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.
Heughan keeps his personal life private. He has participated in the Peak Challenge and many charities to raise funding for social change.
|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|
|2014||Heart of Lightness||Lyngstrand|
|2016||When the Starlight Ends||Jacob||Short film|
|2018||The Spy Who Dumped Me||Sebastian Henshaw||Post-production|
|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
|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|
- Sam Heughan on IMDb