Andrew Scott (actor)

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Andrew Scott
Pride 04 (15269391641).jpg
Born (1976-10-21) 21 October 1976 (age 39)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present

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[edit]

Scott was born in Dublin, Ireland. His father Jim worked in an employment agency and his mother Nora was an art teacher.[1][2] He has an older sister Sarah, a sports coach, and a younger sister Hannah, who is just starting out as an actress.[2][3]

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.[1][4] 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".[5]

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

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.[4]

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."[10] 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.[11]

He is most well known as Sherlock Holmes' nemesis Moriarty in the BBC drama series Sherlock,[1] 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.[4]

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.[12]

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

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'[15] 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'.[16]

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 of MI6.[1]

Scott works with the charity IdeasTap mentoring young actors and helping to start their careers.[1]

Personal life[edit]

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."[17] 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!"

Scott was ranked at number 22 in The Independent's Rainbow List 2014: 101 lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender people who 'make a real difference'.[18]


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 (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
2009 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 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 Legacy Viktor Koslov Film
2013 The Stag Davin Film
2013 Dates[19] Christian TV mini-series (1 episode: "Jenny and Christian*)
2014 Locke Donal Film
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)


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 Philip Lucas 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
Letters Live[20][21][22] Freemasons' Hall
The Dazzle (2015) [23] Langley Simon Evans Found111 Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]





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  7. ^ Staff writers (7 April 2008). "2008 Pulitzer Prizes for Letters, Drama and Music". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
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  12. ^ Billington, Michael (15 June 2011). "Emperor and Galilean – review". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage ~ Ten Tales, Play by Play | Great Performances". PBS. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "SeaWall Andrew Scott on Twitter: "@SusanLia1 @StephensSimon OVERWHELMING WHAT A NIGHT AND WHAT AN HONOUR TO BE THERE"". 4 December 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  15. ^ Billington, Michael (13 March 2014). "Birdland review – Ceaselessly inventive critique of rock stardom". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "Birdland (Royal Court) – Reviews". 10 April 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  17. ^ Rampton, James (15 November 2013). "Sherlock has changed my whole career': Andrew Scott interview". 
  18. ^ "Rainbow List 2014, 1 to 101 – The Rainbow list – People". The Independent. 9 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  19. ^ "Andrew Scott for new Channel 4 drama". RTÉ Ten. 6 February 2013. Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "Letters Live: Epistolary Joy At Freemasons’ Hall". Londonist. 
  21. ^ "BBC Sherlock star, X Files actor and a host of other celebrities perform at charity event for the Reading Agency". The Guardian. 
  22. ^ "Letters Live at Hay Fetival". The Telegraph. 
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