Outlander star Sam Heughan given Tennent’s Golden Can award

The Dumfries and Galloway born star of hit series Outlander has become the latest Scottish icon to be given the Tennent’s Golden Can award.

Published 6th Nov 2017
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Sam Heughan, who was also the face of Tennent’s eccentric founder Hugh Tennent in their 125th anniversary ad campaign, started out with roles in River City and Rebus, before his career sky rocketed after he landed a role in Outlander, a US cult-TV show turned global hit.

The actor was in Glasgow on Sunday (5 November) to present an award at the BAFTA Scotland Awards with his Outlander co-star Caitriona Balfe at the Radisson Blu, and said he was "delighted" to receive the award from Tennent's.

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The Golden Can is awarded to the "most deserving Scottish icons across the globe in film, TV, comedy, music, sport and all other areas of Scottish culture", with Tennent's saying they are looking to celebrate individuals who have "raised the bar both at home and beyond" as part of its recent campaign to serve the people of Scotland.

Sam is now in the company of other cultural legends like Irvine Welsh, Mark Millar, Biffy Clyro, and Karen Gillan in the Golden Can Hall of Fame.

On receiving the award, Sam Heughan said: “Thank you to Tennents…I’m delighted to be awarded this as an ambassador for Scotland. Playing Hugh Tennent, the founder of the Tennent’s Wellpark Brewery was a great honour for me.

"To be a representative of Scotland and Scottish culture is a great honour, so I’ll raise a glass to Tennent’s and Scotland.”

Alan McGarrie, head of UK brand marketing at Tennent’s, said: “The Golden Can is all about identifying heroes of Scottish culture, and Sam has been flying the flag for Scotland across the globe with the success of Outlander.

“We hope that playing the role of our legendary Hugh Tennent in 2010 helped him along the way to Hollywood and we couldn’t be prouder. Sam has well and truly earned his place in the Golden Can Hall of Fame.

“As always, we want to know on our social channels which Scottish hero you think deserves our Golden Can award next.”

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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