Did ‘Outlander’ Stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe Ever Date?

Outlander stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe have been steaming up screens as Jamie and Claire Fraser for five seasons. Their undeniable on-screen chemistry has made them one of the hottest couples on television.

Which makes many fans curious about their relationship in real life. Did Heughan and Balfe ever date?

Outlander actors Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall) and Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) attend the Season Two World Premiere at the American Museum of Natural History on April 4, 2016
‘Outlander’ stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan | Randy Brooke/FilmMagic

The ‘Outlander’ stars had instant chemistry

According to Balfe, the chemistry between her and Heughan was “quite instantaneous.” She says that her on-screen husband “put her at ease” immediately because “he’s just that kind of solid, grounded guy.”

However, when recalling their first meeting during a recent Instagram Live, Heughan did admit that they were both a bit shy and nervous.

“We were in the stables and you came in and we had no idea what we were getting ourselves in for,” Heughan said. “We were both a little shy and nervous and had no idea and it was just, this is gonna be my telly wife for the next five, six years!”

Sam and Caitriona love to gush about each other

Playing husband and wife on-screen since 2014 has meant that Heughan and Balfe spend a lot of time together. It’s clear, though, that they enjoy working together because all they can do is gush about each other during interviews.

“Sam’s just so kind. He’s a really good friend. He always checks in. I don’t know, he has one of the biggest hearts and smallest egos that I know. I feel very lucky,” Balfe once said about her co-star, according to Hello! Magazine.

Heughan agreed, saying that “Caitriona and I get on very well, and I’m very lucky. She’s extremely talented and an extremely nice person, and we have a lot of fun.”

The ‘Outlander’ stars have never dated

Despite all of their chemistry and the fact that they get along so well, fans will be disappointed to find out that the Outlander stars have never dated. Fans who’ve been shipping the couple to get together have to let that dream die, too, because Balfe is a happily married woman.

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The actor married music producer Tony McGill in August 2019, and Heughan was there to witness it. We don’t know who Heughan’s “plus one” was for the occasion because he is extremely private about his love life. Heughan is currently single and has never confirmed a romance with anyone during his time on Outlander.

Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe are ‘great friends’

Can a man and a woman be just friends? According to Heugh and Balfe, the answer to that question is “absolutely yes.” The duo may have never been romantically involved, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have “an amazing bond.”

“We’re not together,” Balfe told E! News. “It’s funny. We’ve always said from the get-go that we’re incredibly great friends. And to have that friendship and that closeness and to be able to get along as we do on set, it’s great that we’re able to get along that well.”

The ‘Outlander’ star is too focused on his career to be in a relationship

Heughan doesn’t talk about specifics when it comes to his love life. But he has admitted that Jamie and Claire’s love would be something he’d like to have in his own life. He admits, though, that finding the right woman hasn’t been easy because of his demanding career.

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“The love that Jamie has for Claire — it would be amazing to find something like that myself. Certainly, relationships are hard when you’re working in Scotland 10 months a year,” Heughan explained. “I travel a lot and any downtime I have, I’m trying to do other projects, so very much, my career comes first. Maybe I will find someone eventually.”

Outlander seasons 1 through 5 are available on the Starz app. Season 6 will premiere in February 2022.