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Kirsten McStay

Outlander's Sam Heughan 'was born to play Jamie Fraser' in hit show, says producer

He's played Jamie Fraser since the show aired back in 2014, and now a producer of the hit show Outlander has said that Sam Heughan was "born to play the role". In a clip from the Outlander : Season 6 Collector's Edition, Maril Davis opened up about the cast and how Scots star was the only man for the job when the casting process was in full swing.

She said: "I remember we were at our offices in Pasadena. You're watching tapes and on the first round of casting, Sam's audition tape came up and we watched it, and we all realised in that moment that this was our Jamie.

Maril said that the casting crew didn't think they would find 'their Jamie' but were delighted when Sam ticked all the boxes. She added: "And all along we assumed we'd never find him. It was like a needle in a haystack... he just popped out right away!"

Maril Davis (fourth from left on the back row) with the cast and crew of Outlander (Jeff Spicer/Getty)

Speaking about when the producers first became aware of Sam, Maril said: "He wasn't anyone that any of us had seen before. We instantly knew he had the charisma, he had the charm, he had the humour to play Jamie. Then we did a video conference with him and immediately, he just jumped off the screen.

She added: "Sometimes in this life, there are certain actors out there who were born to play certain parts and Sam Heughan was born to play Jamie Fraser.”

And now as the show is about to air it's seventh series in the new year, Sam recently spoke out about how Jamie Fraser might look a bit different in a recent Amazon Audible interview with host Hollie Newson.

Sam had been talking about how he hopes for a role in The Lord of the Rings franchise one day, as he said: “I’m still desperate to be an elf or a dwarf. So if The Rings of Power are still casting, I’m available! I’ve even got a ginger wig if they’re interested.”

Sam Heughan has played Jamie Fraser since 2014 (Starz)

Audible host Holly Newson replied: “I can imagine you as an elf.” Sam then said: “Thank you. Well, I may have had some prosthetics done at some point.

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