Andrew Scott (actor)
Scott at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival
21 October 1976 |
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. 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. Alongside this, Scott was nominated as Best Lead Actor for his role in The Stag at the 2014 Irish Film and Television Awards.
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. 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".
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, which was later nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. 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, for which he was nominated for a Drama League Award.
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.
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." 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.
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.
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. Scott has described the experience as 'overwhelming', adding, 'What a night and what an honour to be there.'
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' 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'.
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." 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!”
|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|
|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|
|2014||Jimmy's Hall||Father Seamus||Film|
|2015||Victor Frankenstein||Inspector Roderick Turpin||Film|
Radio plays and readings of books
- 2003 – Gil in David Varela's one-off comedy Olivia's Line with Kelly Reilly
- 2009 – Billy Pilgrim in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five
- 2012 – Jay Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
- 2012 – Stephen Dedalus in James Joyce's Ulysses
- 2012 – Charles Darnay in Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities
- 2013 – Narrator in Cassandra Clare's Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale (The Bane Chronicles)
- Claire Allfree (8 September 2010). "Sherlock actor Andrew Scott: Tenderness is more interesting than blatant sexuality". Metro. Retrieved 2011-02-08.
- "Moriarty Is Dead". Shortlist. Retrieved 2013-02-10.
- Lyn Gardner (19 May 2006). "Dying City, Royal Court, London". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-08.
- Staff writers (7 April 2008). "2008 Pulitzer Prizes for Letters, Drama and Music". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-08.
- Ben Brantley (1 December 2006). "Battle Zones in Hare Country". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-08.
- Andrew Gans (25 April 2007). "73rd Annual Drama League Award Nominees Announced". Playbill. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
- "Foyle's War: Series VI". Slant. Retrieved 2011-02-08.
- 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.
- Michael Billington (15 June 2011). "Emperor and Galilean - review". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 1 June 2013.
- 'Sherlock has changed my whole career': Andrew Scott interview James Rampton Friday 15 November 2013
- http://www.rte.ie/ten/2013/0206/scotta.html/. Missing or empty
- Andrew Scott at the Internet Movie Database
- Andrew Scott Watch 'Sea Wall' online (official website). Accessed 14 May 2012.
- Andrew Scott Gay Star news official website. http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/sherlock-star-comes-out-officially-gay181113
- The Royal Court (official website) Birdland performces. http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/birdland/?tab=2