Andrew Scott (actor)

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Andrew Scott
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Born (1976-10-21) 21 October 1976 (age 38)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–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]

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.[5] 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".[6]

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,[7] which was later nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.[8] 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,[9] for which he was nominated for a Drama League Award.[10]

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.[5]

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."[11] 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.[12]

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.[5]

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.[13]

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.[14] Scott has described the experience as 'overwhelming', adding, 'What a night and what an honour to be there.'[15]

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'[16] 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'.[17]

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."[18] 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!”


Production Character Director Company Awards
Brighton Beach Memoirs Stan Rita Tieghe Andrew's Lane, Dublin
Six Characters in Search of an Author The Son John Crowley Abbey Theatre
The Marriage of Figaro Cherubim Brian Brady Abbey Theatre
A Woman of No Importance Gerald Arbuthnot Ben Barnes Abbey Theatre
Lonesome West Father Welsh Garry Hynes Druid Theatre Co.
Long Day's Journey into Night Edmund Karel Reisz The Gate, Dublin
Dublin Carol Mark Ian Rickson Old Vic/Royal Court
The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde Lord Alfred Douglas Patrick Mason Abbey Theatre/Barbican, RSC
The Coming World Ed/Ty Mark Brickman Soho Theatre
Crave B Vicky Featherstone Royal Court
Original Sin Angel Peter Gill Sheffield Crucible
Playing the Victim Valya Richard Wilson Told by an Idiot
The Cavalcaders Rory Robin Lefevre Tricycle Theatre
A Girl in a Car with a Man Alex Joe Hill-Gibbins Royal Court Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
Aristocrats Casimir Tom Cairns National Theatre
Dying City Craig/Peter James McDonald Royal Court
The Vertical Hour Sam Mendes The Music Box, NY Nominated – Drama League Award
Sea Wall Alex George Perrin The Bush Theatre
Roaring Trade Roxana Silbert Soho Theatre
Cock M James McDonald Royal Court Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
Design for Living Leo Anthony Page Old Vic
Emperor and Galilean Julian Jonathan Kent Royal National Theatre
Birdland (2014) Paul Carrie Cracknell Royal Court Theatre


Year Film Role Notes Awards
1995 Korea Eamonn Doyle Film
1995 Budgie Peter TV movie
1997 Drinking Crude Paul Film
1998 Miracle at Midnight Michael Grunbaum TV movie
1998 Saving Private Ryan Soldier on the Beach Film
1998 The Tale of Sweety Barrett Danny Film
1998 The American Valentin de Bellegarde TV movie
2000 Longitude John Campbell TV mini-series
2000 Nora Michael Bodkin Film
2001 I Was the Cigarette Girl Tim Short film
2001 Band of Brothers Pvt. John "Cowboy" Hall TV mini-series (2 episodes: "Day of Days")
2003 Killing Hitler Sniper TV documentary
2003 Dead Bodies Tommy McGann Film IFTA Award – Best Actor
2004 My Life in Film Jones TV series (6 episodes)
2005 The Quatermass Experiment Vernon TV movie
2007 Nuclear Secrets Andrei Sakarov TV mini-series (1 episode: "Superbomb")
2008 John Adams Col. William Smith TV series (4 episodes)
2008 Little White Lie Barry TV movie
2009 Anton Chekhov's The Duel Laevsky Film
2010 Chasing Cotards Hart Elliot-Hinwood Short film
2010 Silent Things Jake Short film
2010 Foyle's War James Devereux TV series (1 episode: "The Hide")
2010 Lennon Naked Paul McCartney TV movie
2010–present Sherlock Jim Moriarty TV series (6 episodes) 2012 BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

IFTA Award Actor in a Supporting Role

2010 Garrow's Law Captain Jones TV series (1 episode: "Episode #2.2")
2011 The Hour Adam Le Ray TV series (2 episodes: 1 and 3)
2012 Sea Wall Alex Short film
2012 Blackout Dalien Bevan TV mini-series
2012 The Scapegoat Paul TV movie
2012 The Town Mark Nicholas TV series
2013 The Stag[19] Davin Film
2013 Dates[20] Christian TV Mini-Series
2014 Locke Donal Film
2014 Pride Gethin Roberts Film
2014 Jimmy's Hall Father Seamus Film
2015 Victor Frankenstein Inspector Roderick Turpin Film

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.


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  5. ^ a b c Claire Allfree (8 September 2010). "Sherlock actor Andrew Scott: Tenderness is more interesting than blatant sexuality". Metro. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  6. ^ "Moriarty Is Dead". Shortlist. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  7. ^ Lyn Gardner (19 May 2006). "Dying City, Royal Court, London". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  8. ^ Staff writers (7 April 2008). "2008 Pulitzer Prizes for Letters, Drama and Music". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  9. ^ Ben Brantley (1 December 2006). "Battle Zones in Hare Country". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  10. ^ Andrew Gans (25 April 2007). "73rd Annual Drama League Award Nominees Announced". Playbill. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Foyle's War: Series VI". Slant. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ Michael Billington (15 June 2011). "Emperor and Galilean - review". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
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  18. ^ 'Sherlock has changed my whole career': Andrew Scott interview James Rampton Friday 15 November 2013
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