Caitriona Balfe

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Caitriona Balfe
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Balfe at the Outlander premiere in New York
Born(1979-10-04) 4 October 1979 (age 35)
Dublin, Ireland
OccupationActress, model
Years active2006–present
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Caitriona Balfe
Outlander premiere episode screening at 92nd Street Y in New York 03.png
Balfe at the Outlander premiere in New York
Born(1979-10-04) 4 October 1979 (age 35)
Dublin, Ireland
OccupationActress, model
Years active2006–present

Caitriona Balfe (born 4 October 1979) is an Irish actress and fashion model.


Balfe in 2002

Early life and modelling[edit]

Balfe was born in Dublin, Ireland[1][2] and grew up in the village of Tydavnet in a family of seven.[3] She started modelling at the age of nineteen after she was scouted by an agent while she was collecting money for charity at a local mall,[3][4] after a few months of working as a model in Dublin, she caught the attention of a Ford Models scout, who offered her the chance to work for them in Paris.[3] Some of her modelling career highlights include opening the 2002 Chanel Autumn/Winter Haute Couture show,[5] closing the 2002 Givenchy Autumn/Winter Haute Couture show,[6] walking in several fashion shows for notable brands:[7] twelve shows for Dolce & Gabbana, eight for Chanel and Moschino, seven for Marc Jacobs and Narciso Rodriguez, six for Etro, five for Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Max Mara, Ann Demeulemeester, and Louis Vuitton, four for Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta, Missoni, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen, and Emanuel Ungaro, and three for Rochas, Christian Lacroix, Laura Biagiotti, Cacharel, BCBG Max Azria, Sonia Rykiel, and Kenzo; doing advertising campaigns for:[7] Calvin Klein, Levi’s, Max Mara, Oscar de la Renta, Bally, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, Costume National, Bottega Veneta, Hush Puppies, BCBG Max Azria, Blumarine, Dries Van Noten, Wella, Roberto Cavalli, Victoria’s Secret, and H&M; and appearing on the cover of international editions of magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and ELLE.[7][4][8] She walked in seventy-three fashion shows in the 2002 season, ninety-six in the 2003 season, and eighty-three in the 2004 season.[7] Balfe is generally regarded as Ireland's most successful fashion model.[9][10]

Other brands she has walked the runway for include:[7] Anna Molinari, Anna Sui, Balenciaga, Céline, Chado Ralph Rucci, Chloé, Christian Dior, Diesel, DKNY, Dries Van Noten, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, Gianfranco Ferré, Hugo Boss, Hussein Chalayan, Iceberg, Issey Miyake, Jil Sander, Julien Macdonald, La Perla, Lacoste, Lanvin, Loewe, Michael Kors, Miu Miu, Nicole Miller, Paco Rabanne, Perry Ellis, Roland Mouret, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney, Valentino, Victoria's Secret, Viktor & Rolf, and Yohji Yamamoto.

Reflecting on her modelling career, Balfe commented: "Modelling wasn't a passion of mine so that made it get old kind of quickly. I was getting very frustrated."[3] She has stated that she will not return to modelling full time;[11] although she continues to do occasional modelling jobs with people she has previously worked with,[3] such as photographer James Houston, who, in 2013, featured Balfe, alongside models like Karlie Kloss, Coco Rocha, Angela Lindvall, and Anja Rubik, in his Natural Beauty series, photographing her in the Antelope Canyon.[12]


Before she started modelling, Balfe was studying Drama at the Dublin Institute of Technology, hoping to become an actress.[3][4] In 2009,[13] after an eight-and-a-half year modelling career, Balfe decided to return to her initial career choice, and moved from New York to Los Angeles.[3] Balfe has appeared in the films Super 8, as the protagonist's mother, Now You See Me, as Michael Caine's character's wife, and Escape Plan, as the CIA lawyer that hires Sylvester Stallone's character.[2][3][14]

Balfe and Outlander co-star Sam Heughan

In September 2013 Balfe was cast as the lead character, Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser, on the Starz television series Outlander, based on the novels written by Diana Gabaldon; the series premiered in August 2014. She plays a mid-20th-century nurse who is transported back in time to the war torn mid-18th-century Scottish Highlands.[15] Both the series and her performance have received critical acclaim,[16] with Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair saying "it helps immensely that Balfe is such an appealing actress, she makes Claire a spirited, principled, genuinely heroic heroine."[17] Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Balfe is "reason enough to watch; she's a confident actress who brings various shades to her character."[18] Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly stated "Balfe delivers a star-making turn."[19] James Poniewozik of Time labelled Balfe's portrayal as "wry, [and] infectiously engaging."[20] David Wiegand of The San Francisco Chronicle also praised her acting, indicating that viewers were "able to invest in Claire's growing emotional conflict between her future husband, Frank, and the strapping young Jamie because of the depth of Balfe's performance."[21]



2006The Devil Wears PradaClackerUncredited[9]
2009Picture MeHerselfDocumentary
2011Super 8Elizabeth Lamb
2011Lust LifeAubrieShort film
2012The WolfSallyShort film
2012Lost AngelesVeronique
2013Now You See MeJasmine Tressler
2013Escape PlanJessica Miller
2015The Price of DesireGabrielle Bloch


2010The Model ScoutsHerselfRunway mentor and judge;[9] cycle 2 episode 2
2012The Beauty InsideAlex #345 episodes
2014–presentOutlanderClaire Fraser8 episodes


2012–2013H+: The Digital SeriesBreanna Sheehan7 episodes


  1. ^ "Dublin-born Caitriona Balfe could be the new face of Moschino". Vogue UK. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Caitriona Balfe at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Monaghan native Caitriona Balfe tells why she made the right move". Irish Independent. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "A model life". Politico. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Chanel AW 2002 Haute Couture". Vogue. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Givenchy AW 2002 Haute Couture". Vogue. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Profile of Caitriona Balfe". Fashion Model Directory. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Photo of Catriona Balfe - Fashion Model - ID291324 - Profile on FMD". Fashion Model Directory. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c "The Model Scouts Ep 2". RTE Television. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "How To Be A Supermodel". Irish Independent. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Caitriona Balfe vows not to return to modelling". Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "PHOTO STORY: Caitriona Balfe, Arizona Slot Canyon". Milk Made. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "€240,000 Of Lost Wages In Italy And A Year To Pay In LA". The Model Alliance. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  14. ^ Caitriona Balfe at Rotten Tomatoes
  15. ^ "Caitriona Balfe Gets The Lead In Starz’s ‘Outlander’". 11 September 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "OUTLANDER: SEASON 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "Outlander Refuses to Define Itself, and That’s a Good Thing". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "'Outlander': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "Outlander (2014)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "REVIEW: Outlander Is Many Kinds of Show, All in One Kilt". Time Magazine. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  21. ^ "'Outlander' review: Double lives, just 200 years apart". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 

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