Caitriona Balfe Biography | Caitriona Balfe
Caitríona Balfe is an Irish actress and former model. She is best known for her role as Claire Fraser in the Starz drama series Outlander, for which she has won two People’s Choice Awards, two Saturn Awards, an Irish Film, and Television Award and has received four Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Drama.
In 1999, while studying drama at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, Balfe was offered work as a fashion model in Paris.
She was featured both in advertising campaigns and on runways for brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, Max Mara, Bottega Veneta, H&M, Victoria’s Secret and Oscar de la Renta over the course of 10 years before she returned her focus toward acting.
She has appeared in numerous films, including Super 8, Now You See Me, Escape Plan and Money Monster, and had leading roles in The Beauty Inside, Crush and H+: The Digital Series.
Caitriona Balfe Age
Caitríona Balfe is an Irish actress and former model. She is best known for her role as Claire Fraser in the Starz drama series Outlander, for which she has won two People’s Choice Awards, two Saturn …
Caitriona is 40 years old as of 2019. She was born on 4 October 1979, in Dublin, Ireland
Caitriona Balfe Net Worth
Caitriona Balfe net worth: Caitriona Balfe is an Irish actress and model who has a net worth of $4 million. Caitriona Balfe was born in Dublin, Ireland in October 1979. Her best-known role came starring as Claire Randall in the television series Outlander starting in 2014.
Balfe also starred as Alex #34 on the TV mini-series The Beauty Inside in 2012. From 2012 to 2013 she starred as Breanna Sheehan on the TV series H+. Balfe has starred in the films Super 8, Lost Angeles, Crush, Now You See Me, Escape Plan, The Price of Desire, and Money Monster.
In 2016 and 2017 she was nominated for Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama for Outlander. Balfe won Saturn Awards in 2015 and 2016 for Outlander and also won a BAFTA Award, Scotland in 2016 and People’s Choice Awards in 2016 and 2017.
Caitriona Balfe Career
Balfe started modeling after she was scouted by an agent while she was collecting money for charity at a local shopping center. At 19, after working as a model in Dublin for a few months, she caught the attention of a visiting Ford Models scout, who offered her the chance to work for them in Paris.
Her career highlights include opening and closing shows for Chanel, Moschino, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Alberta Ferretti, and Louis Vuitton.
Balfe also walked in multiple fashion shows for notable brands, including 14 shows for Dolce & Gabbana; eight for Chanel; seven for Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez and Moschino; 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, Alessandro Dell’Acqua and Kenzo.
Advertising campaigns featuring Balfe include those for Calvin Klein, Levi’s, Max Mara, Oscar de la Renta, Bally, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, Costume National, Escada, Bottega Veneta, Hush Puppies, Mango, Neiman Marcus, BCBG Max Azria, Blumarine, Dries Van Noten, Wella, Roberto Cavalli, Victoria’s Secret, and H&M.
She appeared in the 2002 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and on the cover of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and ELLE magazines. In a three-year period, Balfe walked in more than 250 runway shows. Often credited professionally as simply Caitriona, at the height of her career she was considered to be in the Top 20 of the most in-demand models in the world.
Other brands that she has walked in fashion shows for including 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, Viktor & Rolf, and Yohji Yamamoto.
For her work in Milan in the 2002 and 2003 seasons, Balfe earned close to $300,000 dollars, but after her Italian agency, Paolo Tomei, filed for bankruptcy, she and the other models that were represented by it lost all the earnings they had made during that time, with the agency’s financial backers allegedly keeping them.
Due to models being considered freelancers under Italian law, her lawyer discouraged her from filing a lawsuit. Years later, in 2009, working for the company BCBG, Balfe faced a similar situation, with the company first delaying its payments and then refusing to pay the models altogether alleging financial problems,
but still booking them after privately ensuring their agencies that they would be paid. Against her agency’s advice, Balfe decided to stop working for BCBG until she was returned all the money she was owed; the company eventually complied. Incidents like the aforementioned led to the creation of The Model Alliance.
Reflecting back on her career in 2013, Balfe commented: “Modelling wasn’t a passion of mine so that made it get old kind of quickly. I was getting very frustrated.” She has stated that she will not return to modeling full-time but didn’t rule out occasional jobs with people with whom she has previously worked.
While living in New York, Balfe played the minor role of an employee of the magazine Runway in the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada.
In 2009, after a decade-long modeling career, Balfe returned to her initial career choice, and moved from New York to Los Angeles, spending her first year and a half in the city exclusively taking acting classes, first at the Warner Loughlin Studios and then at the Sanford Meisner Center and the Judith Weston Studios.
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.
In 2012 she portrayed Alex #34 in The Beauty Inside, a social film divided into six episodes that narrate the story of a man named Alex (Topher Grace) who wakes up in a different body every day. In 2013 she starred in the music videos for “First Fires” by British musician Bonobo, and for “Chloroform” by the French band Phoenix, the latter directed by Sofia Coppola.
Balfe was part of the main cast of the Warner Bros. web series H+: The Digital Series during 2012 and 2013, in which she played Breanna Sheehan, one of the executives of a biotechnology company that develops an implanted computer which allows people to be connected to the Internet 24 hours a day.
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 on August 2014. She plays a mid-20th-century nurse who is transported back in time to the war-torn mid-18th-century Scottish Highlands.
Both the series and her performance have received critical acclaim, 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.”
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.” James Poniewozik of Time labeled Balfe’s portrayal as “wry, and infectiously engaging.” Angelica Jade Bastién of The New York Times called Balfe “one of the most stunning actresses on television.”
In December 2014 Entertainment Weekly named Balfe one of its 12 Breakout Stars of 2014; that month she was also voted “Woman Of The Year” at BBC America’s Anglophenia Fan Favorites tournament.
In April 2015, Balfe received Best Actress in a Lead Role Drama and Rising Star Award nominations for the 12th Irish Film & Television Awards, and was named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World”. She won Saturn Awards for Best Actress on Television in 2015 and 2016.
Balfe also received four nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for her role in Outlander.
Balfe co-starred in the film Money Monster (2016), directed by Jodie Foster and starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts. She played the head of PR of a company whose stock bottoms out, causing a man to lose all of his savings and subsequently take hostages on a live TV show.
Eric Hills of The Movie Waffler wrote “But it’s relative newcomer Balfe who leaves the greatest impression; she’s magnetic, stealing scenes even when her character is only glimpsed reacting to the situation on a background monitor. Expect to see a lot more of this Irish actress in the coming years.”
Caitriona Balfe Married, Wedding
Caitriona was born in Dublin, Ireland, and grew up in the village of Tydavnet, near Monaghan, in a family of seven; her father is a retired Garda Sergeant.
As of 2014, she was based in Glasgow, having previously lived in Los Angeles when she started acting professionally, and in New York City, Paris, London, Milan, Hamburg, and Tokyo while she worked as a model. In addition to English, she is a fluent speaker of the Irish language and is conversant in French.
She is a patron of the organization World Child Cancer. In April 2018 Caitriona ran the London Marathon raising $39,623.69 in support of the organization.
Caitriona married Scottish music producer Anthony McGill in August of 2019.
Everything to Know About Caitriona Balfe’s Super Private Relationship with Husband Tony McGill
The couple tied the knot in England last weekend
Surprise! Caitriona Balfe is married.
On Saturday, the 39-year-old Outlander star said “I do” to music producer Anthony “Tony” McGill at St. Mary’s Church in Bruton, Somerset, in the United Kingdom, multiple sources told PEOPLE. Reps for the actress did not return PEOPLE’s request for comment, but the public calendar for the church confirms a wedding for “A McGill” took place there last weekend.
Little is known about the ultra-private couple, and their wedding was appropriately low-key: PEOPLE can confirm it was a close-knit family affair officiated by Rev. Louis Beasley-Suffolk, who performed a Roman Catholic service.
It’s unclear exactly when Balfe and McGill started dating, but the earliest evidence of their romance dates back to 2015 when a friend posted a video of her sitting on his lap at a bar in Ireland on Instagram. (McGill was not tagged and does not appear to have any social media accounts of his own.)
Since then, the couple has only stepped out in public together a handful of times, including the 2016 ceremony for Jodie Foster‘s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Oscar Wilde Awards in 2017, and BAFTA-related events in 2018 and 2019.
Their most recent public appearance was at the Henley Festival, a piece of boutique music, and arts event, on July 12 in Henley-on-Thames, England. Balfe exclusively confirmed her engagement to PEOPLE at the 2018 Golden Globes in January, where she was nominated for best performance by an actress in a drama series for Outlander.
“It happened over the break,” she told PEOPLE as she showed off her engagement ring for the first time at the awards show.
“I’m very happy,” she added. In an interview with Parade last fall, Balfe briefly addressed her engagement when asked if Outlander fans had finally accepted that she and costar Sam Heughan are not a couple in real life.
“There’s a small vocal group that really wanted it, which is just a testament to the characters that we portray, that the love story is so inspiring and so aspirational that people just really wanted to believe in it,” she said. “And that’s a nice thing. But I think things are pretty clear now that I’m engaged to someone else. Everyone gets it now.”
How Many Children Does Caitriona Balfe Have?
Balfe, who has six siblings, grew up in the small town of Tydavnet, County Monaghan, Ireland.