Sam Heughan says #Outlander’s global success has almost turned him into ‘a spokesman for Scotland’ – scotsman.com

Outlander star Sam Heughan says the show’s global success has almost turned him into “a spokesman for Scotland.”

Speaking at the BAFTA Scotland Awards in Glasgow, the actor said he felt “honoured” for the part he had played in “bringing Scotland to the rest of the world.”

Heughan and his co-star Caitriona Balfe, who was also a special guest at the awards ceremony, have become huge international stars since the Sony-Starz series since it launched in 2014.

Based on the multi-million selling series of novels by American author Diana Gabaldon, the show follows the events which unfold after a married Second World War nurse is propelled back in time to the 18th century, where she falls for a Jacobite soldier.

Asked whether he felt as if Outlander, which began production in 2013, had a “finite” life, Heughan, 39, said: “We will see how long Outlander runs for. We’re on season five just now and will definitely be doing a sixth.

“I just feel really honoured to part of this show which just keeps going and going, which I’ve been in for six years and has gone right around the world. I feel honoured to be almost a spokesman for Scotland and to be bringing Scotland to the rest of the world.”

Speaking on the red carpet, Heughan also discussed his forthcoming appearance alongside Vin Diesel in the the new superhero film Bloodshot, which also stars Guy Pearce and Toby Kebbell.

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  1. Sam Heughan is a marvelous actor. It is obvious. His ability to make the audience watching forget their 21st century life and be transported into the world of his highlander character, is astoundingly captivating. He fulfills and excites, chills and saddens. His voice and nuances of expression coddle viewers’ hearts with often subtle, gentle, protective, sincere caution. Yet, those same expressions can throw the minds of said viewers off balance in the wake of impending demonstrative prowess, causing both anger and fear. Finally, his effusive romantic demeanor may as well be an actual, physical net; entangling the bodies and souls of all who watch him love his great love, Claire. All in all, he portrays a Scottish soldier, proud and regal to the core. He is a master performing his art that truly is of the highest caliber.

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