Outlander: How long have Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan known each other?

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Outlander season six is on its way and will see Claire Fraser (played by Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) continue to deal with their life and relationship in North Carolina. However, given the great chemistry between the two lead actors, some fans will be curious to know more about how they met and how long they have known each other.

How long have Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan known each other?

Fans of Starz’ time-travelling drama Outlander would likely find it hard to imagine anyone but Balfe and Heughan in the lead roles.

The actors have such great chemistry on screen, which translates to a long friendship off-camera as well.

As a result, many have been left wondering how long the pair have known each other to allow this to develop?

According to the duo Heughan and Balfe had not crossed paths before they were brought in to read for Outlander.

They were both cast in 2013, meaning they have known each other around seven years so far.

There is even a clip of their first chemistry test together as Claire and Jamie around this time.

The clip shows how well they instantly clicked, and the show’s creator Ronald D. Moore revealed it was this connection which helped get Balfe the role.

As well as this, he revealed how the pair had a good-natured friendship from the very beginning as well.

He explained: “After the scene was over, we just kind of kept the tape running a little bit.

“We just wanted to see them a little bit more relaxed and sort of interacting.

“You can see that they’re sort of awkwardly aware that the camera is still running, but nonetheless, there is enough spontaneity and genuine affection and good humour between the two of them that it spoke volumes about their potential relationship.”

The stars of the show themselves have also previously opened up about how they met and the friendship which developed between them.

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Speaking to Gold Derby back in June, Balfe revealed how she felt they had a connection right away.

She said: “It’s been such an amazing thing, we clicked instantly.

“And for whatever reason he and I, we’re very different people but we have a similarity in sort of how we approach certain things in our lives.

“Definitely how we approach work is both different and very similar, but he gives himself up a hundred percent to Jamie and he commits just a hundred percent.”

Heughan, on the other hand, recalled the time when he first met Balfe properly during an Instagram Q&A in August 2019.

The chat was in aid of the fifth anniversary of season one, and Heughan was asked about his favourite memory.

He replied: “The first time honestly was meeting you. We were in the stables and you came in and we had no idea what we were getting ourselves in for.”

“We were both a little shy and nervous and had no idea and it was just, this is gonna be my telly wife for the next five, six years!”

Outlander seasons 1-5 are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video now.

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