Andrew Scott (born 21 October 1976) is an Irish actor. He achieved widespread recognition for playing the role of Jim Moriarty in the BBC series Sherlock, a role that earnt him the BAFTA Television Award for Best Supporting Actor. 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. He won further acclaim playing the lead role of Garry Essendine in a 2019 production of Present Laughter staged at The Old Vic, for which he won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor.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.
Scott is gay, and 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."When asked in the same interview how he prepared his accent for the drama Legacy, in which he played a Soviet diplomat, Scott 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 No. 22 on The Independent's Rainbow List 2014.
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. He has an older sister, Sarah, and a younger sister, Hannah. He was raised as a Catholic, but has since left the faith. 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. He once stated to the London Evening Standard magazine that he always had a "healthy obsession" with acting.
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