Jamie Fraser, a strapping young Scottish clan lord with a complicated past and a disarming sense of humour, strikes up a passionate affair with Claire Randall, a married combat nurse mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. Armed with sheer grit and enduring strength, he is intelligent, principled, educated, and worldly, with a tenderness and compassion which stands out in contrast to his contemporaries. Although a natural leader of men, Jamie has no personal political ambitions or desire for battlefield glories. Instead, the escaped convict is determined to prove his innocence and remove the bounty on his head, in order to return to his family's lands of Lallybroch.
Heughan, a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, was a 2003 nominee for the Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Performance for his work in the program. His film credits include Small Moments, Alexander the Great from Macedinia, and Emulsion. His stage credits include the original role of Batman the international tour company of the DC/Warner Bros./Waterlane production of Batman Live, King John, Romeo and Juliet, The Vortex, Hamlet, Macbeth, and The Talented Mr. Ripley. His television credits include River City, Island at War, Any Human Heart, A Very British Sex Scandal, First Light, A Princess for Christmas, for which he was nominated for a Grace Award, and Doctors, for which he was nominated for the British Soap Award of 'Villain of the Year'.