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Irish star Caitriona Balfe continues her stylish red carpet run in gothic black gown

Published 18/06/2015 | 11:04

Caitriona Balfe arriving for the screening of The Legend of Barney Thomson on the opening night of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Caitriona Balfe arriving for the screening of The Legend of Barney Thomson on the opening night of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Irish expat Caitriona Balfe continues to garner attention around the world with her elegant and reserved style.

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The 35-year-old attended the opening of the Edinburgh International Film Festival alongside Outlanders co-star Sam Heughan last night.

Caitriona Balfe arriving for the screening of The Legend of Barney Thomson on the opening night of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Caitriona Balfe arriving for the screening of The Legend of Barney Thomson on the opening night of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The brunette beauty opted for her signature low-key glamour in a fitted long sleeve gown, with minimalist sandals and patent clutch.

The Hollywood star also left her hair and makeup natural, showcasing the results of her healthy West Coast lifestyle.

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan (right) arriving for the screening of The Legend of Barney Thomson on the opening night of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan (right) arriving for the screening of The Legend of Barney Thomson on the opening night of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The Monaghan native has been applauded for her portrayal of WWII nurse Claire Beaucham in Outlander.

"Caitriona is terrific. She has so much stamina and she carries the show," Scottish actor Sam said. "She has to show up every day and just give her best."

Caitriona Balfe arriving for the screening of The Legend of Barney Thomson on the opening night of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Caitriona Balfe arriving for the screening of The Legend of Barney Thomson on the opening night of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The actor, who plays male lead Jamie Fraser in the series, admitted that some of his favourite moments during filming were the intense scenes he shot with Caitriona.

"There's some great scenes between myself and Caitriona's character Claire, especially the one by the river in Episode 10 where it's the first time you get to see us really going at each other and I enjoy that, it's really fun to do," he told entertainment site TheWrap.

Caitriona Balfe at the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015
Caitriona Balfe at the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015

While Sam has high praise for the former Victoria's Secret model, it seems the feeling is mutual between the pair.

Caitriona, who was nominated for the Rising Star award at this year's IFTAs, recently said that she immediately clicked with the Scottish actor when they first met.

Caitriona Balfe at the IFTA Awards 2015 at The Mansion House
Caitriona Balfe at the IFTA Awards 2015 at The Mansion House
Actress Caitriona Balfe attends ELLE's Annual Women in Television Celebration
Actress Caitriona Balfe attends the "Outlander" mid-season New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theater

"It was quite instantaneous," the actress said.

"When I first met Sam at our chemistry test … he was just the nicest guy.

Caitriona Balfe goes makeup free in Dublin
Caitriona Balfe goes makeup free in Dublin

"He just put me at ease, and I was a little nervous. He's just that kind of solid, grounded guy."

The show is famous for its raunchy scenes, but Caitriona assured she had no issue filming the steamy clips because she's good friends with her co-stars.

"I think it's because I trust my co-stars so much," she told Variety. "I think Sam, Tobias [Menzies] and I have just built up such great friendships that it makes it very easy when it comes to those scenes.

"As awkward and as challenging as the [love scenes] are, I think when you have people there that you trust, then it just makes them easier," she said.

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