Caitriona Balfe was born in Dublin Ireland, from a large family with 6 brothers. Daughter of a police sergeant and a housewife, Caitriona grows in the village of Tedavnet near Monaghan in the Irish countryside. She began her modeling career after being discovered by an agent while she was collecting charity funds in a shopping center. At age 19, after working for a few months as a model in Dublin, she has caught the attention of a talent scout for Ford models who offered her the chance to work for them in Paris.
She took part in several opening parade of the various brands, twelve shows for Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel eight, seven for Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez and Moschino, Etro six, five for Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Max Mara, Ann Demeulemeester, Louis Vuitton, four for Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta, Missoni, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Alberta Ferretti, Alexander, Emanuel Ungaro and three for Rochas, Christian Lacroix, Laura Biagiotti, Cacharel, BCBG Max Azria, Sonia Rykiel and Kenzo; doing advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Levi’s, Max Mara, Oscar de la Renta, Bally, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, Costume National, Escada, Bottega Veneta, Hush Puppies, BCBG Max Azria, Blumarine, Dries Van Noten, Wella, Roberto Cavalli, Victoria’s Secret, and H & M.
She parades in 2002 for Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and she appears on the covers of magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and ELLE. She took part in seventy parades in the 2002 season, ninety-six in the 2003 season and eighty-three in the 2004 season. At the peak of her career she was considered in the top 20 among the models most popular in the world. Caitriona is also regarded as the most successful Irish model. She took the nomination for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama at the Golden Globes 2016 for the series Outlander.
Other brands for which she parades: Anna Molinari, Anna Sui, Balenciaga, Céline, Chado Ralph Rucci, Chloé, Christian Dior, Diesel, DKNY, Dries Van Noten, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, Gianfranco Ferre, Hugo Boss, Hussein Chalayan, Iceberg , Issey Miyake, Jil Sander, Julien Macdonald, La Perla, Lacoste, Lanvin, Loewe, Michael Kors, Miu Miu, Nicole Miller, Paco Rabanne, Perry Ellis, Roland Mouret, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney, Valentino, Viktor & Rolf, and Yohji Yamamoto.