Outlander actor Sam Heughan has shared his delight at getting back to work after the long-running strike in Hollywood came to an end.
US actors union Sag-Aftra has come to a ‘tentative’ agreement with studio bosses to end the historic 118-day strike.
In an announcement on Wednesday, the union said the longest walkout in it’s history will end at 12.01am US Pacific time on Thursday following a “unanimous vote”.
The union, which represents around 160,000 members of the industry, downed tools on July 14, causing major disruption to Hollywood productions.
In September the Writers Guild of America (WGA), which represents more than 11,000 members, agreed to a deal with studio bosses after 146 days on the picket line over issues of pay and the threat of artificial intelligence.
The deal comes after the union’s negotiating committee spent days deliberating over several items it deemed “essential”.
And now Scots actor Sam, who plays Jamie Fraser in hit show Outlander, shared his delight at being able to get back on set as filming for the last ever season of Outlander gets underway.
Sharing a picture of him and his on-screen wife Caitriona Balfe, who plays Claire Fraser, he wrote: ” The strike is over!!Delighted to be able to work, promote and talk about Acting again…@outlander_star @meninkiltsstarz #TheCoupleNextDoor.”
As well as the second part of Outlander series seven due to launch next year, Sam has other projects going on too including his new series of Men In Kilts with Graham McTavish and also starring in the new Channel 4 drama The Couple Next door.
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Other stars of the industry also shared their delight at the news.
This Is Us star Mandy Moore said on her Instagram story: “Let’s get back to work, friends!”
She added: “Thank you @sagaftra negotiators and leadership for getting us over the finish line!!! Gratitude is the attitude!!
“And grateful to all those who walked the walked (picketers, strike captains, our fellow union brothers and sisters etc),” she added.
Appearing on the red carpet at the premiere of The Iron Claw, US actor Zac Efron said: “Incredible, I’m so happy that we’re all able to come to an agreement, let’s get back to work, I’m so stoked.
“I literally just found out a minute ago so this is great news, congrats everybody we did it, love you guys, let’s go.”
Meanwhile, US actor Alec Baldwin captioned a celebratory Instagram video: “Congratulations to each and every person, on both sides, who are responsible for this great occasion.”
Oscar-winner Jamie Lee Curtis wrote on her Instagram story “Perseverance pays off!”, while Stranger Things actor Noah Schnapp said “We did it!!!!” and Abbott Elementary creator-turned-star Quinta Brunson wrote: “Oh, we’re very back.”