Jul 9 2013 3:05pm

Starz’s Outlander has its Jamie Fraser!

Outlander's Jaime Fraser played by Sam Heughan

And you thought your relationship was tough? Claire and Jamie faced many issues in the epic romance, Outlander. We were overjoyed when we learned the beloved book would be coming to TV with Starz in 2014 and have been waiting for casting news. Well, wait no more. Jamie Fraser, everyone’s favorite ginger, has been cast and Scotsman Sam Heughan will take up the tartan. What does Outlander author Diana Gabaldon have to say?

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.

That’s a pretty rave review for the casting and we’re hoping the casting of Claire is just as much a success. We’ve fantasy cast the book in the past, but obviously didn't think Chris Hemsworth would take up the role like we hoped—Heughan is ginger and Scottish, and fits the part, at least outwardly. He has been seen in mostly smaller roles on British shows including River City, Island at War, and Misomer Murders, with a British Soap Award nomination for his role as Scott Nielson on BBC’s Doctors.

What do you think? Does he match what you imagined? Who would you like to see cast as his time-traveling true love Claire?

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1. Lupdilup
Yay! I'm so ecxited! I heard he's a pretty good actor too. I have to do some of my own research on that., but please GOD, let be true!..LOL
2. EmilyF
I was so worried about this casting, but I've gotta say, I am LOVING Sam as Jamie. Should have known Diana would pick someone good! I have never understood why fans were obsessing over Liam/Chris Hemsworth or Gerard Butler in the role. An unknown is SO much better...

Also, she posted a pic of him with reddish hair...so adorable. I think he's going to be great. :-)
Jennifer Proffitt
3. JenniferProffitt
@EmilyF, yeah Sam's naturally a ginger I believe so he comes by it honestly! I have high hopes for him now. I think an unknown is almost always preferred when it's a much beloved character like Jamie.
Lege Artis
4. LegeArtis
He is absolutely gorgeous. And he IS good actor. Casting Jamie was only thing I was afraid about this adaptation and I have to say I'm very happy about their choice...
Heather Waters
5. HeatherWaters
He looks a bit like Jamie Bamber as Apollo here!

I'm really looking forward to seeing how this project turns out. RDM's definitely good at adapting things (Starbuck as a woman for BSG 2003 was an inspired idea), so I'm guessing he'll make interesting choices in turning a book series into a TV series.
Donna C
6. dreaderdc
He isn't what I imagined for Jamie, but he has that look in his eye that tells you he has a steel spine. I like.
7. deerdoe69
I think the girl Claire from 6 Feet Under would be a good one for this role...I can hardly wait to see this...
Ronni Graff
8. ronnig
Emma Watson from the Harry Potter movies as Claire. Her maturity will allow her to carry it off.
9. AnneD
I wish I was Claire! Cannot wait to watch this!!
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