We have our Claire, at long last!
This is Caitriona Balfe, who's just been cast as Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp Randall Fraser in the OUTLANDER TV series on STARZ!
Here's the official press release, from Diana Gabaldon's Twitter feed.
Diana Gabaldon said, "Hard to believe lightning can strike twice, but it surely did. The moment Caitriona Balfe came on screen, I sat up straight and said, ‘There she is!’ She and Sam Heughan absolutely lit up the screen with fireworks."Diana is clearly thrilled with the choice of Caitriona Balfe, and so am I. She's gorgeous, and if Diana's comments about the casting video are any indication, it sounds like she'll do a fabulous job as Claire. <g>
In case you're wondering how to pronounce her name, it's "Ka-TREE-na Balf."
I'm not concerned about the fact that she's a few inches taller than Claire. The way I see it, that will just make it easier for Claire and Jamie to look each other in the eyes, whether it's in the middle of a heated argument or in a tender embrace.
I'm sure we will be hearing much, much more about Caitriona Balfe in the coming days! If anyone has any interesting links featuring her (especially photos or videos), please feel free to post the links here or on my Outlandish Observations Facebook page.
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