘Romeo and Juliet’, and Hamlet in ‘Hamlet’, both at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. On the small screen, he had recurring roles in British television series like ‘Doctors’ and ‘River City’. However, it was the portrayal of the brave Highland warrior in ‘Outlander’, based on Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling series, that catapulted Heughan into global stardom. Heughan’s film work also includes his leading role in the 2020 action-comedy movie “The Spy Who Dumped Me.”
Over the course of his career, Heughan has worked alongside a number of highly respected actors and celebrities, including Caitriona Balfe, his on-screen wife in ‘Outlander’. The duo’s chemistry has been one of the highlights of the series. His work in ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ had him sharing screen space with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon. Other notable collaborators include Graham McTavish with whom he launched a travelogue series, ‘Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip with Sam and Graham’, exploring their native Scotland. He also had the opportunity to work with esteemed artists like Tobias Menzies, Sophie Skelton, and Richard Rankin in ‘Outlander’, and with Vin Diesel in the action film ‘Bloodshot’.
Heughan’s performances have not gone unnoticed by the industry, earning him several prestigious awards. For instance, he won the Radio Times TV Champion of Champions award in 2017 following a public vote. He was also honored with the People’s Choice Award for Favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor in 2017. Perhaps most notably, his exceptional performance in ‘Outlander’ has garnered him four nominations for the Saturn Awards in the category of Best Actor on Television.