Outlander Sam Heughan was named after a famous book character

Outlander Sam Heughan was named after a famous book character

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Sam Heughan will be reprising his role as Highlander Jamie Fraser in season seven of Outlander later this year.

However, before then, fans of the 43-year-old Scottish star can catch him in his latest project, the romantic comedy-drama Love Again.

Sam stars opposite Hollywood star Priyanka Chopra Jonas and singer Celine Dion making her acting debut.

Does Outlander star Sam Heughan have any siblings?

Yes, Sam has one brother called Cirdan who is named after The Lord of the Ring character Círdan, an elf in J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy trilogy.

Both Cirdan and Sam were named after characters from The Lord of the Rings with the Outlander star’s namesake being hobbit Samwise Gamgee, who was Frodo Baggins’ faithful friend.

Sam opened up on The Kelly Clarkson Show back in 2021 after the host and singer asked if it was true where the origins of their names.

Sam said: “Yes, you’re digging me into a hole here. My brother is named Cirdan and if those Lord of the Rings fans that are out there, they might recognise it.

“He was, I believe, the elf that took all the elves from Middle Earth to wherever the elves go at the end of the books. He was the shipwright and that’s his character.

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“And my name, obviously, my nickname was Sam, Samwise. I wasn’t christened that, but yes.”

Clarkson told him: “It’s a classic book.” Sam replied his parents were “probably hippies”.

The SAS: Red Notice star has previously remained fairly private but did open up about his childhood and upbringing in his book Waypoints: My Scottish Journey which was published last year.

Sam and Cirdan were raised by their mother Chrissie after their father left the family home when the actor was just three years old.

They did eventually meet with their estranged father but sadly he died from Leukemia in 2014, not long after reconnecting with his sons.

Cirdan was previously diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2008 but later got the all-clear, Hello! reported.

Much like his sibling, Cirdan also enjoys travelling and an active, outdoor lifestyle and often shares images on his Instagram account from his various cycling trips including going to Skye and Ben Lomond.

Outlander season 7, part 1 starts on June 16 on Lionsgate+ and airs weekly and seasons 1 to 6 are streaming on Lionsgate+

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