Friday 30 September 2016

Rising star Caitriona Balfe dazzles in white at Outlander's second season premiere

Published 05/04/2016 | 12:21

Actress Caitriona Balfe attends the
Actress Caitriona Balfe attends the "Outlander" Season 2 Premiere on April 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for STARZ)
Actress Caitriona Balfe attends the "Outlander" Season Two World Premiere at American Museum of Natural History on April 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
Actress Caitriona Balfe attends the "Outlander" Season 2 Premiere on April 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for STARZ)
Actors Caitriona Balfe (L) and Sam Heughan attend the "Outlander" Season 2 Premiere on April 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for STARZ)

She's undoubtedly the most famous Irish actress on television right now.

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Monaghan native Caitriona Balfe, who started off as one of Ireland's most successful international modelling exports, is currently starring in hit fantasy series Outlander and dressed the part of a tv star for the show's season premiere.

The former Victoria's Secret model stunned in a strapless white embellished dress from Delpozo's Spring/Summer collection and showcased her natural beauty with her trademark lob haircut and minimal makeup.

Fresh from her Golden Globe nomination for her turn as WWII nurse Claire Beaucham in the Starz drama, the popular actress said she still finds it strange when fans recognise her - especially at home.

Actors Caitriona Balfe (L) and Sam Heughan attend the
Actors Caitriona Balfe (L) and Sam Heughan attend the "Outlander" Season 2 Premiere on April 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for STARZ)

 “Last May, I was at home in Monaghan for my nephew’s communion and afterwards this woman says to me, ‘Oh, what are you doing here?’ I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ — and then I realised she must know me from Outlander.”

Balfe said she's accustomed to travelling the world for her work, having walked for Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana and is the only Irish woman to ever have a pair of Victoria's Secret wings, but wouldn't have been ready for such an intense role at that stage in her career.

“There are certain things about my life that I have drawn upon to play Claire. I have lived in many countries and been in situations where I don’t know the language or felt lost and had to adapt," she told the RTE Guide.

“That helped me a lot with playing Claire in the beginning. But I’m glad this show happened to me when it did — when I had all that life experience.

Actress Caitriona Balfe attends the
Actress Caitriona Balfe attends the "Outlander" Season 2 Premiere on April 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for STARZ)

“Do I think I would have been ready for that in my twenties? Probably not, but then things happen for a reason.”

Actress Caitriona Balfe attends the
Actress Caitriona Balfe attends the "Outlander" Season Two World Premiere at American Museum of Natural History on April 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

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