Outlander’s Sam Heughan addresses ‘curse’ of playing Jamie Fraser


Scottish star Sam Heughan has embodied the rugged and capable persona of Jamie Fraser since the first season of Outlander hit screens in 2014. Although the actor has enjoyed immense success with his work on the popular Starz series, he is also still struggling to come to terms with the level of fame which comes from starring in a TV drama which has been watched by millions around the world.

Sam admitted his fame has been a "blessing and a curse" since his profile skyrocketed after landing the role of Jamie.The TV A-lister has recently opened up about his journey from working actor to international superstar in his new memoir, Waypoints.


In Outlander, he stars opposite Caitriona Balfe as Jamie's wife Claire and, together, they have become one of the small screen's most recognised couples.

"It's still a weird experience, because they don't know me as Sam," he wrote."But also, it'd be nice at some point to be able to play those other roles and people to see a completely different character there or a different actor."He later elaborated: "Looking back, it has completely changed my life. It has taken over my life and it has been an amazing journey."

If all goes to plan, Sam is expected to return for at least three more seasons after the seventh instalment, which is currently filming, wraps up.Based on the original series of novels by Diana Gabaldon, one more book is still to be published to wrap up the 10-part saga of the Frasers' adventures across history.