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When Sam Heughan was chosen as "Jamie," author Diana Gabaldon said of his casting ""Oh. My. God. That man is a Scot to the bone and Jamie Fraser to the heart. 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." And then when he posted pictures of his newly dyed red hair, the Internet seemed by be won over too.
An actor known for both theater and TV work in Britain, Heughan was nominated for a British Soap Award for his role of Scott Neilson in BBC's "Doctors." Other credits include "River City," "Island at War," "The Wild West," "Midsomer Murders" and "Any Human Heart."