Outlander wins two People’s Choice Awards

Scottish fantasy drama Outlander picked up two awards at the People’s Choice Awards in America on Wednesday night.

The Cumbernauld-based production won Favourite Cable TV Sci-Fi/ Fantasy Show whilst the programme’s lead actress Caitriona Balfe won Favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress.

Outlander won despite fierce competition in its category including American Horror Story, Game of Thrones, Teen Wolf and the Walking Dead.

Caitriona Balfe, who plays the lead role of Claire Fraser in the series, was up against Emilia Clarke, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Morrison.

The People’s Choice Awards are awarded based entirely on a public vote and also include awards for music and film.

A spokesperson at Creative Scotland said: “It's great news that Outlander has picked up two People’s Choice Awards. The series showcases the on screen talents of many Scottish and UK actors including Golden Globe nominees Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies, as well as the work of the fantastic crew working behind the camera, and a real opportunity to showcase Scotland’s beautiful landscapes and scenery.”

Outlander has also been nominated in three categories at this Sunday’s Golden Globes TV Series, Drama; Actress in a TV Series, Drama (Caitriona Balfe) and Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Limited Series or TV Movie (Tobias Menzies).

Commissioned by Starz/Sony, Outlander series one and two have filmed at Cumbernauld’s Wardpark Studios and on location across Scotland, over the past three years.

Filming here means the country has received its biggest ever inward investment through Film and TV with an estimated economic spend in Scotland of around £27m across the 2013-14 financial year, alone. The production spend in Scotland for 2013 was the highest ever at just over £33m, and spend for 2014 reached a peak at over £40m.

Other positive effects include:

  • Job creation: Outlander commissioned a crew of approximately 300 across props, filming and set build and over 2,000 supporting artist roles cast from within Scotland and the rest of the UK. The production provided work for Scotland’s freelance crews and work for production services and facilities companies. The industry has proven able to crew up to five productions at the same time as Outlander, showcasing the depth of the country’s crew base.
  • Creative Scotland is currently supporting the extensive Outlander trainee programme on Season 2 with an award from the Screen Skills Fund of £86,000. Outlander has also worked with Creative Skillset to develop skills and training opportunities with the production taking on 37 trainees in a variety of positions on the crew.
  • The production company has built a dedicated high end television studio and production base in Cumbernauld. This development helps to strengthen the infrastructure of provision in Scotland.
  • Outlander is broadcast on the Starz network in the US which provides a great platform for the promotion of Scottish locations, scenery and talent and is also available on AmazonPrime in the UK.

Notes to Editors

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

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