Biography of Sam Heughan
Sam Heughan is a true Scottish handsome man who won the love of the public and the recognition of his colleagues in the acting department after the role of Jamie Fraser in the fantastic melodrama Outlander. Adored by a large female audience, the bachelor, winner of the Grace film award for the image of Ashton, Prince of Castleberry, in the TV movie A Princess for Christmas.
Pictured: Sam Heughan
When a second boy was born in the family of young Scottish hippies Heughan Christine and David, he, like the elder Cirdan, was named after the character of John Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. If the first-born was named after an elf, then the youngest, Samwise or Sam, received the name of a hobbit, Frodo Baggins’ faithful companion on a journey to Mordor.
Sam Heughan as a child
The village of Balmaclellan, where Sam was born, was small – there were about a hundred families, but it could boast of an interesting history for events. Why, the house where the Heughan family lived used to be the stables of an old castle.
Sam Heughan with his father, who left the family when Sam was 3
Shortly after the birth of their second child, the couple divorced. The three-year-old kid did not understand why only his mother remained with his brother and where did his father go, whom he and his brother had not seen for many years. Chrissie spun as best she could, worked as a teacher, was a shoemaker, tried to start her own business. At some point, the woman decided to move with her sons to the village of New Galloway. Sam went to first grade there. At school, only a couple of people were in the same class as him, but there were many children of other ages in the district, and Sam never had a shortage of playmates. The boy and his friends spent hours in nature: he ran with a wooden sword through the forests, pretending to be one or another historical character.
Actor Sam Heughan
He generally had a passion for history, and especially loved the period of King Arthur. Perhaps because in his home area, the district of Dumfries and Galloway, there were many ruins of castles, which the boy explored with excitement. Another of his childhood hobbies was music – Sam played the trombone and trumpet.
Then the Heughan family moved to Edinburgh, where the youngest son graduated from school with his mother, and at the same time was educated at an art school. Then he went to travel around Europe and America, graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts in Glasgow.
Career: From advertising to Outlander
The experimental production of David Greg’s play The Distant Islands in 2003, where Sam played his first role, brought the young man recognition of the audience and success, in particular, the Laurence Olivier Award in the nomination “Most Promising Actor”. Without leaving the theater, Heughan plunged into work on television projects with inspiration, the best of which was the film A Princess for Christmas (2011). For the role of Prince Sam received the Grace Award for the most inspiring actor.
Sam Heughan in his youth
In parallel with this, he starred in the TV series The Magic Mirror (Batman), Purely English Murders (Ian King), The Doctors (drug dealer Nielsen), Rebus: The Hanging Garden (Peter Carr), War on the Island ( Philip Dorr).
Shot from the series “War on the Island”
In 2010, director Matthew Whiteman invited Heughan to play the lead role of Jeffrey Vellum in the television autobiographical project First Light, and then Sam got another leading role in Jalal Merkhi’s action adventure Young Alexander the Great. Lauren Cohen and Christopher Cazenow worked with him on the set.
Sam Heughan in “Young Alexander the Great”
Along with this, the actor starred in an advertisement for Scottish beer, was invited to the enchanting show “Batman”, where he again played the main character.
It is known that the actor auditioned for the TV series Game of Thrones, counting on the role of Renly Baratheon, the handsome homosexual Loras Tyrell, or one of the soldiers of the Night Watch. But to no avail – despite, in general, a type suitable for the aesthetics of the series, he was rejected. But Sam didn’t have to worry for long. Although he did not get a role in the “Game of Thrones”, the role that made the Scot famous all over the world was just around the corner.
Sam Heughan in the series Outlander
We are talking about the role of Jamie Fraser – the protagonist of the fantasy series Outlander. According to the plot, nurse Claire from the middle of the 20th century (Katrina Bluff) mysteriously ends up in Scotland two centuries ago. The times in the yard are not the most calm – an uprising is looming. For a lonely girl from another world, to put it mildly, it is dangerous to wander alone. Fortunately, at the very beginning of the wanderings, the hero met Sam’s hero, the warrior and landowner Jamie. He takes Claire under his wing, and so begins their adventure, stretching over 6 seasons.
Filming began in 2014. The first season was a resounding success. Together with Katrina Balfe, Sam got on the cover of TV GUIDE magazine as the best on-screen couple.
Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe in Outlander
Heughan himself believes that participation in the series opened up a lot of opportunities for him, which he successfully implemented. This includes visiting many countries with an international press tour, and creating our own May Rush Challenge charitable foundation, whose funds help change the lives of many people for the better.
Personal life of Sam Heughan
Versions and assumptions about Heughan’s chosen one with might and main excite the imagination of the army of the actor’s fans. Sam, like a true knight, does not talk about his love victories, journalists and bloggers do it for him. During the filming of Outlander, everyone was eagerly waiting for the on-screen couple to become one in real life. But Katrina calls Sam her “incredibly close friend” and doesn’t stutter about more.
Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe are not dating
Balfe was already considered the bride of Tony McGill, while Heughan was credited with an affair with singer and actress Mackenzie Mauzy. Here, Sam has already denied such rumors, calling his relationship with the girl nothing more than friendly. The bachelor life of the handsome and charming actor haunts the newspapers, and here is a new report about Sam’s romantic relationship with the star of the series “Twin Peaks” Amy Shiels.
Fiancé Sam Heughan
The actor does not comment on such statements in any way, although he admitted to some journalists that in the future he still sees himself as a family man and father. But who will become the happy owner of an engagement ring from a recognized Scottish handsome man remains an open question for fans and admirers of Heughan’s talent.
Sam Heughan loves horseback riding
In addition to his professional activities, Heughan does not forget to hone his skills as a fencer, enjoys reading history books, triathlon and mountaineering. In addition, Sam is an excellent rider and is seriously passionate about horseback riding.
Sam Heughan now
In 2018, the actor completed work on the role of Sebastian Hanshaw in Susanna Vogel’s comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me. The set gave Sam an acquaintance with Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux. In addition, Heughan, together with Vin Diesel and Eiza Gonzalez, is participating in the filming of Dave Wilson’s science fiction action movie Bloodshot. The world premiere is scheduled for February 2024.
Together with Ruby Rose and Tom Hopper, Sam is also invited to play the role in Magnus Martens’ action movie The Secret Service. Alert”. The actor will play Tom Buckingham. According to rumors, ahead of Sam and the role of James Bond in the legendary Bond. He really auditioned for the role of agent 007 back in 2006 and then was rejected. But with the imminent departure of Daniel Craig, his chances of filling this niche will increase. “It’s high time we made Bond Scottish,” Sam jokes.