Outlander leading man Sam Heughan has revealed another of his lesser known talents he indulges in while out of the limelight.
Sam, 42, revealed his secret passion while speaking to BBC Radio Scotland host, Vic Galloway, about all things whisky and music as part of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society podcast ‘Whisky Talk: Malt and Music’.
He is not only a whisky fanatic known for his acclaimed blended malt, Sassenach, but loves to quaff the famous Scottish tipple while dabbling in his other passion, music.
And it turns out the Heughan is a dab hand at the trumpet and got some help from a famous musician when taking lessons as a young man.
The actor from Balmaclellan, Dumfries and Galloway, told Vic: “I play music but it is normally the people around me that are [more] into music. Trumpet and trombone… it was at school when I started and I always wanted to play the trumpet.
“They had three trumpets and one trombone and they gave me the trombone and it was this really heavy instrument instrument and you had to walk to school with it and it was cumbersome and I hated it.
“Then when I was at school doing my Higher [exams] I decided to take out a trumpet and I took my music Higher and loved it really enjoyed it and actually a quite a famous Scottish jazz musician called Eddie Severn he taught me to play and he now leads [trumpet] for the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.”
But despite getting the acting bug and his heaving filming schedule taking up much of his time Sam says he hopes to rekindle his passion for music in future.
He said: “I’ve bought a keyboard piano and I have two electric guitars now and an acoustic – can I play? I have like two chords and I keep meaning to pick them up – when I have a bit more time I will. Maybe this will inspire me after a few drams.”
Until then he as plenty to keep him busy with fans eagerly anticipating the eighth and final season of Outlander. This will consist of ten episodes, following an extended 16-episode Season 7, which is currently in production.