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It's a curious juxtaposition but one which Heughan seems fairly relaxed about.
"You are very removed from it in Scotland," he says. Glasgow is certainly a place where they will tell you if they don't think you are anything special." Heughan laughs heartily.
Heughan is clearly happier talking about how the fortunes of the characters evolve.
"It gets a lot darker and it doesn't end well for everyone," he says, with cryptic aplomb.
"It is hard to get your head around it and I'm just going with the flow.
It is a terrific job and I'm very lucky." Already the Scot has a growing fandom dubbed the Heughliverse.
"The Heughligans are just one part of it," he interjects. There is the Caitriots and the Menziatics [fans of fellow actors Balfe and Tobias Menzies]." Others include the Outlandish Bakers who rustle up sweet treats for the cast and crew.
Unsurprisingly, Heughan has the air of a man still pinching himself at his turn of good fortune.
"There is always a part of me which is waiting for someone to knock on the door and say: 'Get out' or 'you owe us for all those clothes we've been letting you wear,'" he admits.
It would be easy to view Heughan as an overnight success, but in truth he has more than paid his dues.
He played Livingston FC footballer Andrew Murray in River City a decade ago, starred as Hugh Tennent in a series of tongue-in-cheek commercials for the lager brand and was cast as a prince in the schmaltzy TV movie A Princess for Christmas.
You get the feeling you would have a better chance of drawing blood from the stones of Craigh na Dun.