Born In: Balmaclellan, Scotland
Sam Heughan is a Scottish actor, producer, author and entrepreneur who is most recognised for his portrayal of Jamie Fraser in the drama series Outlander. The series won him a huge fan following as well as various awards. He also turned producer with the series and produced twelve episodes in 2020. Earlier, he began his career on stage and won appreciation for his work in the Outlying Islands. His television debut came with the miniseries Island At War. Since then, he has appeared in numerous projects including television series Doctors and television movie A Princess for Christmas. His film credits include The Spy Who Dumped Me and Bloodshot. On stage, he performed in Romeo and Juliet and Batman Live (played Batman). In addition, Heughan has lent his voice to a video game; launched his own whiskey brand The Sassenach; co-authored a book – Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other – with Outlander co-star Graham McTavish and has also established his own charity fundraiser My Peak Challenge.
Also Known As: Sam Roland Heughan
mother: Chrissie Heughan
siblings: Cirdan Heughan
Born Country: Scotland
Notable Alumni: Royal Conservatoire Of Scotland
education: Royal Conservatoire Of Scotland
awards: Satellite Award for Best Ensemble: Television
People's Choice Award for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor
Sam Heughan was born on 30th April 1980 in Balmaclellan in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland as the younger son of his parents. His elder brother Cirdan and he himself were named after characters from The Lord of the Rings.
His father left the family while he was still very young and his artist mother, Chrissie Heughan, raised the two brothers all by herself.
For his education, Sam Heughan attended Kells Primary School in New Galloway and then moved to Edinburgh to study at the James Gillespie's High School for a year. Thereafter, he shifted to Rudolf Steiner School and studied there till the completion of his sixth year.
After two years of travel and work, he came back to join Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) located in Glasgow. During his time there, he acted in various plays like Twits, The Seagull, Prometheus Bound and Romeo and Juliet. He graduated in 2003.
In 2002, while Sam Heughan was in his second year in the drama school, he got an opportunity to work in Scottish playwright David Greig’s play Outlying Islands. The play, which he did for a year and a half, earned him tremendous appreciation.
He then moved to London and in 2004 was cast in the WWII epic drama miniseries Island At War. In this, he played a spy Philip Dorr.
In 2005, Sam Heughan appeared in three episodes of the Scottish soap opera River City wherein he portrayed Livingston FC footballer Andrew Murray. He also played Pony William, an unfaithful husband in David Harrower's play Knives in Hens.
In 2006, he appeared in an episode of the miniseries The Wild West playing the real-life figure John Tunstall, the first man killed in the Lincoln County War.
The year 2007 saw him playing Edward McNally in Channel 4’s television film A Very British Sex Scandal and making single episode appearances in the crime drama series Midsomer Murders and the detective drama series Rebus. He acted in two episodes of another drama series Party Animals too.
In theatre that year, he performed as Tom Veryan in The Vortex; as Guildenstern/Fortinbras in Hamlet and as Roderick/Eddie the Gaffer in The Pearlfisher.
Between 2008 and 2010, Sam Heughan appeared in more stage productions including Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth (both 2008), Plague Over England (2009) and The Talented Mr. Ripley (2010).
On television he was seen in the recurring role of Scott Nielson in 21 episodes of the BBC daytime soap opera, Doctors (2009). The same year, he played Charles Fletcher – the first doctor to administer penicillin to a patient – in the BBC4 television movie Breaking the Mould.
In 2010, Sam Heughan starred in the BBC Two television film First Light wherein he essayed the role of the youngest ever Spitfire pilot, Geoffrey ‘Boy’ Wellum, and also became a part of the BAFTA award winning miniseries Any Human Heart. The latter, based on William Boyd's 2002 novel of the same name, had him playing the part of Lieutenant McStay.
In 2010, he bagged the lead role in the direct-to-video action-adventure film Young Alexander the Great. He additionally starred in a series of entertaining commercials playing Hugh Tennent, founder of Tennent's Lager. The commercial became extremely famous and even won awards.
In 2011, Sam Heughan was roped in to portray Prince Ashton of Castlebury in the made for television romantic comedy drama film A Princess for Christmas. Apart from this, he took up the role of the legendary comic hero Batman in the touring production Batman Live show (for two years) and also played Olympic swimmer Max in Steve Waters' play Amphibians.
In 2012, he played the main role in Shakepeare's King John at the Òran Mór Theatre in Glasgow.
In 2013, Sam Heughan was selected to play the lead role of the highland warrior Jamie Fraser in the Starz’s hugely popular time-travel drama series Outlander. The show, which premiered in 2014, made him extremely famous and also bagged him nominations and wins at various award functions.
Outlander, based on the novel series authored by Diana Gabaldon, has completed five seasons till 2020. Sam Heughan also turned producer for twelve episodes of the show in 2020.
In 2014, Sam Heughan starred in the drama mystery thriller film Emulsion in which he played Ronny Maze, a man struggling to come to terms with the mysterious disappearance of his wife. The same year he played the role of Lyngstrand in the comedy drama film Heart of Lightness.
In 2016, he portrayed Jacob in Adam Sigal’s independent comedy drama film When the Starlight Ends and was also roped in by the English clothing brand Barbour as its first global brand ambassador.
In 2018, he starred as Sebastian Henshaw in the action-adventure comedy drama film The Spy Who Dumped Me. The year also saw him lending his voice to Mirror Master in Warner Bros video game Lego DC Super-Villains and appearing as himself in an episode of BBC Two Scotland’s sports programme The Adventure Show.
In 2020, he brought out his own whisky brand called The Sassenach. The brand went on to earn a double gold medal at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
In 2020 again, Sam Heughan acted as Corporal Jimmy Dalton in the sci-fi action superhero film, Bloodshot, based on valiant comic characters. The same year, he teamed up with his Outlander co-star Graham McTavish and brought out a book, a travelogue Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other.
The book was well received and soon claimed the top spot in the New York Times' Best Seller list. It became the companion book of the 2021 television series documentary Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip With Sam and Graham. In this Starz channel eight-part series, the duo take viewers on a road trip to unravel the rich and complex heritage of Scotland.
In 2021, Sam Heughan took up the roles of actor Paul Newman in the biopic film To Olivia and played Tom Buckingham in an action thriller film SAS: Red Notice.
Sam Heughan has established his own charitable organisation My Peak Challenge, an online fitness programme which supports participants achieve personal goals while raising money for charity.
He is also an ardent supporter of blood cancer charity, Bloodwise and in 2016 became its Scotland President.
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