Outlander star Sam Heughan opens up on hellish midge battles while filming show

Sam Heughan said he was a 'midge magnet' while on the set of Outlander
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Outlander's Jamie Fraser knows all about war, having fought in the 1745 Jacobite uprising and the American Revolution a few decades later. But Sam Heughan, the actor who plays the Highland hero, has revealed that his biggest battle has been with midges.

Sam revealed that the bloodthirsty beastie seems particularly attracted to him while on set, and he regularly struggled when faced with swarms of the persistent pests.

Speaking previously to travel website Wanderlust with his Outlander co-star, Graham McTavish, he said that the impudent insects had a penchant for getting under his wig.

And the acting pals - who filmed travelogue Men In Kilts together before penning a book about the experience, Clanlands - agreed that Sam was a "midge magnet".

Sam said: "On Outlander we have to deal with them a lot. We've discovered that midges like warm places that are slightly moist - they love to get under my wig and then your life is hell.

"They just live in your wig, which is pretty nasty. But on this shoot it was possibly even worse. I think they saw us coming. But Graham seems to be curiously not affected at all."

A jovial Graham responded: "I think just my sheer rage was enough to deter them." But he went on to say that the bugs "feasted on his co-star, adding: "I mean, I would look around and there would be this cloud around his head - sometimes look like he was having a fit."

Graham added: "You know when they're showing the beautiful vistas of Scotland on TV, the camera lenses are covered in clouds of midges."

Sam detailed how these biting insects pose a major issue on set, noting that there are moments during shoots where they are "just eating you alive". He added: "You're trying not to think about it or react. As soon as they call cut, I've seen myself and my co-stars just go crazy. It's like, 'Argh!'"

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