Outlander star pays tribute to treasured fake mama Caitriona Balfe on birthday

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Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe and Sophie Skelton aren’t just one of television’s best on-screen mother-and-daughter duos – they’re close friends.

In the hit Starz series, nothing, not even time, can keep the beloved characters apart, and a break from filming the show won’t separate Balfe and Skelton either.

On Wednesday, Skelton, 29, took to her Instagram to post a sweet birthday tribute to her on-screen mom and friend.

The Brianna actress posted a heartwarming black and white photo of the pair embracing while sitting at their table at the 2022 BAFTA Scotland Awards dinner.

The snap depicts the co-stars as perfect reflections of each other.

Balfe wore a white dress to the event and tied her brunette hair back into a tight updo while Skelton wore a black dress and wore her blonde hair up in a similar fashion.

Skelton captioned her post with: “Happy birthday @caitrionabalfe. Treasured real-life friend. Treasured fake mama. Love you.”

Hundreds of fans took to the comments to praise the pair and how lovely the post was, with one fan writing: “I love this photo of you two. This magnificent photo represents your complicity and your friendship. Love you both.”

Another user added: “Lovely post! Happy Birthday to a remarkable woman!” while one person said: “Such a truly beautiful picture of you both Happy Birthday Caitríona.”

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Skelton also gave a shout-out to her on-screen mother in her Instagram Story.

The actress added a picture of the pair hugging on the red carpet.

This isn’t the first time in recent weeks that Skelton has praised her co-star.

In September, Balfe debuted short blonde locks on her Instagram and Skelton couldn’t contain her excitement over her on-screen mom joining the “blonde gang.”

Skelton commented on the post that showed off Balfe’s very noticeably different hair, writing: “Ohhhhh, you look beautiful! As always. Stunner ps. Welcome to the blonde gang. You be slllayyyinnng it.”

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Skelton’s Brianna has deep red hair inherited from her father Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), but she is naturally a blonde.

The star has always praised her Outlander co-stars.

In June, she posted a touching photo of her embracing Balfe, Heughan, and Richard Ranking before going into the Happy Sad Confused panel.

She captioned the post with: “Pre-panel family moment. Suchhhh a great time on #happysadconfused with the absolute legend that it @joshuahorowitz (next slide please ) Thanks for having us back, Josh. Was a dream to do this in person this time around! We adore you, and you rock. To all the fans who came to watch us chat our usual banter, I think you’ll agree Josh tamed us very well. Thank you all for being there. So good to share this special time, and this epic season with you. Ep 2 coming soon! Big love x.”

The touching message comes after Balfe previously spoke about a hard moment on season seven, part two and working with an intimacy coordinator.

Moreover, Outlander’s showrunner Matthew B. Roberts shared an update about season eight.

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