Sam Heughan supports young actors at his old drama school

Sam Heughan has returned to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he graduated from in 2003, to announce his funding of  a new scholarship programme and a scriptwriting competition in his name.

Outlander news from Private Tours Edinburgh.
Heughan, who has pledged to support the separate initiatives for the next 10 years, returned to the RCS to launch the schemes.

Two Scottish students will receive financial support to take up places on the RCS acting degree course while a non-Scottish student will receive financial help to take up a place on any course in the school of drama, dance, production and film every year.

Heughan will also be bankrolling the launch of a new scriptwriting award later this year. The RCS said it would be encourage the development of emerging artists across the various art forms and disciplines it embraces.

Sam Heughan stars as Jamie Fraser in TV’s Outlander series .

Heughan, who was born in Balmaclellan in Dumfries and Galloway, was brought up in New Galloway, but relocated with his family to Edinburgh when he was 12. He landed his first stage role while he was studying at the RCS, in Outlying Islands at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.

He appeared in the TV shows Midsomer Murders, River City and Doctors, and played Tennent’s Lager founder Hugh Tennent in a series of adverts, before landing the role of Jamie Fraser in Outlander in 2013. Filming on a sixth series was recently completed, with a seventh already commissioned


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