Andrew Scott (actor)

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Andrew Scott
Andrew Scott TV BAFTAs 2019.png
Scott at the 2019 TV BAFTAs
Born (1976-10-21) 21 October 1976 (age 44)
Dublin, Ireland
EducationGonzaga College
Years active1994–present
AwardsLaurence Olivier Award (2005, 2020)
BAFTA TV Award (2012)
BIFA (2014)
Critics' Choice Television Award (2020)

Andrew Scott (born 21 October 1976) is an Irish actor. He achieved widespread recognition for playing the breakthrough role of Jim Moriarty in the BBC series Sherlock, for which he won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Supporting Actor.[1] Scott is also known for playing the priest on the second series of Fleabag, receiving a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film and winning the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.[2][3] He won further acclaim playing the lead role of Garry Essendine in a 2019 stage production of Present Laughter at The Old Vic, for which he won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play.[4]

Scott has received various other awards, including the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for his role in A Girl in a Car with a Man at the Royal Court Theatre.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Scott was born in Dublin on 21 October 1976, the son of Nora and Jim Scott. His mother was an art teacher, while his father worked at an employment agency.[6][7] He has an older sister, Sarah, and a younger sister, Hannah.[7] He was raised as a Catholic, but has since left the faith.[citation needed] He attended Gonzaga College while taking weekend classes at a drama school for children, and appeared in two ads on Irish television. At 17, he was chosen for a starring role in his first film, Korea. He 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.[6][8] He once stated to the London Evening Standard magazine that he always had a "healthy obsession" with acting.

Acting career[edit]

After filming a small part in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, Scott worked with film and theatre 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 Bodkin 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 HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. Scott has described the working atmosphere on Band of Brothers as "awful".[9]

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 Royal 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,[10] which was later nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.[11] 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,[12] for which he was nominated for a Drama League Award.[13]

In 2008, Scott appeared as Col. William Smith in the HBO miniseries John Adams, opposite Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti. In 2009, he appeared in Sea Wall, a one-man show written especially for him by playwright Simon Stephens.[8]

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 performances".[14] 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.[15]

He is best known as Sherlock Holmes' nemesis Jim Moriarty in the BBC drama series Sherlock.[6] 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 production of Noël Coward's Design for Living.[8]

In 2011, he played the lead role of Julian in Ben Power's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's epic Emperor and Galilean at the Royal National Theatre in London.[16]

He had a part in BBC Two’s original drama The Hour as Adam Le Ray, a failed, closeted 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 F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Stephen Dedalus in James Joyce's Ulysses.

In November 2013, Scott took part in the Royal 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.[17]

In 2014 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 on the verge of a breakdown. Scott received positive reviews for the performance, with comments such as "beautifully played"[18] 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".[19]

In 2015, he appeared in the James Bond film Spectre, as Max Denbigh, a member of the British government intent on shutting down the Double-0 section.[6]

In 2016, Scott appeared in the romantic drama film,This Beautiful Fantastic, directed and written by Simon Aboud. The film was about a repressed foundling Jessica Brown Findlay who forms a new life through her relationships with a curmudgeonly neighbour Tom Wilkinson, a gifted cook played by Andrew and an eccentric inventor Jeremy Irvine.[20]

In 2017, Scott's performance in the title role of Hamlet won critical acclaim and earned him the nomination for Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play.[21] The play was directed by Robert Icke and first produced at the Almeida Theatre.[22][23] The production was filmed and broadcast on BBC Two at Easter 2018.[24] Scott provided the voice of Obake in Big Hero 6: The Series.

Scott worked with the charity IdeasTap mentoring young actors and helping to start their careers,[6] until the charity closed in June 2015 due to lack of funds.

In 2019, Scott played The Priest in series two of the award-winning BBC Three comedy-drama Fleabag. Also in 2019, he appeared in the Netflix anthology series Black Mirror, as the lead character Chris in the Season 5 episode "Smithereens". In June to August 2019, Scott starred as the matinee idol Garry Essendine in Matthew Warchus's revival of Noël Coward's Present Laughter at the Old Vic in London. He has been cast as Colonel John Parry/Jopari/Stanislaus Grumman in the HBO/BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials.

On 25 September 2019, it was announced that Scott had been cast as Tom Ripley in Ripley, a television series to be adapted from Patricia Highsmith's Ripley novels.[25][26][27]

Personal life[edit]

Scott is gay. He first commented publicly on his sexuality in an interview with The Independent in November 2013. He stated, "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."[28] Scott was ranked at No. 22 on The Independent's Rainbow List 2014.[29]

Acting credits[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Korea Eamonn Doyle
1997 Drinking Crude Paul
1998 Saving Private Ryan Soldier on the Beach
The Tale of Sweety Barrett Danny
2000 Nora Michael Bodkin
2001 I Was the Cigarette Girl Tim Short film
2003 Dead Bodies Tommy McGann
2009 The Duel Ivan Andreich Laevsky
2010 Chasing Cotards Hart Elliot-Hinwood Short film
Silent Things Jake Short film
2012 Sea Wall Alex Short film
2013 Legacy Viktor Koslov
The Stag Davin
2014 Locke Donal
Pride Gethin Roberts
Jimmy's Hall Father Seamus
2015 Spectre C (Max Denbigh)
Victor Frankenstein Inspector Roderick Turpin
2016 Alice Through the Looking Glass Addison Bennett
Swallows and Amazons Lazlow
Denial Anthony Julius
This Beautiful Fantastic Vernon Kelly
2017 Handsome Devil Dan Sherry
The Hope Rooms Sean Short film
The Delinquent Season Chris
2018 A Dark Place Donald Devlin AKA Steel Country
2019 Cognition Elias Short film
1917 Lieutenant Leslie
TBA Catherine, Called Birdy TBA Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Budgie Peter Television film
1998 Miracle at Midnight Michael Grunbaum Television film
1998 The American Valentin de Bellegarde Television film
2000 Longitude John Campbell 4 episodes
2001 Band of Brothers Pvt. John "Cowboy" Hall Episode: "Day of Days"
2003 Killing Hitler Sniper Documentary film
2004 My Life in Film Jones 6 episodes
2005 The Quatermass Experiment Vernon Television film
2007 Nuclear Secrets Andrei Sakarov Episode: "Superbomb"
2008 John Adams Col. William Smith 4 episodes
2008 Little White Lie Barry Television film
2010 Foyle's War James Devereaux Episode: "The Hide"
2010 Lennon Naked Paul McCartney Television film
2010–2017 Sherlock James "Jim" Moriarty 8 episodes
2010 Garrow's Law Captain Jones Episode: "Episode #2.2"
2011 The Hour Adam Le Ray 2 episodes
2012 Blackout Dalien Bevan 3 episodes
2012 The Scapegoat Paul Spencer Television film
2012 The Town Mark Nicholas 3 episodes
2013 Dates[30] Christian Episode: "Jenny and Christian"
2016 The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses King Louis Episode: "Henry VI, Part 2"
2016 Earth's Seasonal Secrets Narrator 4 episodes
2017 Quacks Charles Dickens Episode: "The Lady's Abscess"
2017–present School of Roars Narrator Voice role
2017–2018 Big Hero 6: The Series Obake (voice) 11 episodes
2018 King Lear Edgar Television film
2019 Fleabag The Priest 6 episodes[31]
2019 Black Mirror Christopher Michael Gillhaney Episode: "Smithereens"
2019 Modern Love Tobin Episode: "Hers Was a World of One"
2019–present His Dark Materials Colonel John Parry / Jopari 6 episodes
2021 The Pursuit of Love Lord Merlin 3 episodes
2021 Oslo Terje Rød-Larsen Television film
TBA Ripley Tom Ripley 8 episodes[32]


Year Production Character Director Company
199? Brighton Beach Memoirs Stan Rita Tieghe Andrew's Lane, Dublin
1996 Six Characters in Search of an Author The Son John Crowley Abbey Theatre
1996 The Marriage of Figaro Cherubino Brian Brady Abbey Theatre
1996 A Woman of No Importance Gerald Arbuthnot Ben Barnes Abbey Theatre
1997 Lonesome West Father Welsh Garry Hynes Druid Theatre Co.
1998 Long Day's Journey into Night Edmund Karel Reisz The Gate, Dublin
2000 Dublin Carol Mark Ian Rickson The Old Vic/Royal Court Theatre
2000 The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde Lord Alfred Douglas Patrick Mason Abbey Theatre/Barbican, RSC
2001 The Coming World Ed/Ty Mark Brickman Soho Theatre
2001 Crave B Vicky Featherstone Royal Court Theatre
2002 Original Sin Angel Peter Gill Sheffield Crucible
2002 The Cavalcaders Rory Robin Lefevre Tricycle Theatre
2003 Playing the Victim Valya Richard Wilson Told by an Idiot
2004 A Girl in a Car with a Man Alex Joe Hill-Gibbins Royal Court Theatre
2005 Aristocrats Casimir Tom Cairns National Theatre Company
2006 Dying City Craig/Peter James McDonald Royal Court Theatre
2006–07 The Vertical Hour Philip Lucas Sam Mendes The Music Box, NY
2008, 2018 Sea Wall Alex George Perrin The Bush Theatre and The Old Vic
2009 Roaring Trade Donny Roxana Silbert Soho Theatre
2009 Cock M James McDonald Royal Court Theatre
2010 Design for Living Leo Anthony Page The Old Vic
2011 Emperor and Galilean Julian Jonathan Kent Royal National Theatre
2014 Birdland Paul Carrie Cracknell Royal Court Theatre
2015 The Dazzle[33] Langley Collyer Simon Evans Found111
2016 Letters Live[34][35][36] Freemasons' Hall
2017 Hamlet[37][38] Hamlet Robert Icke Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre
2019 Present Laughter Garry Essendine Matthew Warchus The Old Vic
2020 Three Kings[39] Patrick Matthew Warchus The Old Vic (Old Vic: In Camera)


Year Organisation Award Nominated work Result
1998 Irish Times Theatre Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Long Day's Journey into Night Nominated
2003 IFTA Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Film Dead Bodies Won
2004 Berlin International Film Festival Shooting Stars Award Himself Won
2005 Laurence Olivier Awards Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre A Girl in a Car with a Man Won
2007 Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance The Vertical Hour Nominated
2012 BBC Audio Drama Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Referee Won
2012 BAFTA TV Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Sherlock Won
2013 IFTA Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Television Won
BBC Audio Drama Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Betrayal Won
2014 IFTA Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Film The Stag Nominated
British Independent Film Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Pride Won
2015 IFTA Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Film Nominated
Best TV Actor in a Supporting Role Sherlock Nominated
2017 IFTA Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama Series The Hollow Crown Nominated
Critics' Circle Theatre Awards[40] Best Shakespearean Performance Hamlet Won
2018 Laurence Olivier Awards[41] Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Nominated
IFTA Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Film Handsome Devil Nominated
2019 Gold Derby Television Awards Best Comedy Actor in a Supporting Role Fleabag Won
Evening Standard Theatre Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Present Laughter Won
2020 Satellite Awards[42] Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or TV Film Fleabag Nominated
Golden Globe Awards[43] Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards[44] Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy Series Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards[45] Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Critics' Circle Theatre Awards[46] Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Present Laughter Won
WhatsOnStage Awards[47] Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Won
Laurence Olivier Awards[48] Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Won
Primetime Emmy Awards[49] Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Black Mirror Nominated
IFTA Best Actor in a Drama Series Won


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