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Sam Roland Heughan (born 30 April 1980) is a Scottish actor, known for his role as Jamie Fraser in the Starz series Outlander, for which he is the recipient of a People's Choice Award, and has 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.

Heughan has been in a relationship with American journalist and television personality Tyler Sherman, since 2012. The couple announced there engagement in December 2017.

Life and career[]

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. 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 traveling, before enrolling at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) in Glasgow, graduating in 2003.

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

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

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."

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

Personal life[]

Heughan keeps his personal life private. He has participated in the Peak Challenge and many charities to raise funding for social change.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Small Moments Unknown Short film and film debut
2010 Young Alexander the Great Alexander Short film
2011 A Princess for Christmas Ashton Prince of Castlebury
2013 Emulsion Ronny Maze
2014 Heart of Lightness Lyngstrand
2016 When the Starlight Ends Jacob Short film
2018 The Spy Who Dumped Me Sebastian Henshaw Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Island at War Phillip 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"
Party Animals Adrian Chapple 2 episodes
A Very British Sex Scandal Edward McNally Television film
Rebus Peter Carr Episode: "Knots and Crosses"
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 A Princess for Christmas Prince Ashton of Castlebury Television film
2014–present Outlander Jamie Fraser Main cast

Awards and nominations[]

Year Nominated work Award Category Result
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

See also[]

External links[]

  • Sam Heughan on IMDb