AS Caitriona Balfe marks three years in the role that has catapulted her to stardom here we mark her five best moments in Outlander
THIS week marks the third anniversary of Caitriona Balfe joining the cast of Outlander to star as time-traveling combat nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall.
From the first episode, it was clear Balfe was the perfect choice to play the hard-headed, soft-hearted character, Claire.
To celebrate, here’s a look back at some of Balfe’s most memorable moments from the last three years.
The time she fixed Jamie’s dislocated shoulder
This scene cut straight to the heart of Claire’s character. She had been tossed through time, attacked by Black Jack Randall, hauled to a strange cabin by a violent (albeit loveable) ruffian, and still had the presence of mind to properly set Jamie’s shoulder. Because at the heart of it, Claire is a healer first.
It was a beautiful episode in its entirety. The dress, of course, was stunning, and the private moments between Claire and Jamie were by turns tender and humorous. But perhaps the most poignant scene was the moment she stood staring at her two wedding bands, a bittersweet reminder of all she had lost and all she had gained.
Any time Claire sassed Dougal
Whether she was knocking him over the head with a handy object or giving him a sound tongue lashing, she stood her ground and refused to back down.
In this episode, fans had the opportunity to witness Claire without her hard veneer as she crumbled at the heartbreaking loss of her baby girl. Vulnerable and without such hard edges, she seemed a much more relatable person.
When Claire says goodbye to Jamie
Her agony at their parting – for what she believes is the final time – is clear, as is the fact that she knows she has no choice but to go back through the stones to an uncertain future. A heartrending moment indeed, and Balfe brought it to life on screen in a way that left her fans’ hearts hurting, as well.