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Outlander casting director tells how Sam Heughan became Jamie Fraser

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It's tough to imagine the television series Outlander without Sam Heughan as the main character,  

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Jamie Fraser, a dashing Highlander and American transplant. It's almost as if this has always been the case, but it took a lot of effort and determination to find the right person to play this character.  

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In an interview with the Daily Express, Suzanne Smith, Outlander's casting director, highlighted the challenges she experienced in her search for Heughan and how she came to the conclusion that he was the best option to play Jamie.

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Despite everyone's concerns about casting Jamie, Smith states that after they identified Heughan, everything fell into place in a pretty short period of time.  

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"Well, when it comes to actors, you follow their careers," Smith added. "I knew Sam all the way back when I was in drama school, and I had brought him in for quite a few roles in the past, so I had followed his career and therefore I knew him."  

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As a result, there aren't many Scots tall enough to play Jamie Fraser, thus Sam quickly came to mind as a possible contender. Heughan only had to go through an audition, a recall, and a final recall with the producers to land the role.  

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When you become conscious, you are aware! When I say that we are grateful that Smith remembered Heughan from acting school and decided to include him in this, I believe I am speaking on behalf of all Outlander fans worldwide.  

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True, he embodies all of the attributes that define Jamie Fraser as a character. Jamie in the books is exactly like Heughan's portrayal on screen: compassionate, understanding, complicated, and intelligent.  

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I'm not sure who else tried out for this part, but Heughan has always been considered! Casting Claire Fraser in the television adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" was no easy assignment.  

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The role deserved a complex interpretation that combined strength, tenderness, and ageless allure. When the casting process began, finding the right fit for Claire was more than just popularity or previous roles; it was about capturing the soul of a great literary character.  

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