512 stars, 8 genres, and more than 120 MILLION votes later, Sam Heughan has been crowned RadioTimes.com TV Champion 2015.
The Outlander star stormed the competition, with his fans racking up millions of votes for him to win Sci-Fi and Fantasy Champion before casting an astonishing 16.5 MILLION votes for him in an epic three day final battle with Ricky Gervais.
“Congratulations to all the competitors in the Radio Times Competition!! Wow. A true list of the most popular and greatest shows/cast on TV” said Heughan, who emerged victorious from the final rounds, during which more than 60 million votes were cast.
“I’m honored and a little, no VERY astonished at the number of votes cast by our dedicated and passionate fans! Can’t thank them enough – many have no fingers left due to intense voting – “Tapadh leibh” to you all! If you haven’t already, join our Outlander Clan and watch the series (no1 on Amazon!).”
Heughan, who very nearly faced defeat against Food Champion James Morton thanks to Poldark and Doctor Who fans who threw their support behind the popular baker, didn’t have an easy road to victory.
Ricky Gervais’ Twonk Army put up a solid fight, bringing their Comedy Champion back from the brink of defeat against David Attenborough in the semi-final. It was a clash worthy of the man who went head to head with Catherine Tate to claim his Comedy Champion crown.
“It was an honour to lose “TV Champion” run by the The Radio Times” said Gervais. “I can’t wait to lose ‘Radio Champion’ run by The TV Times.”
And as for Heughan? Well, he’s got one thing on his mind: “I think this deserves a cover issue Radio Times??”