Caitriona Balfe (; born 4 October 1979) is an Irish actress and model. She is best known for her performance as Claire Beauchamp in the Starz series Outlander, for which she received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama. In 1999, while studying Theatre 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, Moschino, Roberto Cavalli, Max Mara, Bottega Veneta, H&M and Oscar de la Renta over the course of the following ten years, before she returned her focus towards acting. Balfe has also appeared in films such as Super 8, Now You See Me, Escape Plan and Money Monster, and has had leading roles in The Beauty Inside, Crush, and H+: The Digital Series.