Outlander star Sam Heughan reveals he caught acting bug at Edinburgh school

Today, he's one of the most acclaimed actors in the country, best known for his role as Jamie Fraser in the phenomenally popular Outlander series, for which he has received a string of industry awards.
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But Scottish actor Sam Heughan says he owes a lot of his success to the Edinburgh Steiner School, where he studied over 20 years ago.

In an interview with the prestigious school, which is set in three acres of leafy grounds in the south-side of Edinburgh, Sam opened up about his time there and how it helped him as an actor.

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The 40-year-old, who is originally from Dumfries, spoke fondly of his time at the Edinburgh Steiner School.

Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser in hit series Outlander.Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser in hit series Outlander.
Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser in hit series Outlander.

He said: "Looking back on it, It was a really good time, a really warm time, it felt like a really safe environment. There was a real bond between not just the teachers but the students too."

Sam says he never considered taking up acting seriously until he landed a part in a school production of French playwright Molière's Prodigious Snob.

"To be honest, if there was ever a point in my career where maybe I kind of felt something like 'oh I enjoy this' it was probably that," he said.

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"I think there was just a moment there where I thought 'this is exciting, I want to discover more about this'."

You can watch the full interview here.

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