Andrew Scott (actor)

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Andrew Scott
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Born(1976-10-21) 21 October 1976 (age 38)
Dublin, Ireland
Years active1994–present
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Andrew Scott
Pride 06 (15085940747).jpg
Born(1976-10-21) 21 October 1976 (age 38)
Dublin, Ireland
Years active1994–present

Andrew Scott (born October 21, 1976) is an Irish film, television, and stage actor. He received the 2005 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs production of A Girl in a Car with a Man, and an IFTA award for the film Dead Bodies. Scott's notable television roles have included Paul McCartney in the BBC television drama Lennon Naked and arch-villain Jim Moriarty in Sherlock, for which he was awarded the 2012 British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor, along with the 2013 award for Best Supporting Actor in the television category at the Irish Film and Television Awards.[1] He also won the awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor consecutively in the 2012 and 2013 BBC Audio Drama Awards for his roles in Nick Perry's Referee and Harold Pinter's Betrayal, respectively.[2][3] Alongside this, Scott was nominated as Best Lead Actor for his role in The Stag at the 2014 Irish Film and Television Awards.[4]

Scott was ranked at number 22 in The Independent's Rainbow List 2014: 101 lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender people who really make a difference.[5]

Early years

Scott attended Gonzaga College, a private Jesuit Catholic school on the south side of Dublin. He took Saturday classes at a drama school for children, and appeared in two ads on Irish television. At seventeen he was chosen for a starring role in his first film, Korea. Scott dropped out of his drama degree at Trinity College, Dublin to join Dublin’s Abbey Theatre.[6] His father worked in an employment agency and mother was an art teacher. He once stated to the London evening standard magazine that he always had a "healthy obsession" with acting.


After filming a small part in Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, Scott worked with film and theater director Karel Reisz in a Gate Theatre, Dublin, production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night taking the role of Edmund, the younger son, in the Eugene O'Neill play about a tortured American family in the early part of the 20th century. He won Actor of the Year at the Independent/Spirit of Life Awards and received an Irish Times Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Scott appeared in the small part of Michael Blodgett in the film Nora, with Ewan McGregor, and in a television adaptation of Henry James’s The American, alongside Diana Rigg and Matthew Modine, before making his London theatre debut in Conor McPherson’s Dublin Carol with Brian Cox at the Royal Court Theatre. He was then cast in the BAFTA winning drama Longitude, opposite Michael Gambon, and the multi-award winning HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. Scott has described the working atmosphere on Band of Brothers as "awful".[7]

In 2004 he was named one of European Film Promotions' Shooting Stars. After starring in My Life in Film for the BBC, he received his first Olivier award for his role in A Girl in a Car with a Man at The Royal Court, and the Theatregoers' Choice Award for his performance in the National Theatre’s Aristocrats. He then created the roles of the twin brothers in the original Royal Court production of Christopher Shinn’s Dying City,[8] which was later nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.[9] In 2006, he made his Broadway debut opposite Julianne Moore and Bill Nighy in the Music Box Theater production of The Vertical Hour written by David Hare and directed by Sam Mendes,[10] for which he was nominated for a Drama League Award.[11]

In 2008, Scott appeared in the award-winning HBO miniseries John Adams, opposite Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti. Mamie Gummer, Meryl Streep's daughter, played his sister. In 2009, he appeared in Sea Wall, a one-man show written especially for him by Olivier award-winning playwright Simon Stephens.[6]

He starred alongside Ben Whishaw, Katherine Parkinson and Paul Jesson in a sell-out run of Cock at the Royal Court in late 2009, a production which won an Olivier Award in 2010. He has recently been seen in Foyle's War as a prisoner determined to allow himself to hang for a crime he may not have committed, which was described in Slant magazine as a "standout performance."[12] Other film appearances included a role in Chasing Cotards (a short film made for IMAX), the short film, Silent Things and as Paul McCartney in the BBC film Lennon Naked. He also starred in the critically acclaimed 2010 film Anton Chekhov's The Duel.[13]

He is most well known as Sherlock Holmes' nemesis Moriarty in the BBC drama Sherlock, and he had a guest role in the second series of Garrow's Law playing a gay man on trial for sodomy. In 2010 he appeared with Lisa Dillon and Tom Burke in the Old Vic comedy about a three-way love affair, Noël Coward's Design for Living.[6]

In 2011 he played the lead role of Julian in Ben Power's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's epic Emperor and Galilean at the National Theatre in London.[14]

He had a part in BBC2's original drama The Hour as Adam Le Ray, a failed, secretly gay, actor.

He won a BAFTA in 2012 for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Moriarty in Sherlock. In 2013, Scott won the IFTA, the Irish television award for Best Supporting Actor, for the same role.

In addition to his stage and TV work, Scott is also known for his voice acting in radio plays and audio books, such as the roles of Jay Gatsby in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and Stephen Dedalus in James Joyce's Ulysses.

In November 2013 Scott took part in the National Theatre's 50 Years on Stage, a theatrical event which consisted of excerpts from many plays over the National's fifty year run and was broadcast live on television. Scott performed a scene from Angels in America by Tony Kushner alongside Dominic Cooper.[15] Scott has described the experience as 'overwhelming', adding, 'What a night and what an honour to be there.'[16]

Most recently Scott took to the stage in Birdland, written by Simon Stephens and directed by Carrie Cracknell at the Royal Court Theatre, playing the central character of Paul, a rock star at the pinnacle of his career on the verge of a breakdown. Scott received positive reviews for the performance, with comments such as 'beautifully played'[17] and [he] ' pulls off the brilliant trick of being totally dead behind the eyes and fascinating at the same time, an appalling creature who's both totem and symptom'.[18]

Personal life

Scott is gay, and has commented that "mercifully, these days people don't see being gay as a character flaw. But nor is it a virtue, like kindness. Or a talent, like playing the banjo. It's just a fact. Of course, it's part of my make-up, but I don't want to trade on it."[19] On being asked as to how he prepared his accent for his BBC2 drama 'Legacy' where he plays a KGB spy he said “There isn’t a huge amount of footage of Russians speaking English as a second language, so I started looking at Vladimir Putin videos on YouTube. But then Putin introduced anti-gay legislation this summer – so, being a gay person, I switched to Rudolf Nureyev videos instead. It was another Nureyev defection of sorts!”


Brighton Beach MemoirsStanRita TiegheAndrew's Lane, Dublin
Six Characters in Search of an AuthorThe SonJohn CrowleyAbbey Theatre
The Marriage of FigaroCherubimBrian BradyAbbey Theatre
A Woman of No ImportanceGerald ArbuthnotBen BarnesAbbey Theatre
Lonesome WestFather WelshGarry HynesDruid Theatre Co.
Long Day's Journey into NightEdmundKarel ReiszThe Gate, Dublin
Dublin CarolMarkIan RicksonOld Vic/Royal Court
The Secret Fall of Constance WildeLord Alfred DouglasPatrick MasonAbbey Theatre/Barbican, RSC
The Coming WorldEd/TyMark BrickmanSoho Theatre
CraveBVicky FeatherstoneRoyal Court
Original SinAngelPeter GillSheffield Crucible
Playing the VictimValyaRichard WilsonTold by an Idiot
The CavalcadersRoryRobin LefevreTricycle Theatre
A Girl in a Car with a ManAlexJoe Hill-GibbinsRoyal CourtLaurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
AristocratsCasimirTom CairnsNational Theatre
Dying CityCraig/PeterJames McDonaldRoyal Court
The Vertical HourSam MendesThe Music Box, NYNominated – Drama League Award
Sea WallAlexGeorge PerrinThe Bush Theatre
Roaring TradeRoxana SilbertSoho Theatre
CockMJames McDonaldRoyal CourtLaurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
Design for LivingLeoAnthony PageOld Vic
Emperor and GalileanJulianJonathan KentRoyal National Theatre
Birdland (2014)PaulCarrie CracknellRoyal Court Theatre


1995KoreaEamonn DoyleFilm
1995BudgiePeterTV movie
1997Drinking CrudePaulFilm
1998Miracle at MidnightMichael GrunbaumTV movie
1998Saving Private RyanSoldier on the BeachFilm
1998The Tale of Sweety BarrettDannyFilm
1998The AmericanValentin de BellegardeTV movie
2000LongitudeJohn CampbellTV mini-series
2000NoraMichael BodkinFilm
2001I Was the Cigarette GirlTimShort film
2001Band of BrothersPvt. John "Cowboy" HallTV mini-series (2 episodes: "Day of Days")
2003Killing HitlerSniperTV documentary
2003Dead BodiesTommy McGannFilmIFTA Award – Best Actor
2004My Life in FilmJonesTV series (6 episodes)
2005The Quatermass ExperimentVernonTV movie
2007Nuclear SecretsAndrei SakarovTV mini-series (1 episode: "Superbomb")
2008John AdamsCol. William SmithTV series (4 episodes)
2008Little White LieBarryTV movie
2009Anton Chekhov's The DuelLaevskyFilm
2010Chasing CotardsHart Elliot-HinwoodShort film
2010Silent ThingsJakeShort film
2010Foyle's WarJames DevereuxTV series (1 episode: "The Hide")
2010Lennon NakedPaul McCartneyTV movie
2010–presentSherlockJim MoriartyTV series (6 episodes)2012 BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

IFTA Award Actor in a Supporting Role

2010Garrow's LawCaptain JonesTV series (1 episode: "Episode #2.2")
2011The HourAdam Le RayTV series (2 episodes: 1 and 3)
2012Sea WallAlexShort film
2012BlackoutDalien BevanTV mini-series
2012The ScapegoatPaulTV movie
2012The TownMark NicholasTV series
2013The Stag[20]DavinFilm
2013Dates[21]ChristianTV Mini-Series
2014PrideGethin RobertsFilm
2014Jimmy's HallFather SeamusFilm
2015Victor FrankensteinInspector Roderick TurpinFilm

Radio plays and readings of books

Assorted short stories such as The Rachel Papers, The Wire, Edgar Allan Poe's The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Angel of Covent Garden et al.

Poems by Pablo Neruda, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Jack Kerouac, Seamus Heaney, Simon Armitage and others.

Awards and nominations



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  6. ^ a b c Claire Allfree (8 September 2010). "Sherlock actor Andrew Scott: Tenderness is more interesting than blatant sexuality". Metro. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  7. ^ "Moriarty Is Dead". Shortlist. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  8. ^ Lyn Gardner (19 May 2006). "Dying City, Royal Court, London". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  9. ^ Staff writers (7 April 2008). "2008 Pulitzer Prizes for Letters, Drama and Music". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  10. ^ Ben Brantley (1 December 2006). "Battle Zones in Hare Country". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  11. ^ Andrew Gans (25 April 2007). "73rd Annual Drama League Award Nominees Announced". Playbill. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Foyle's War: Series VI". Slant. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  13. ^ Manohla Dargis (28 April 2010). "Movie Review - Anton Chekhov's The Duel - Summer's Heat Breeds Love, Loathing and Darwinian Competition". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  14. ^ Michael Billington (15 June 2011). "Emperor and Galilean - review". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
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  19. ^ 'Sherlock has changed my whole career': Andrew Scott interview James Rampton Friday 15 November 2013
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  21. ^ "Andrew Scott for new Channel 4 drama". Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. 

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