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article imageSam Heughan to star in Outlander, to be filmed in Scotland

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jul 20, 2013 in Entertainment
Scots actor Sam Heughan is set to star in a major new US science-fiction series, and it will be filmed in his native Scotland.
Outlander is to be adapted from the books by US author Diana Gabaldon.
Gabaldon’s Outlander book series centres around a nurse from 1945, Claire Randall, and Jamie Fraser, a Scottish warrior from 1743. The pair end up married and time-travel between 18th- and 20th-century Scotland. The books are already international best-sellers.
Seven novels have been published to date, with an eighth, Written In My Own Heart’s Blood, due in 2014. The first, Outlander, was first published, in America, in 1991, and in the UK – as Cross Stitch – in 1994. There have also been a number of Outlander short stories, a graphic novel and non-fiction companion book.
Scottish by birth, Heughan is from New Galloway in Dumfriesshire. The 32-year-old studied at the Glasgow-based Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now renamed the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).
Of Heughan’s casting, Gabaldon told TV Wise, “Oh. My. God. 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.”
Sam Heughan has worked for the last decade mainly in theatre and on television. His theatrical debut, in 2002, in the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs production of Outlying Islands, earned him a nomination for the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer. He played Batman in the 2011–12 touring show, Batman Live.
River City
Heughan’s TV debut, meanwhile, was in 2004’s Island at War, quickly followed, in 2005, with a stint (playing Lee McGowan) in the BBC’s long-running Scottish soap opera, River City. In 2007, he played Adrian Chapple in Party Animals – the BBC drama series that starred Matt Smith prior to his becoming the Eleventh Doctor in Doctor Who – which followed researchers, lobbyists and government aids in the British parliament. Other TV appearances have included Rebus and Midsomer Murders (known variously worldwide as Inspector Barnaby and Barnaby).
Film parts have included playing Alexander the Great in Young Alexander the Great (2007) and Ashton, Prince of Castlebury in A Princess for Christmas (2011).
Outlander is being produced by Starz and, according to BBC News, “co-produced by Left Bank Pictures, Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining and Supply Company”.
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