Bill Paterson ‘amazed’ by Scottish Bafta’s Outlander snub

Bill Paterson at the Scottish Baftas yesterday. Picture: Robert Perry
Bill Paterson at the Scottish Baftas yesterday. Picture: Robert Perry
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OUTLANDER star Bill Paterson has admitted he is bemused over the snubbing over the show at Scotland’s film and TV Oscars.

Bill Paterson, who was receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Scottish Baftas, praised the acting and production values of the show.

Outlander, the biggest inward investment in film and television in Scotland, has been shot extensively around the country over the last two years.

There was a major surprise when the Bafta Scotland nominations were announced when it emerged that Outlander had completely missed out.

It is yet to be shown on network television in the UK and has only been available to date via the streaming service Amazon Prime.

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Its stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe, who have won a huge global fanbase since they were cast in the show, have both being heavily touted for the Golden Globes.

Paterson, who plays lawyer Ned Gowans in the time-travel fantasy, said: “I am surprised and amazed it didn’t get any nominations.

“There is a huge amount of good acting in the show and great wonderful values in it. Sam Heughan is wonderful in it.

“It’s definitely not too American a programme, not to mention the fact of all the hundreds of people who must get work from it.”