Outlander: Sam Heughan on the first episode of series five
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Filming for Outlander series six is currently underway in Scotland and fans are eagerly awaiting the show’s arrival. Sam Heughan, who is 39 has been playing Jamie Fraser on-screen since one in 2014 and viewers have watched Jamie and Claire (played by Caitriona Balfe) over the years. What age is Jamie Fraser in the upcoming series of Outlander? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
What age is Jamie Fraser in Outlander series 6?
When viewers were first introduced to Jamie Fraser, the young Highlander was just 23-years-old.
Claire Fraser, who would go on to become his wife, was several years older just aged 26.
Seven years have passed since season one and the Outlander story has gone on.
However, the characters have aged significantly, particularly in between the second and third series which saw 20 years pass before Jamie and Claire were reunited.
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Over the years there have also been smaller time jumps, which would place Jamie and Claire in their mid-50s at the start of series five.
Speaking to The Scotsman recently, Sam Heughan shed some light on what age Jamie Fraser will be in the upcoming series.
Reflecting on his time on Outlander, Heughan said: “It normally takes us around 10 months a year to film each season. It’s not fast. The show is quite epic and film-ic. They take their time on the big set-pieces.
“But it’s not like doing a cop show where you’re on the same set every day.
“Every episode and season feels different. My character has aged as well – from 23 at the start to 50 now.”
He continued: “Outlander has been so unique. My character has been a young warrior, who has become a laird, a father, a husband and a grandfather now, he’s been in battles, he’s been abused… I’ve had so much to play.”
Jamie was born on May 1, 1721, at Lallyborch near Inverness, Scotland.
At the end of the eighth book, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, Jamie is 58-years-old.
Therefore, to place Jamie in his early 50s in series six would not be too far-fetched.
In the past, fans have been shared their frustrations online about the ages of Claire and Jamie Fraser and have pointed out inconsistencies.
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One fan posted on Reddit: “Neither Jamie nor Claire look old enough to be Briana’s (Sophie Skelton) parents.
“However, the acting sells it and they definitely feel like mom, dad and daughter. I thought all the scenes were believable and they did an excellent job showing Bree and Jamie learning one another and building a relationship and showing the mother/daughter relationship between Bree and Claire.”
A second Outlander fan, user derwain07, commented: “Now that Bree isn’t dressing in preppy teenager clothing in the 2Oth century, she looks much more a mature woman, so the age gap isn’t realistic for me.
“Jamie and Claire have never looked ‘old’ enough to have aged twenty years for me because Sam and Caitriona are both quite youthful, I think.
“The acting overall though makes it not a big deal, but I can’t help notice it.
“It did seem a little like when Bree and Jamie were off hunting bees that it was more of a big brother little sister vibe though.”
A third fan, Willravel, added: “Sophie Skelton is 24 and Brianna is supposed to be 23, having just gotten her degree. That works.
I think the art department could lean a tiny bit more into the makeup for Sam Heughan (38) and Caitriona Balfe (39) to put them more into their characters’ ages.
“Claire’s supposed to be in her mid-50s by Drums of Autumn, I think, which would put Jamie in his late 40s or early 50s.”
Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser is 39-years-old in reality and his co-star Caitriona Balfe is 41, making them significantly younger than their Outlander characters.
Speaking about the 20-year-time jump viewers saw between series two and three, executive Maril Davis told Cheat Sheet: “It’s hard to make young people look incrementally older.
“It’s obviously a little easier – and I put ‘easier’ in quotes – if you’re ageing someone up from like 30 to 80.”
Outlander seasons 1 to 5 are streaming on Starz and Amazon Prime Video now
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