Outlander star Sam Heughan praises fans as the 'world's hardiest'

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Outlander star Sam Heughan has praised the show's fans as the "hardiest in the world" as they braved the Scottish weather to meet him.

The actor and his co-star Caitriona Balfe were mobbed for selfies by waiting outside the Bafta Scotland awards in Glasgow.

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan playing Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser in the TV series Outlander. Picture: Nick Briggs

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan playing Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser in the TV series Outlander. Picture: Nick Briggs

He also greeted Line Of Duty star Martin Compston on the red carpet, who said he would "see him later in the bar".

Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser in the historical time travel drama, told the PA news agency: "They are the hardiest fans in the world - the brave all the climates - all weathers."

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His co-star said: "They are amazing, they're always so passionate and so supportive so it's amazing to see."

She added: "It's so good to be here to celebrate all the Scottish talent and to see how rich the Scottish industry is at the moment."

Heughan, who is from the village of Balmaclellan in Dumfries and Galloway, praised the talent of his native country.

"There was so many great films, great TV out this here year, it's nice to be on home soil," he said.

Speaking about the latest season of Outlander, he said: "Season five - we're almost finished so it will be out soon.

The pair, along with fellow Outlander stars Richard Rankin and Sophie Skelton, presented the best director award at the ceremony at the Doubletree Hilton hotel.