Full Name: Sam Heughan
Date of Birth: 30 April 1980 (38)
Birthplace: New Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Height: 6′ 3″ (1.91 m)
Education:The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Sam Heughan was born April 30, 1980 in New Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. An accomplished stage and screen actor best known for Outlander (2014), A Princess for Christmas (2011), and A Very British Sex Scandal (2007). In 2011 he starred in BBC drama First Light, and 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. He is an active patron of Youth Theatre Arts Scotland and Leukemia and Lymphoma Research. He attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) located in Glasgow, Scotland.
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, “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.”
Heughan attributes much of his early success to his participation in youth theatre, and in August 2014 became 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.’
• He was nominated for a 2003 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer of 2002 for his performance in Outlying Islands performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs.
• Graduate of The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) in Glasgow.
• Sam Heughan won the BBC Anglo Fan Favourite Man of the Year for 2014 with 61% of the votes over David Tennant.
• Narrated the 8th Installment of author Cassandra Clare’s “Shadowhunter Academy” series, “The Fiery Trial” which was released September, 2015.
• Sam is the fastest of all the actors at putting his kilt on.
• Sam Heughan grew up on a farm and so did Jamie Fraser.
• Sam Heughan’s favorite workout is hiking.