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I laughed out of fear in carriage crash on Outlander set, says Caitriona Balfe

Elaine McCahill

Published 23/12/2015 | 07:26

Caitriona Balfe
Caitriona Balfe

Period dramas can be tricky to film - and Caitriona Balfe knows this better than most after she was involved in a crash with a horse and carriage.

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The Monaghan actress is currently filming the second season of historical drama Outlander and said the incident was "scary".

Balfe plays Claire Randall, a World War Two nurse who, after an encounter with some mysterious ruins, is transported back to 1743, when some Scots were rebelling against English rule.

Despite being married to a man called Frank in the 20th Century, she falls for a sexy Highlander named Jamie Fraser and they get married.

Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, right, and Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser,
Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, right, and Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser,

Swerve

When asked if there were any funny moments on set, Balfe said the only way to deal with the terrifying incident was to laugh.

"I think when I laughed the hardest was probably out of fear when the carriage I was in nearly sort of did a one-wheeled swerve around a corner," she said.

"It just sort of slides over, goes up on one wheel and pops the kerb.

"All I could do was sit in the back and laugh, but it was kind of out of terror."

The 36-year-old has attracted critical acclaim for her performance and was recently nominated in the Best Actress in a Drama category at the Golden Globes.

She will be up against Viola Davis from How to Get Away With Murder, Eva Green from Penny Dreadful, Taraji P Henson from Empire and Robin Wright from House of Cards for the award.

"Just about picked my jaw off the floor," she said in response to the nomination.

Earlier this year, the brown-haired beauty won Best Actress in a Television Series at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films' Saturn Awards.

She also won an Entertainment Weekly award and was nominated in the Rising Star category at the IFTA Film and Drama Awards.

Season two of Outlander is set to air on American network Starz early next year.

The next season of the show will follow the duo in 18th Century France as they get ready to become parents in foreign surroundings.

"I think that having to figure out as a couple how they remain connected and keep their bond strong in the face of all these different adversities, I think that's kind of the main theme of the second season," Balfe revealed to rapt fans at the San Diego Comic Con recently.

"Obviously, they're struggling with the idea of becoming parents in a place that's not their home."

Despite the challenges facing her character, Balfe said she relates to Claire's strong-spirited personality.

"I would like to think I have the same wild nature that Claire has," she said.

"I think I know how to keep my mouth shut more than her, but I don't know if that's true."

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