Sam Heughan has become a huge star with an army of adoring fans thanks to the worldwide success of the historical time-traveling drama Outlander.
In the TV series, former World War II Nursing Sister Claire Randall (played by Caitríona Balfe) travels from 1945 to 1743 where she meets, falls in love with, and marries a Heughan Highland warrior character, Jamie Fraser, who was involved in the Jacobite rising.
With a whopping 75 episodes already in the box and another 16-episode seventh season on the way, this has been a time-consuming project for the cast and crew.
But Sam Heughan still managed to flesh out his resume between series – while having started his career in smaller television roles.
Besides 11 films and several documentaries, including the popular Men in Kilts, the actor has starred in 10 television series.
1. Island at War (2004)
Sam Heughan’s small-screen break was in Island at War – a 2004 TV miniseries that told the story of a quiet Channel Island community that was rocked by invading forces from the Nazi Germany during World War II. Heughan played an actual character called Philip Dorr in five of the six episodes. Dorr was a soldier sent to the occupied Channel Island of St. Gregory to spy on the British.
2.River City (2005)
Sam Heughan featured in four episodes of the Scottish soap opera Glasgow which aired in December 2005. He played Andrew Murray – the footballing partner of Shieldinch resident Kelly-Marie, played by Carmen Pieraccini. River City celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and Sam is one of the biggest stars to appear on the show during this time.
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3. The Wild West (2006)
Another TV miniseries starred Sam Heughan in 2006. The Wild West recreated the 30 seconds of the OK Corral shooting based on court records, letters and newspaper articles. Heughan appeared in the second of two 90-minute episodes as John Tunstall, a businessman whose murder sparked the Lincoln County War.
4. Midsomer Murders (2007)
Sam Heughan appeared in just one episode of the long-running crime drama Midsomer Murders, starring John Nettles. He was in episode three of the 10th season, playing Ian King, the son of businessman Alan, who died at the start of the episode.