Outlander's Sam Heughan credits his 'lonely' youth in Scotland for his acting career.

Sam Heughan has disclosed that he became an actor as a result of his "lonely" upbringing in a remote part of Scotland.

The Scots actor grew up on the grounds of the neighboring Kenmure Castle, which is located just outside of New Galloway, after being born in the small village of Balmaclellan in Dumfries and Galloway.

The 43-year-old attended Kells Primary School in New Galloway prior to moving to Edinburgh, where he embraced a more urban lifestyle, when he was 12 years old.

The Outlander actor talked candidly about his experiences in a recent interview with BBC Radio's Saturday Live, recalling how he feels his dreamy yet sedate childhood influenced his choice to follow his profession.

"I would say I was perhaps a bit of a loner in some ways—maybe just because you spend a lot of time on your own," he remarked. "There were four people in my class at school."

"We were nurtured in the grounds of an old castle or in the forests, and I think that playing in those settings—alone with my imagination and taking time to unwind—really ignited something inside of me. It might also give you more motivation, in my opinion.

Sam's early connections to Scotland's legendary history date back to the 13th century, when he resided in converted stables at Kenmure Castle with his mother and brother.

The actor, who is best known for playing Jamie Fraser in the popular time-travel drama Outlander, acknowledged that he had a love of travel when he first moved to Scotland's capital. 

The Four Zodiac Signs of Men Who Will Wed in 2024

For More Webstories