Andrew Scott (actor)
Scott at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival
21 October 1976 |
Andrew Scott (born 21 October 1976) is an Irish film, television, and stage actor. He is best known for his role as Jim Moriarty in the BBC series Sherlock, alongside featuring in the 2015 James Bond film Spectre, as Max Denbigh. Scott is also lauded for his extensive stage work at various theatres.
Scott has received various awards including two Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for his roles in A Girl in a Car with a Man at the Royal Court Theatre, along with his role in Cock, also at the Royal Court. He has also won two IFTA awards for his roles in the films Dead Bodies and The Stag, a British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Sherlock, a BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Pride, and two BBC Audio Drama Awards for his radio work.
Early life and education
Scott was born in Dublin, Ireland. His father Jim worked in an employment agency and his mother Nora was an art teacher. He has an older sister Sarah, a sports coach, and a younger sister Hannah, who is just starting out as an actress.
Scott attended Gonzaga College, a private Jesuit Catholic school for boys 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 won a bursary to art school, but elected to study drama at Trinity College, Dublin, leaving after six months to join Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. 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 the 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 Sunday Independent Spirit of Life Arts Awards 1998 and received an Irish Times Theatre Award 1998 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 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 The Duel.
He is most well known as Sherlock Holmes' nemesis Moriarty in the BBC drama series 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.
In addition to his stage and TV work, Scott is also known for his voice acting in radio plays and audiobooks, 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.'
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 openly 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 played 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 (1 episode: "Day of Days")|
|2003||Killing Hitler||Sniper||TV documentary|
|2003||Dead Bodies||Tommy McGann||Film||IFTA Award for Best Actor|
|2004||My Life in Film||Jones||TV series|
|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|
|2010||Chasing Cotards||Hart Elliot-Hinwood||Short film|
|2010||Silent Things||Jake||Short film|
|2010||Foyle's War||James Devereaux||TV series (1 episode: "The Hide")|
|2010||Lennon Naked||Paul McCartney||TV movie|
|2010–present||Sherlock||Jim Moriarty||TV series (7 episodes)||2012 BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
IFTA Award for 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||Dates||Christian||TV mini-series (1 episode: "Jenny and Christian*)|
|2014||Pride||Gethin Roberts||Film||BIFA for Best Supporting Actor|
|2014||Jimmy's Hall||Father Seamus||Film|
|2015||Spectre||C (Max Denbigh)||Film|
|2015||Victor Frankenstein||Inspector Roderick Turpin||Film|
|2016||The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses||King Louis||TV series|
|2016||Swallows and Amazons||Lazlow||Film (filming)|
|2016||Alice Through the Looking Glass||Addison Bennett||Film (post-production)|
|2016||This Beautiful Fantastic||Vernon||Film (filming)|
|2016||Handsome Devil||Film (filming)|
|2016||The Hope Rooms||Sean||Short film (post-production)|
|2016||Denial||Anthony Julius||Film (filming)|
Awards and nominations
- 1998 – Irish Times Theatre Awards, Nominated, Best Supporting Actor – For Long Day's Journey into Night
- 2005 – Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, Winner – For A Girl in a Car with a Man
- 2006–2007 – Drama League Award, Nominated, Distinguished Performance – For The Vertical Hour
- 2003 – IFTA award, Winner, Best Actor in a Lead Role – For Dead Bodies
- 2004 – Berlin International Film Festival, Winner, Shooting Stars Award
- 2014 – IFTA award, Nominated, Actor in a Lead Role in a Feature Film – For The Stag
- 2014 – British Independent Film Awards, Winner, Best supporting actor – For Pride
- 2015 – Irish Film & Television Awards, Nominated, Actor in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film – For Pride
- 2012 – British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor, Winner – For Sherlock
- 2012 – BBC Audio Drama Awards, Winner, Best Supporting Actor – For Referee
- 2013 – IFTA award, Winner, Best Supporting TV Actor – For Sherlock
- 2013 – BBC Audio Drama Awards, Winner, Best Actor – For Betrayal
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- "Moriarty Is Dead". Shortlist. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
- Gardner, Lyn (19 May 2006). "Dying City, Royal Court, London". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
- Staff writers (7 April 2008). "2008 Pulitzer Prizes for Letters, Drama and Music". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
- Brantley, Ben (1 December 2006). "Battle Zones in Hare Country". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
- Gans, Andrew (25 April 2007). "73rd Annual Drama League Award Nominees Announced". Playbill. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
- "Foyle's War: Series VI". Slant. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
- Dargis, Manohla (28 April 2010). "Movie Review – Anton Chekhov's The Duel – Summer's Heat Breeds Love, Loathing and Darwinian Competition". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
- Billington, Michael (15 June 2011). "Emperor and Galilean – review". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 1 June 2013.
- "National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage ~ Ten Tales, Play by Play | Great Performances". PBS. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
- "SeaWall Andrew Scott on Twitter: "@SusanLia1 @StephensSimon OVERWHELMING WHAT A NIGHT AND WHAT AN HONOUR TO BE THERE"". Twitter.com. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
- Billington, Michael (13 March 2014). "Birdland review – Ceaselessly inventive critique of rock stardom". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
- "Birdland (Royal Court) – Reviews". Whatsonstage.com. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
- Rampton, James (15 November 2013). "Sherlock has changed my whole career': Andrew Scott interview".
- "Rainbow List 2014, 1 to 101 – The Rainbow list – People". The Independent. 9 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
- "Andrew Scott for new Channel 4 drama". RTÉ Ten. 6 February 2013. Archived from the original on 8 February 2013.
- "Letters Live: Epistolary Joy At Freemasons’ Hall". Londonist.
- "BBC Sherlock star, X Files actor and a host of other celebrities perform at charity event for the Reading Agency". The Guardian.
- "Letters Live at Hay Fetival". The Telegraph.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Andrew Scott.|
- Andrew Scott at the Internet Movie Database
- Andrew Scott Watch 'Sea Wall' online (official website). Accessed 14 May 2012.
- Morgan, Joe (18 November 2013). "Sherlock star comes out officially as gay". Gay Star News. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
- "Birdland at The Royal Court Theatre". royalcourttheatre.com. 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
- Hoggard, Liz (2 April 2014). "Life after Moriarty: Andrew Scott interview". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 23 December 2014.