Outlander actor Sam Heughan backs a Yes vote

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 17:04 on 17 July 2014.
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ONE of the stars of the new U.S. tv series that is being made in Cumbernauld has backed a ‘Yes’ vote in September’s referendum on whether or not Scotland should separate from the United Kingdom.

Sam Heughan, one of the stars of the eagerly-awaited American fantasy show Outlander, has publicly announced that he is backing a ‘Yes’ vote in September’s referendum, and said he would be “thrilled” to live in an independent Scotland.

Heughan, 34, from New Galloway, trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, and has appeared in TV productions such as Doctors and River City. He will star in the new Outlander series as the character of Jamie Fraser when it airs in the U.S. on September 8th.

The much-anticipated series will span sixteen, one-hour long episodes, and will follow the story of Claire Randall, a nurse from 1946, who is mysteriously swept back in time to the mid-1700s. 

The show has been filmed on location throughout Scotland, but Cumbernauld’s former Isola warehouse became the new base for the show’s production last year when production companies Left Bank Pictures, Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company, and Sony Pictures Television took over the premises to turn Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling series of seven books into a new television series.

Talking about his reasons for backing Scottish independence, actor Sam Heughan said he would be “thrilled” to live in an independent Scotland where decisions about Scotland’s future were in “Scotland’s hands”.

He said:: "If we vote Yes, I think the rest of the world will admire us a new, young and exciting Scotland. And we can begin building a better Scotland."

Blair Jenkins, chief executive of Yes Scotland welcomed the actor’s support, saying Heughan’s support added to a “growing line” of well-kent faces who are supporting independence.

Mr Jenkins said: "I am delighted by the endorsement of the talented Sam Heughan who is the latest in a long and growing line of figures from the creative arts backing the independence campaign."
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