Outlander star Sam Heughan backed Scottish independence - and said working on the hit show made him appreciate his own country.

Sam, 40, started working on the show in 2013 after years of working in London and America, during which time he considered himself to be British.

He said he previously felt Scotland was "twee" but now considers it to be "resource rich" with its own language, culture and history.

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Sam said: “Growing up when we did, Scotland was stuck in a shortbread tin kind of world.

"It did feel kind of twee.

"Certainly going to London and America...I never felt Scottish till I went to other places and people start seeing you as Scottish.

"But I tried to do what I think all actors try to do and immerse myself in another country and try to fit in.

“But then coming back to work on Outlander I just realised what an incredible country it is and how much I love it.

“There’s so much to explore and it’s just on our doorstep.

"I think it’s a great wee country and so interesting and not black and white.

"People think it’s one thing or another.

“On the whole thing about independence and stuff, it’s not about being anti-British at all.

"I’m very proud to be British, but I’m also extremely proud to be Scottish.

"It’s such a great wee country and has a great opportunity.

"I’d love to see it work and to remain in Europe.

"It’s how we’re all going to survive...this world is going to survive if we work together."

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He was speaking on The Cultural Coven podcast.

Podcast Host/Actress Nicola Roy added: “My desire for independence is not anti-anything. I feel we’re a resource-rich country.

"It’s about having a bit of belief in ourselves again.

"I want a neighbour, not a ruler.”