Sam Heughan has reached worldwide fame in his role as Jamie Fraser in the hit drama Outlander. To add to his constantly growing list of achievements, the Scottish actor was recently named the 2015 Sci-Fi Champion by Radio Times.
In light of his winnings, Heughan credited his enormously supportive fan base for voting for him during the competition.
“An incredible war has just been fought! Battling some huge Science Fiction icons, and our fans did it!” Heughan stated after winning the award. “I’m honored to be awarded the Radio Times Sci-Fi Champion. Outlander fans have proven they are the most passionate, supportive and dedicated. I gratefully accept it on behalf of them.”
In order to win the award, Heughan had to overcome a very competitive field, which included the likes of Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who), Lana Parrilla (Once Upon A Time), Colin O’Donoghue (Once Upon A Time), and Eliza Taylor-Cotter (The 100’s).
From here, Sam Heughan will have to compete against all the other genre victors to see who will take home the top spot in the Champion of Champions round. With all the Outlander fans that are out there, he should stand a fairly good chance at winning it all.
Speaking of the hit show, Outlander is currently filming for its second season. In fact, according to Scotland Now, Heughan was recently seen by fans in Glasgow during an intense scene involving Jamie and Black Jack Randall in the upcoming season.
The scene included a fight between the two characters and follows what was a series of dramatic events between Jaimie and Black Jack in the first season.
The new season of Outlander is an adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s second book in the series titled Dragonfly in Amber. While the first season focused on events that occurred in Scotland, the new season will see Jamie and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) make their way to Paris, France to attempt to change history and prevent the Jacobite rebellion.
As production for the new season continues in Glasgow, the crew will also be travelling to Perthshire, Fife, Edinburgh, and West Lothian to round out this round of filming.
With the series filming in different locations throughout Scotland, The Daily Record notes that tourism has jumped considerably in the region. Apparently, the area has attract a record amount of American tourists ever since the first season premiered in the United States.
Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe are currently filming Season 2 of Outlander, but an official release date has not been announced.
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