Caitriona Balfe (born October 4, 1979) is an Irish actress and fashion model.Balfe was born in Monaghan, Ireland. She started modeling at the age of 19 after she was scouted by an agent collecting money for charity at a local mall. She has both walked the runway and posed for many top fashion brands, including: Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, DKNY, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, H&M, Valentino, Hugo Boss, Cacharel, Armani, Givenchy, Calvin Klein and Chanel; she averaged 26 fashion shows per season in the early 2000s. She has also graced the covers of magazines such as Vogue and Elle. At the time she was scouted Balfe was studying drama at the Dublin Institute of Technology, hoping to become an actress. Balfe has appeared in in the films Super 8, Now You See Me and, alongside Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, in Escape Plan.
On September 11, 2013 Balfe was cast to play Claire Randall in Outlander by Starz. The series is based on the Outlander novels written by Diana Gabaldon. Balfe will play a mid-20th century nurse who is transported back in time to a war torn mid-18th century Highland, Scotland. She will play the lead role opposite Sam Heughan who plays Jamie Fraser, a young Scottish warrior.
Year Film Role Notes
2011 Super 8 Elizabeth Lamb
Lust Life Aubrie 9-minute short, Lynda Tarryk
2012 The Wolf Sally 25-minute short film, Dustin Thomas Cartmill
Lost Angeles Veronique Independent film by Phedon Papamichael
2013 Crush Andie Direct-to-video
Now You See Me Jasmine Trassler
Escape Plan Jessica Miller
Year Film Role Network Notes
2012 The Beauty Inside Alex #34 5 episodes; social film by Intel and Toshiba
2012–2013 H+: The Digital Series Breanna Sheehan YouTube Web series
2014 Outlander Claire Randall Starz Filming late 2013