10 Times Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe Gave ‘Outlander’ Fans Serious Couple Vibes


  • Outlander stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe have never dated.
  • But their insane chemistry has led some fans to ship them in real life
  • They may have never dated, but they often give Outlander fans serious couple vibes.
Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe attend The Paley Center for Media's 32nd Annual PALEYFEST LA "Outlander" at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2015 in Hollywood, California
Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Outlander stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe have played the madly-in-love on-screen couple Jamie and Claire Fraser since 2014. The chemistry between the two is so palpable, fans have been desperate for them to get together in real life.

That’s not going to happen, though, since Balfe is happily married to music producer Tony McGill. And the couple just welcomed their first child this summer. Still, Heughan and Balfe continue to flirt during interviews and on social media. And fans can’t get enough. Here are 10 times that Heughan and Balfe gave Outlander fans serious couple vibes.

10. Sam Heughan misses his ‘Outlander’ co-star when they aren’t working together

Both Heughan and Balfe have expressed how “lucky” they both are to have each other as their Outlander co-star. The 41-year-old Scot told Popsugar that he and Balfe “get on very well.” He added that she’s “extremely talented and an extremely nice person, and we have a lot of fun.”

“Actually, having scenes away from her, and time apart from her, is kind of like losing someone in your family. A loved one. It’s very strange, and I don’t enjoy it. Whenever we’re together it feels right, and I look forward to the days when we get to work together again,” Heughan said.

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9. They are in this together

Heughan once revealed the secret behind his bond with Balfe during an interview with Express. He explained that he and Balfe “have always insisted we were in this together. The relationship and partnership.”

8. Posing together on the red carpet

When Balfe and Heughan walk the red carpet at events, they often do it together instead of with their significant others. That means that the internet is filled with photos of Balfe and Heughan posing together, sometimes with their arms around each other. Other times Heughan will plant a kiss on Balfe’s cheek. But the images that really give fans serious couples vibes are the ones where they look at each other.

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7. Sam Heughan beats Caitriona Balfe at tennis

In a 2017 Twitter post, Heughan shared a selfie of him and Balfe on the tennis court, after he seemingly beat her in a match. Heughan had a huge smile on his face while Balfe flipped the bird to the camera. In the caption, Heughan wrote, “New Balls Please! I’ll let @caitrionambalfe tell you the score…#AnyOneForTennis #CallMeJamieMurray.”

6. Caitriona Balfe interrupts Sam Heughan’s AMA with ‘Outlander’ fans

In 2015, Heughan celebrated reaching 200,000 Twitter followers with a special 20 question “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session. That’s when Balfe asked, “@SamHeughan what is your favorite thing about your TV wife ????”

In response, he wrote, “@caitrionambalfe My favorite thing…?? That she promised to buy me an expensive watch if she wins GG.. Right?!? #Cait4TheWin #AskSam.”

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5. The ‘Outlander’ stars had instant chemistry

Balfe told The Wrap’s Drinking with Stars that the chemistry between her and Heughan was “quite instantaneous in a sense” when they met for the Outlander screen test. She said he “put her at ease” right away because “he’s just that kind of solid, grounded guy.”

“When I first met Sam at our chemistry test, which I always think is quite funny, he was the nicest guy and he just put me at ease. I was a little nervous and he’s just that kind of solid, grounded guy.

We had one day in London and we took this big, long walk in Hyde Park, and it was great. We just talked about our lives and sort of about the characters and what we thought and that day I was like, ‘This is going to be great. I feel like I’ve got a really solid friend and amazing costar.’ So, I knew it was going to be good stuff.”

4. Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe have each other’s backs

Heughan once told Elle that he likes Balfe because she’s a great actress, a great friend, and a great advice giver.

“We have each other’s backs. It’s a remarkable journey that we’ve been on, starting this together, being thrown in the deep end and being like, ‘Okay! We’re going to do this together.’ It’s a nice bond and I think people are fascinated by it, in a weird way — I know the fans are. We respect each other and have got each other’s backs. I’m very fortunate that we have that, it’s great.”

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3. Caitriona is nominated for a Golden Globe for ‘Outlander’

Balfe scored a Golden Globe nomination in late 2017 for her work on Outlander. And when Heughan congratulated her, she replied by thanking her “tele-hubby” for helping her get her “golden ticket.”

A few weeks later — when Balfe was on her way to the Golden Globes in January 2018 — Heughan wished her luck on Twitter. She responded with a series of kissy face emojis.

2.  Caitriona Balfe calls Sam Heughan ‘dirty boy’

The banter between Heughan and Balfe on social media is where the real magic happens. Balfe once posted a pic of Heughan from the Outlander set that saw the actor covered in blood, sweat, and dirt. In the caption, she tagged her co-star and simply wrote, “Dirty, dirty boy.”

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1.  ‘Outlander’ NSFW Valentine’s Day celebration

When Outlander posted a video of Balfe and Heughan talking about Jamie and Claire’s romance on Valentine’s Day 2018, things got a little NSFW.

In the video, Heughan jokes that one romantic thing Jamie gave Claire was a pearl necklace. And when he shared the video on Twitter, Heughan wrote in the caption “Pearl necklace, anyone?” In response, Balfe wrote, “RUDE !!!”

Season 6 of Outlander will premiere on Starz in February 2022.