Chrissie Heughan Biography

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Famously known as the mother of a famous Scottish actor, Sam Heughan, Chrissie is an artist working predominately with a hand-cast paper who also works for other art forms such as collage, mixed media, printmaking, and sculpture.   

Early Life And Career Of Chrissie Heughan

Chrissie Heughan rose to fame being a mother of the famous Scottish actors, Sam Heughan and Cirdan Heughan. She has kept information regarding her early life under the radar.

Regarding her education, she went to the Edinburgh College of Art and graduated in 1995. She then studied papermaking, printmaking, mixed media and sketchbook work from the Edinburgh College of Art.  

Further, Heughan also joined the Dumfries and Galloway College of Technology from where she earned a degree in Art and Design, Fine Art (Portfolio). Similarly, she obtained Fine Art B.A. (Hons) Drawing and Printmaking from the Edinburgh College of Art.

Chrissie Heughan’s Career

Chrissie Heughan began her career as a professional artist and freelance tutor. Further, she is an elected Professional Member of the Society of Scottish Artists.

Moreover, she was honored with several awards for her work and professional development from Creative Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, Japanese Cultural Affairs for the study of Japanese papermaking, and Worshipful Company of Founders for bronze casting.

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In 2001, Heughan was for one of six international artists to participate in the Paper Village Art Project in Mino, Japan. After six years, she became the part of Street Museum, an international exhibition in Mino and Gifu City.

Further, she is also involved in many workshops in papermaking, printmaking and mixed media across a broad spectrum of the community, for adults and children and those with disabilities. These have been for organizations and institutions such as the Fruitmarket Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, Artlink Central, and Leith School of Art, among others.  

Chrissie Heughan’s Net Worth

Chrissie Heughan has gained a decent amount of money from her professional career. However, she hasn't disclosed any information about her exact salary. As per some online sources, the average salary of artists ranges from $46,042 to $62,999. 

Chrissie Heughan’s Personal Life

As mentioned earlier, Chrissie is a mother of two popular actors Sam Heughan and Cirdan Heughan, however, there is no detailed information about their father. As per the sources, her husband abandoned his family and went to stay on an island in Canada.

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He only came back after his sons were all grown up and later died of Leukemia. Cirdan, on the other hand, had to struggle a lot to keep her kids together, to make sure they have proper food to eat and shelter to live. She even worked as a shoemaker at some point of the time.  

It is her hardwork that has paid her well now. Her both sons are in a very good place now and she is also living her dream life with them. 

Social Media

Sam Heughan is pretty active on social media. In fact, he is active on both Instagram and Twitter. As of 2020, he has around 679k followers on his Twitter account where he goes by @SamHeughan. Likewise, is also hugely popular on Instagram with around 2.6 million followers. On his Instagram, he is active as @samheughan.


  1. Chrissie and her former husband used to play in a band named Gandalf’s Garden.
  2. They were a huge fan of Lord of the Rings and named their sons after them.  
  3. She does not have a Wikipedia page yet. 


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