Caitriona Balfe is not a well known name as an actress but that might soon change with her new, highly anticipated television series 'Outlander' in which she plays the starring role of of Claire Randall, a World War II nurse who is transported to Scotland in 1743 and placed with a roughneck group of Scottish rebels. She is very well known as a high-profile model who has appeared in several projects such as "Escape Plan" but this role represents a major breakthrough for the beautiful actress/model.
In a interview with the New York Daily News she revealed that she finds the role very interesting as her character is forced to adapt after bring transported to 1743 and become very resourceful, something that she believes her character's life as a WWII nurse has made possible and which likely would not be feasible if she were a 1940s housewife.
The role provides Caitriona Balfe with the opportunity to show her dramatic range as she is faced with a unique romantic dilemma in that she begins to fall in love with Jamie, the 1743 Scottish rebel even though she is still thinking of ways to return to her 1940s husband Frank with whom she is still in love.
Fans and entertainment observers sense that this role will be great for her as there are some similarities to her time as a model which she has been able to draw on for her character, Claire Randall. For example, when she was a model she moved from Ireland to France despite not speaking a word of French and thus at times felt like a fish out of water. The same feeling was likely experienced by her character who is transported from World War II to Scotland in 1743.
Get ready for the emergence of Caitriona Balfe, an actress on the verge of becoming a household name.