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Sam Heughan Shares a Sweet Birthday Message for 'Outlander' Co-Star Caitriona Balfe!

Sam Heughan is thinking of Caitriona Balfe on her special day.

The 40-year-old actor shared a sweet message for his now 41-year-old Outlander co-star on Sunday (October 4).

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“Wishing my wonderful friend + brilliant costar @caitrionambalfe HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Strong, intelligent, passionate woman who stands for equality and democracy. Love u loads. Please join me, donate to @onetreeplanted TY to the wonderful fans who set this up!” he wrote, along with a link to a fan-created fundraiser.

Earlier in the year, Caitriona joked about what she got Sam for his birthday.

Jamie Dornan & Caitriona Balfe to Play Kenneth Branagh's Parents in a Movie About His Childhood!

Jamie Dornan and Caitriona Balfe will be starring in an upcoming movie that Kenneth Branagh is directing!

The film, which is reportedly titled Belfast, is a semi-autobiographical feature inspired by Branagh‘s childhood in Northern Ireland during the 1960s.

Jamie and Caitriona will be playing the parents of the Branagh character and Judi Dench and Ciaran Hinds have been cast as the grandparents, according to the Daily Mail‘s Baz Bamigboye.

Caitriona confirmed the casting news on Twitter and said, “I guess the cat is out of the bag!!! So delighted to be working on this special project with this amazing cast and the wonderful Kenneth Branagh. Exciting stuff!”

After the news was confirmed, Caitriona‘s Outlander co-star Sam Heughan reacted and tweeted, “What. A. CAST!!!!!!”

Last week, Caitriona had more exciting career news to share!

Caitriona Balfe Options Rights for Novel 'Here Is the Beehive' as Possible Starring Vehicle!

Outlander‘s Caitriona Balfe has secured the rights to adapt and produce a film version of the novel “Here is the Beehive” by Sarah Crossan and it possibly will be a starring vehicle for her!

The novel was published last week in the U.K. and it will be published in the U.S. in November.

Caitriona told Deadline, “I am beyond thrilled that Sarah agreed to collaborate with me to bring her exciting and compelling novel to life for the screen. I was particularly drawn to her portrayal of a flawed, complex and wounded woman, navigating a tragic circumstance somewhat of her own creation.”

Sources told the outlet that Caitriona plans on starring in the film if her schedule permits.

Sarah added, “I am delighted Caitriona Balfe has acquired the film rights to ‘Here Is the Beehive.’ Her vision is ambitious and daring as well as sensitive to the original text. I am excited to be working with her and her team over the coming months and years.”

“Here Is the Beehive” centers around Ana and Connor, who have been having an affair for three years. In hotel rooms and coffee shops, swiftly deleted texts and secretly captured weekends, they have built an insular world focused on one another. Peeling away the layers of two overlapping marriages, the book is a devastating excavation about risk, obsession and loss.

The showrunner of Outlander recently revealed some interesting details about how Caitriona was cast on the show!

These 'Outlander' Stars Are Being Considered for Emmy Award Nominations!

The 2020 Emmy Awards are coming up in September and the nominations are expected at the end of this month.

Producers of the fan favorite Starz show Outlander have submitted 11 names from season five for Emmy Award nomination consideration.

If you don’t know, each year, networks and producers from television shows submit who they want the Television Academy to consider for Emmy Award nomination consideration. We will find out who the Academy has chosen worthy of a nomination on July 28. Stars can also self-submit themselves for nominations.

Just Jared will bring you the full list of nominees bright and early that morning so stay tuned and watch along with us!

Click through the slideshow to see who the Outlander producers have submitted to the television academy for Emmy Award nomination consideration…

Caitriona Balfe Was Cast as Claire on 'Outlander' Just Days Before Production Started

There’s no other person other than Caitriona Balfe that we can imagine as Claire on Outlander.

However, it turns out that the -year-old actress was cast just days before production started on the hit Starz series.

Speaking to Collider, showrunner Ronald D. Moore opened up about early casting processes that brought us to Sam Heughan and Caitriona as Jamie and Claire.

“At the beginning, I said, ‘We’re going to cast Claire first because she’ll be the easiest to find,’” he recalled. “‘She’s a smart 20th-century British woman, and there are lots of them and we’ll find her quickly, but Jamie’s gonna be tough. How do you find the king of men? This heroic figure, this Scot?’”

Sam ended up being the first one cast for the show, with Claire still missing the actress who would play her.

“We found Sam, he was the first cast member,” Ronald revealed. “We just saw his tape and we went, “Oh my god, there he is.’ It was just like…boom.”

However, with Claire, it was a bit trickier: “We were really trying to find a very special quality. I always said that I wanted Claire to be really smart, and you had to see her thinking. And you know she had to be this really capable interesting person and she had to marry up really well with Sam.”

Then, just days before production began, Caitriona‘s self-made audition tape was discovered by producers, and after a screen test with Sam, Ronald knew she was the one.

“We didn’t find her until very late in the game, and she taped her own audition and sent it in,” he explained. “We just were like pretty certain from her tape that she was the one. And then when we saw the chemistry test, we were convinced.”

“Once we cast her she was on a plane to Scotland within a day and shooting like two days later,” he added. “I mean we were so close to the beginning of production it was really starting to scare everyone.”

Just recently, Caitriona hinted at a delay in the start of production for season six.

Caitriona Balfe Jokes About What She Got Sam Heughan for His Birthday!

Happy birthday to Sam Heughan, who turns 40 years old today!!!

The actor has been receiving birthday wishes from fans, friends, and co-stars all day today, including one from Outlander‘s Caitriona Balfe.

Caitriona posted a birthday message, and included the two joke gifts she got him!

She tweeted, “Happy Birthday to this ridiculous human being. Hope you got the nose trimmer and Zimmer frame I sent you!!! Lots of love you’re tele-wifie @SamHeughan #Big4Oooh”

If you don’t know, a zimmer frame is known as a walker in the United States. Lol!

If you missed it, see the selfie Sam snapped that had fans talking!

Caitriona Balfe Hints There Could Be A Delay In Filming Start on 'Outlander' Season 6

Caitriona Balfe is opening up about what she’s been doing while in quarantine.

In her essay with Refinery29, the 40-year-old actress hinted that the start of filming for Outlander‘s season six could be delayed.

“I was due to start filming season 6 of Outlander, but due to the shutdown we have been postponed to an as yet unknown date,” she wrote.

As of the activities Caitriona has been doing, she says that “lots of closets have been organized, lots of shelves mounted… I now have a to-do list the length of my arm.”

“I found comfort in cooking, growing, and reading,” she added. “I’ve got the beginnings of quite an impressive herb garden (the mint seems to know of my previous reputation as a mint murderer and is not playing ball) and it’s been so nice watching things grow from seeds.”

Caitriona also shared that she is “putting on music and dancing around like a lunatic for at least three songs every day…you got to let the crazy out.”

If you missed it, Caitriona stood by co-star Sam Heughan when he revealed he’s been the subject of online bullying for years.