Caitríona Balfe gained worldwide fame thanks to the role of Claire Fraser in the historical series “Outlander”. For this performance, she was awarded a number of awards, and was nominated four times for the Golden Globes. Not everyone remembers today that the Irish actress began her career as a popular model.
Caitriona Balfe was born in Dublin in 1979, but raised outside the city (Tydavnet), she was the fourth of five children.
Balfe began modeling after being discovered by an agent while raising money for charity at a local shopping mall. When she was 18, after only a few months of working in Dublin, she left to pursue her career in Paris. She had the opportunity to open and close fashion shows of such prestigious brands as: Chanel, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, Alberta Ferretti and Louis Vuitton. In three years, she appeared in over 250 shows. At the height of her modeling career, Balfe was considered one of the twenty most in-demand models in the world. While living in New York, she played a minor role as a Runway magazine employee in the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada.
Caitriona Balfe: Return to acting
After a 10-year modeling career, Balfe returned to acting, which she had wanted to pursue since childhood . She moved from New York to Los Angeles. She spent the first year and a half in the city exclusively in acting classes. First at Warner Loughlin Studios, then at Sanford Meisner Center and Judith Weston Studios.
In September 2013, Balfe was cast as the lead character – Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser – in the Starz television series Outlander , based on the novels written by Diana Gabaldon. The series premiered in August 2014. The actress in the production plays the role of a nurse during World War II, who is unexpectedly transported 200 years into the past. The series earned her a British Academy Scotland Award, an Irish Film and Television Award, two People’s Choice Awards and three Saturn Awards.
Outlander: What will season seven be about?
The seventh season of Outlander will follow the events of the sixth and seventh parts of the Diana Gabaldon saga – “A Breath of Snow and Ash” and “Bone of Bone”, respectively. The plot of the latter takes place in the years 1776 – 1778. During the American Revolutionary War, Jamie ( Sam Heughan ) will find himself on the other side of the barricade than his friend – Lord John (David Berry). We also find out who killed Malva (Jessica Reynolds), and Brianna (Sophie Skelton) will have to make decisions with Roger (Richard Rankin) about where (and when) to raise the children.Reklama
Sam Heughan has briefed fans on the progress on the set of Outlander’s seventh season . Series Jamie tweeted that half of the episodes had already been filmed. Fans can expect many unique scenes in the latest series , and the episodes will be worth the wait.
The seventh season of Outlander is slated to premiere in the summer of 2023.
Caitriona Balfe in “Belfast”
Black and white “Belfast” tells the story of the Branagh family, who, during the riots that broke out in 1969, made the difficult decision to move to England. Jude Hill stars as nine-year-old Kenneth Branagh. Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Ciaran Hinds and Caitriona Balfe co-star in Belfast.
Ma (Caitríona Balfe) is the mother of Jude and his older brother Will. She is a Belfast working class mom who laughs and is quick to anger, a loving wife who doesn’t hesitate to throw a plate or two when she gets mad at her husband, and is devoted to her children. She loves the streets of Belfast where she grew up and has family and friends. She has a subtle charm that very slightly separates her from the crowd. Despite budget constraints and the availability of fashion, she manages to dress simply and casually, but stylishly.
“He’s a wonderful and quite complex character,” says Catríona Balfe. “She is a champion in her own realm and a force to be reckoned with in her close-knit community. She can handle most things, but she also has limits as she tries to look beyond the small patch she knows so well, and the fact that in her there are huge changes going on in the world, it scares her a lot.”Reklama
Ma is important to Catriona because of a similar situation in her mother’s life. “We lived close to her family, but my father was then moved to a place close to the Northern Ireland border and my mother was forced to move. So the script made me think a lot about how she felt then,” explains the actress.
“I left Ireland when I was 18 and never lived there again, so the script spoke to me very deeply – the whole idea of getting to a point in your life where you stop and look back at your childhood and the people and places that made you the way you are now. I thought it was a beautiful script and it had a very strong impact on my memories, so I can imagine how emotional it must have been for Kenneth Branagh to make this film. But he took that experience and turned it into something that is also fulfilling joy, laughter and love without missing any of the drama of the moment,” Balfe explained.