HOLLY Willoughby could barely contain her excitement as she met Outlander actor Sam Heughan on today’s show.
The This Morning presenter, 37, is a huge fan of the hit TV show, in particular the hunky star, who plays Jamie Fraser in the series.
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Squealing with delight, she told him: “I will try and control myself!”
She then proceeded to ask him a series of questions about the upcoming fourth series, while Phillip Schofield sat back, clearly amused.
At the end of the interview she stood up as Phillip took a picture of them – unable to hide huge smile.
Holly gushed: “So nice to meet you.”
Those watching at home found the whole interaction very funny and took to Twitter to comment on it.
One person wrote: “Holly’s dream just came true and Phil had to drag out a photo with Sam Heughan #ThisMorning.”
Another added: “Love watching Holly fan girl over @SamHeughan . To be fair he is an absolute dream 😍 #ThisMorning.”
While someone else Tweeted: “#thismorning Holly, wipe the dribble off your lip you.”
Sam, 38, is a Scottish actor best known for his role in Outlander, which he joined in 2013.
The show, which is based on a series of bestselling novels by Diana Gabaldon, follows Jamie’s romance with the World War II nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) as she travels back in time to 18th century Scotland.
He explains his love of the great outdoors to Cameron McNeish for Take a Hike on BBC Two Scotland.
The actor, who grew up in Dumfries and Galloway, said it was a passion which had been with him as long as he could remember.
He said that returning to Scotland to film Outlander had rekindled his desire to enjoy its countryside.
“I was born and raised in a place called New Galloway, on the grounds of a derelict castle,” he said.
“It was a great childhood.
“I know I am very fortunate but I got to be outdoors all the time with my imagination and play a lot out there – I think that’s probably where my love of acting came from.
“The whole area was kind of my play park where there were really no boundaries and I think that discovery and excitement as a kid definitely has transferred into why I like coming to remote places.”
The return to his homeland for his acting career took him back to those memories.
Where did Sam Heughan grow up?
New Galloway lies on the west side of the valley of the Water of Ken a mile north of the end of Loch Ken in Dumfries and Galloway.
It is largely built around a single north-south High Street that climbs up through town and has a location on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park that gives it a “wonderful air of seclusion”.
The town as seen today dates back to planned development by Viscount Kenmure in the early 1600s, followed by the granting of burgh status in 1630.
But settlement in the area goes back much further with nearby Kenmure Castle fought over in the late 1200s. Source: Undiscovered Scotland
“I moved back to Scotland to shoot Outlander and go to all these amazing locations all over Scotland and it made me fall in love with the country that I knew from my childhood,” he said.
His first climbing experience as an adult was not such a success when he slipped and fell on Ben Lomond.
However, he said that was part of the excitement for him
“I think the challenge of climbing is certainly a part of why I do it,” he said.
“It’s like you’re an adventurer, you’re maybe the first person to ever be here and that’s what I love about the mountains.
“You can get to them quite easily and before you know it you feel like you’re the first man to ever climb here.
“To me, it’s something inside you, something inside your bones, it’s a real connection to the land.” Take A Hike – A History of Scottish Walking is on BBC Two Scotland on 16 May at 19:00.
Outlander Actor Sam Heughan has written the foreword to an excellent book “There’s always the hills ” by Cameron Mcneish , in which he gives a little clue about the location of the famous standing stones –
” We had been filming Outlander near Loch Rannoch for a few days, among the magical setting of standing stones that the main character Claire travels through, back to Scotland in 1745. I had spent my 35th birthday on the side of a mountain, filming a ‘picnic’ in the driving rain and fog, and even the bannock we had to eat was soggy. Dreich and damp as we were, it felt momentous, remarkable even, the ever-changing summit of Schiehallion standing like an extinct volcano, cloud continuously
masking then briefly revealing her sharp peak, the magical backdrop to our scene. I looked towards where I knew our crew would be working, at least a kilometre down, in the valley. The wind was getting stronger but the snow had eased. As if in answer, the cloud briefly parted allowing me to see down the long sweep of the valley to a silver-grey loch in the distance. I could make out the circle of trees that marked the location of the standing stones, the cherry picker cranes carrying the enormous lights that pretend to be a dim Scottish sun. I even spotted a few black figures, unrecognisable in wet weather gear, moving slowly around. The crew would be cold and wet and only halfway through their day and I felt so fortunate to have the time off. As quickly as they had parted, the clouds closed again and I was alone. It was time to get down, in case the weather got worse and I lost my way.”
Because dramatic behind-the-scenes footage may leave fans questioning the fate of one of the show’s main characters.
Outlander star Sam Heughan’s character, Jamie, can be seen in a tense exchange with Native Americans while filming in Cumbernauld.
The footage comes after Season 4 filming revealed Caitriona Balfe‘s Clare could be in serious danger after being spotted on set.
Scots fans went wild when the show’s most recent Scottish filming locations were revealed.
Heughan can be seen in the clip surrounded by Native Americans brandishing spears and guns as the camera crew take up position.
It looks like a dangerous stand off with the natives as a rifle is pointed at his head in the middle of the woodland.
Production rolled into Cumbernauld Glen last month with viewers spotting a sign posted announcing the filming.
One glam fan even turned up on set in a bid to catch the Scots hunk’s eye with her racy get-up.
Last month, Richard Rankin, who plays Roger Wakefield in the hit series, was spotted in Falkland, Fife, where the village was given a retro makeover
New Outlander episodes have been rumoured to be set to air later this year.
And telly chiefs have also admitted they’re in talks over the future of the hit drama.
In what proved to be a tender moment on Season 3 of Outlander, Jamie (Sam Heughan) offered himself to Lord John Grey (David Berry) to ensure the safety of his son, Willie. Although the scene was well done given its complexity – Grey is a closeted soldier while Jamie was sexually abused in Season 1 – Berry admitted it was challenging to pull off in such a short time frame.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Berry revealed the sex offer was tricky for him and Heughan, and required a few rewrites to get perfect. Berry explained how they wanted viewers to buy into the idea that Jamie would do everything in his power to keep Willie safe, even if that meant essentially getting raped by Grey. In the books, the scene in question takes place over several chapters. The show, however, had to condense that down to a few quick scenes, which made everything more complicated.
“It was important for both Sam and I to endow Jamie’s proposal with as much sincerity as possible so that we could then subvert the expectations of the audience when Grey rejects him. And for Grey it was important for the rejection not to seem cruel but come from a place of honor and compassion for Jamie,” Berry shared. “This helps the audience to understand the depth of their friendship. Grey loves Jamie but would never abuse or transgress his friendship with Jamie for his own selfish purposes.”
Speaking of Jamie’s sacrifice for his son, Outlander executive producer Matthew B. Roberts recently opened up about casting Clark Butler for the role. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Roberts explained how it didn’t take long for them to cast Willie and how they were not looking for somebody who resembled Jamie. Instead, they picked an actor who was best for the character, and Butler immediately stood out above the rest.
Roberts also revealed that casting has undergone a lot of changes over the past few years. Most of the casting is now done online, and the entire crew can review auditions on their own time. Fortunately for Butler, everyone quickly agreed that he was the perfect fit for the role.
While Butler did a great job as Willie in episode four, titled “Of Lost Things,” we won’t be seeing much of his character for the remainder of the season. Willie was part of a handful of characters who were quickly introduced and sent away during the installment, including Isobel Dunsany, Geneva Dunsany – whom Jamie slept with to keep his identity safe – and Lord Ellesmere.