MCM: Sam Heughan


Yeah, it’s Jamie freakin’ Fraser! The actor Sam Heughan was plucked practically from frock flick obscurity to become the biggest heartthrob since Aiden Turner scythed shirtless (OK, that wasn’t too long ago, but you get my drift). Since Outlander has left us for another season, let’s see if we can dig up a decent historical costume resume for Mr. Man Candy of the Moment.


Philip Dorr in Island at War (2004)

Sam Heughan, Island at War (2004)

A small part in a World War II TV miniseries.


John Tunstall in The Wild West (2006)

Sam Heughan, The Wild West (2006)

The umpteenth telling of the gunfight at the O. K. Corral.


Edward McNally in A Very British Sex Scandal (2007)

Sam Heughan, A Very British Sex Scandal (2007)

Now we’re getting interesting.

Sam Heughan, A Very British Sex Scandal (2007)

This TV movie set in the 1960s dramatizes the events that led to the decriminalization of homosexuality in Great Britain.

Sam Heughan, A Very British Sex Scandal (2007)


Charles Fletcher in Breaking the Mould (2009)

Sam Heughan, Breaking the Mould (2009)

Another TV drama — this one about of the pharmaceutical development of penicillin in the 1930s.


Geoffrey ‘Boy’ Wellum in First Light (2010)

Sam Heughan, First Light (2010)

As a famous RAF pilot during the Battle of Britain.

Sam Heughan, First Light (2010)


Lieutenant McStay in Any Human Heart (2010)

Sam Heughan, Any Human Heart (2010)

Small part in one episode of this TV series, set during WWII.


Alexander in Young Alexander the Great (2010)

Sam Heughan, Young Alexander the Great (2010)

OMG, this looks cheesy.

Sam Heughan, Young Alexander the Great (2010)

He looks younger in this than other productions — wonder if it was filmed years before and only played in 2010?


Hugh Tennent in Tennant’s Lager Ad (2014)


Jamie Fraser in Outlander (2014-)

Sam Heughan, Outlander (2014)



Are you entertained by Sam Heughan pre-Outlander historical costume roles?

10 Responses

  1. Susan Pola Staples

    I’m definitely going to check them out.
    He’s stopping to remove the drool from her face simply one still slobbering drool one of the most beautiful men in the world. He seems to be very unassuming and nice when fans present themselves according to posts on Twitter, so he’s beautiful inside as well.

    I’d definitely ‘shag & marry’ him.

  2. broughps

    Fortunately Young Alexander the Great never saw the light of day. It didn’t even go to video iirc.

    Sam does a good job in everything he’s in, though the material may not be great, even the small roles. I’ve seen all his historical characters with the exception of Young Alexander. My favorite has to be the Tennent’s Lager ads. Shows Sam can do comedy.

  3. florenceandtheai

    I saw him in Island At War. It was a middling miniseries. I remember thinking “what on earth is Ryan Phillippe doing in this?” Clearly I was wrong. It also had Joanne Froggatt, in another starcrossed-lover scenario, and tall and toothy Laurence Fox as her man friend.

    • florenceandtheai

      And I just shiver whenever I see him, even though I’m still Team Frank.

  4. elizacameron

    I confess that the only thing I had seen Sam Heughan in before Outlander was A Crown for Christmas on the Hallmark Channel which isn’t historical but it is hysterical. I’m intrigued by this Wild West series which seems to consist of an entire cast of Brits pretending to be Americans in the Old West.

    • Trystan L. Bass

      There seems to be a whole subgenre of Brits-pretending-to-be-Americans-in-the-Old-West. The current Neflix series ‘Godless’ is the latest edition!

      • Maryanne Cathro

        Beats the snot out of watching Americans trying to be British; that just hurts us. Any cringes you may experience watching British actors trying to be American, amplify it by 450 for how it feels the other way around. no offence to Americans in general, but Hollywood has the same attitude to everything about other cultural norms as it does to historical accuracy in movies ;-)

  5. Sara

    There is a trailer of some sort for the Young Alexander on YouTube and it is hilarious! So bad.

  6. Adina

    The only question I have is this: is it better or worse than alexander the great with colin farrell?

  7. Christina Anonymous

    Unfortunately Sam does nothing for me IRL, so I’m not really interested in these other parts. I did saw A Very British Sex Scandal which was a decent movie despite being a weird mixture of fictional and documentary parts.

    The real question is:
    Why haven’t you done any more Outlander coverage this season? After Claire went back, there was enough to talk about costume-wise. I’d be especially curious about your take on Claire’s reused dresses from Paris. I really miss you…
    Maybe you could at least do a season wrap up, please….