Andrew Scott (actor)

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Andrew Scott
Scott at the 2019 TV BAFTAs
Born (1976-10-21) October 21, 1976 (age 47)
Dublin, Ireland
OccupationActor
Years active1994–present
AwardsFull list

Andrew Scott (born October 21, 1976) is an Irish actor. Known for his roles on stage and screen, he has received numerous accolades, including a BAFTA Television Award and two Laurence Olivier Awards, along with nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award and two Golden Globe Awards.

Scott came to prominence portraying James Moriarty in the BBC series Sherlock (2010–2017), for which he won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Supporting Actor.[1] His role as the priest on the second series of Fleabag (2019) earned him the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.[2][3] He is also known for his roles in the films Pride (2014), Spectre (2015), and 1917 (2019). He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his starring role in the romantic drama film All of Us Strangers (2023). In 2024, he starred as Tom Ripley in the crime series Ripley.

On stage, Scott earned praise for playing the lead role of Garry Essendine in a 2019 production of Present Laughter at The Old Vic, for which he won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor.[4] He also won the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre in 2005 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 in 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 is the second of three children; he has an older sister, Sarah, and a younger sister, Hannah.[7] Scott was raised as a Catholic, but no longer practises.[8]

He attended Gonzaga College while taking weekend classes at Ann Kavanagh's Young People's Theatre in Rathfarnham,[9] and appeared in two ads on Irish television. At 17, Scott 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 and then moving to London when he was 22.[6][10] He once stated to the London Evening Standard that he always had a "healthy obsession" with acting.[11]

Career[edit]

1992–2009[edit]

In 1992 he portrayed Stan in the Neil Simon play Brighton Beach Memoirs at Andrew's Lane in Dublin. Scott made his film acting debut in the Irish drama Korea (1995), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Scott worked with film and theatre director Karel Reisz in the Gate Theatre, Dublin, production of Long Day's Journey into Night (1998), playing the role of Edmund Tyrone, the younger son, in Eugene O'Neill's play about a wealthy but tortured Irish family living in Connecticut in 1912. He won Actor of the Year at the Sunday Independent Spirit of Life Arts Awards 1998 and received an Irish Times Theatre Award nomination in 1998 for Best Supporting Actor.

Scott had a small role as Michael Bodkin in the film Nora, and another small role in a television adaptation of Henry James's The American, before making his London theatre debut in Conor McPherson's Dublin Carol at the Royal Court Theatre. He appeared briefly in the BAFTA-winning drama Longitude (2000) opposite Sir Michael Gambon, whom he called "a brilliant actor" and "the best actor in England". He also acted in Steven Spielberg's World War II miniseries Band of Brothers (2001). Scott described the working atmosphere on the set of Band of Brothers as "awful".[12]

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 Laurence 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 also originated the roles of the twin brothers in the Royal Court's world premiere production of Christopher Shinn's Dying City,[13] which was later nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.[14] In 2006, he made his Broadway debut in the Music Box Theater production of The Vertical Hour written by David Hare and directed by Sam Mendes. Scott starred alongside Bill Nighy and Julianne Moore.[15] He was nominated for a Drama League Award for this performance.[16]

Scott appeared as Col. William Smith in the historical miniseries John Adams. In 2009, he appeared in Sea Wall, a one-man show written especially for him by playwright Simon Stephens.[10] Later that year, he starred in a sold-out run of Cock at the Royal Court, which won an Olivier Award in 2010. His re in an episode of Foyle's War, in which he plays a prisoner determined to allow himself to hang for a crime he may not have committed, was described in Slant as a "standout performance".[17] His film appearances include a role in Chasing Cotards (a short film made for IMAX); a role in the short film, Silent Things; and the role of Paul McCartney in the BBC film Lennon Naked. He also stars in the critically acclaimed 2010 film The Duel.[18]

2010–2017[edit]

He gained prominence for his role as Sherlock Holmes' nemesis Jim Moriarty in the drama series Sherlock, which he played from 2010 to 2017.[6] He starred alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. For his performance he received the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor. In an interview with The Independent, Scott stated "Sherlock has changed all our careers, and I'm really pleased about that. It gives you the benefit of the doubt because executives like to see recognisable faces ... It was overwhelming to be on a TV show that is quite so popular. That took me totally by surprise. People had an instant affection for it from the first episode. The reaction was extraordinary".[19]

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 in the Old Vic production of Noël Coward's Design for Living directed by Anthony Page.[10] 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.[20] He had a part in the drama The Hour as Adam Le Ray, a failed actor. The series starred Dominic West and Romola Garai. In addition to his stage and TV work, Scott is 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.

Scott in 2014

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. Alongside Dominic Cooper, Scott performed a scene from Tony Kushner's epic play Angels in America about the AIDS crisis in New York City.[21] 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"[22] 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".[23]

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] Of the experience, Scott stated, "I was thrilled to be asked. I found it difficult to be in that film. I think I could've just been a bit better. I think I allowed myself to be a little intimidated by the budget and the history of the franchise, and I don't think I attempted enough to be original".[24] The following year he appeared in the romantic drama film This Beautiful Fantastic (2016), directed and written by Simon Aboud.[25]

Also in 2016, he portrayed solicitor Anthony Julius in the film Denial alongside Rachel Weisz, Timothy Spall and Tom Wilkinson.

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.[26] The play was directed by Robert Icke and first produced at the Almeida Theatre.[27][28] Michael Billington of The Guardian praised Scott's performance, writing, "Scott's Hamlet is most memorable for his charm, self-mockery and ability to speak directly to the audience."[29] The production was filmed and broadcast on BBC Two at Easter 2018.[30] Scott also voiced Obake in Big Hero 6: The Series (2017).

2018–present[edit]

Scott in 2022

Scott portrayed Edgar in the television adaptation of William Shakespeare's King Lear (2018). Scott starred alongside Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, and Florence Pugh. The following year, he portrayed The Priest in series two of the comedy-drama Fleabag (2018), created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. For his performance, he received acclaim and nominations for a Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Critics' Choice Television Award. In 2019, he appeared in the anthology series Black Mirror, as the lead character Chris in the Season 5 episode "Smithereens" for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. Also in 2019, he acted in the Sam Mendes drama 1917, which received acclaim as well as an Academy Award for Best Picture nomination.

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 received acclaim for the role as well as the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor. He portrayed Colonel John Parry/Jopari/Stanislaus Grumman in an adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials from 2019 to 2022. He played Lord Merlin in the miniseries The Pursuit of Love (2021). Also that year, he portrayed Terje Rød-Larsen in the film Oslo (2021). The following year, he acted in the comedy Catherine Called Birdy (2022).

In 2023, Scott starred opposite Paul Mescal in the romantic drama All of Us Strangers.[31] His performance earned him a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama at the 81st Golden Globe Awards.[32]

Scott next starred as Tom Ripley in Ripley, a television series adapted from Patricia Highsmith's Ripley novels.[33][34][35]

Personal life[edit]

Scott 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."[36] Scott was ranked at No. 22 on The Independent's Rainbow List 2014.[37] In 2023, he said that, when he first started out as an actor, people had "encouraged" him not to disclose his sexual orientation.[38]

Scott worked with the charity IdeasTap, mentoring young actors and helping them to start their careers,[6] until the charity closed in June 2015 due to a lack of funds.[39]

Acting credits[edit]

Film[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
The Scapegoat Paul
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
Handsome Devil Dan Sherry
2017 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
2022 Catherine Called Birdy Lord Rollo
2023 All of Us Strangers Adam
2024 Back in Action TBA Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Budgie Peter TV film
1998 Miracle at Midnight Michael Grunbaum TV film
1998 The American Valentin de Bellegarde TV 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 TV film
2007 Nuclear Secrets Andrei Sakarov episode: "Superbomb"
2008 John Adams Col. William Smith 4 episodes
2008 Little White Lie Barry TV film
2010 Foyle's War James Devereaux episode: "The Hide"
2010 Lennon Naked Paul McCartney TV 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 TV film
2012 The Town Mark Nicholas 3 episodes
2013 Dates[40] 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"
2017–2021 School of Roars Narrator / various voices main cast
2017–2018 Big Hero 6: The Series Obake (voice) 11 episodes
2018 King Lear Edgar TV film
2019 Fleabag The Priest [41] 6 episodes[42]
2019 Black Mirror Christopher Michael Gillhaney episode: "Smithereens"
2019 Modern Love Tobin episode: "Hers Was a World of One"
2019–2022 His Dark Materials Colonel John Parry / Jopari 7 episodes
2021 The Pursuit of Love Lord Merlin 3 episodes
2021 Oslo Terje Rød-Larsen TV film
2024 Ripley Tom Ripley 8 episodes; also producer

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Character Director Company
1992 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 The 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[43] Langley Collyer Simon Evans Found111
2016 Letters Live[44][45][46] Reader Freemasons' Hall
2017 Hamlet[47][48] Hamlet Robert Icke Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre
2019 Present Laughter Garry Essendine Matthew Warchus The Old Vic
2020 Three Kings[49] Patrick Matthew Warchus The Old Vic (Old Vic: In Camera)
2023 Vanya[50] All characters Sam Yates Duke of York's Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]

Scott has received numerous accolades including a BAFTA TV Award, two Laurence Olivier Awards, a Critics' Choice Television Award, and a British Independent Film Award as well as nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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