Scott at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||21 October 1976|
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 (2010–2017). He won acclaim playing the title role of Hamlet in a 2017 production first staged at the Almeida Theatre, for which he was nominated for the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Actor.
Scott has received various 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. He has also won a British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor for Sherlock, two IFTA awards for his roles in Dead Bodies and Sherlock, a BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Pride, and two BBC Audio Drama Awards for his radio work.
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 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.
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".
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 as Col. William Smith in the HBO miniseries John Adams, opposite Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti. Mamie Gummer, Meryl Streep's daughter, played his wife. In 2009, he appeared in Sea Wall, a one-man show written especially for him by 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.'
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 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'.
In 2017, Scott's performance in the title role of Hamlet won critical acclaim. The play was directed by Robert Icke and first produced at the Almeida Theatre. The production was filmed and broadcast on BBC Two at Easter 2018. Scott provided the voice of Obake in Big Hero 6: The Series.
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, Andrew Scott starred as the matinee idol Garry Essendine in Matthew Warchus's revival of Noël Coward's chaotic Thirties caper 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 (TV series).
On September 25, 2019, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Scott had been cast as Tom Ripley in a series adapted from Patricia Highsmith's Ripley novels. The ongoing series, of which a first, 8-episode season has been commissioned by Showtime, will be directed by Steven Zaillian.
Scott is gay, and commented in November 2013, "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 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!"
|1998||Saving Private Ryan||Soldier on the Beach|
|1998||The Tale of Sweety Barrett||Danny|
|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|
|2010||Silent Things||Jake||Short film|
|2012||Sea Wall||Alex||Short film|
|2014||Jimmy's Hall||Father Seamus|
|2015||Spectre||C (Max Denbigh)|
|2015||Victor Frankenstein||Inspector Roderick Turpin|
|2016||Alice Through the Looking Glass||Addison Bennett|
|2016||Swallows and Amazons||Lazlow|
|2016||This Beautiful Fantastic||Vernon Kelly|
|2017||Handsome Devil||Dan Sherry|
|2017||The Hope Rooms||Sean||Short film|
|2017||The Delinquent Season||Chris|
|2018||Steel Country||Donald Devlin|
|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|
|2010–2016||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||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"|
|2017–2018||Big Hero 6: The Series||Obake (voice)||11 episodes|
|2018||King Lear||Edgar||Television film|
|2019||Fleabag||The Priest||6 episodes|
|2019||Black Mirror||Christopher Michael Gillhaney||Episode: "Smithereens"|
|2019||Modern Love||Tobin||2 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|1998||Irish Times Theatre Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Long Day's Journey into Night||Nominated|
|2003||IFTA||Best Actor in a Lead Role – Film||Dead Bodies||Won|
|2004||Berlin International Film Festival||Shooting Stars Award||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 Supporting Actor||Referee||Won|
|2012||BAFTA||Best Supporting Actor||Sherlock||Won|
|2013||IFTA||Best Supporting TV Actor||Won|
|BBC Audio Drama Awards||Best Actor||Betrayal||Won|
|2014||IFTA||Actor in a Lead Role in a Feature Film||The Stag||Nominated|
|British Independent Film Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Pride||Won|
|2015||IFTA||Actor in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film||Nominated|
|Best Supporting TV Actor||Sherlock||Nominated|
|2017||Actor in a Supporting Role in Drama||The Hollow Crown||Nominated|
|2018||Laurence Olivier Awards||Best Actor in a Play||Hamlet||Nominated|
|2019||Gold Derby Television Awards||Best Comedy Supporting Actor||Fleabag||Won|
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- Smith, Andrea. "Master villain... Bond star Andrew Scott". Independent IE.
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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.
- "2008 Pulitzer Prizes for Letters, Drama and Music". The New York Times. 7 April 2008. 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. Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. 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.
- 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.
- Clapp, Susannah (5 March 2017). "Hamlet review – Andrew Scott is a truly sweet prince". The Observer. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
- Kellaway, Kate (25 June 2017). "Hamlet review – an all-consuming marvel". The Observer. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
- "Viewers were blown away by Andrew Scott's "captivating, truthful and heartbreaking" Hamlet performance". Radio Times. 1 April 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
- "Showtime Press Express | SHOWTIME ORDERS DRAMA SERIES 'RIPLEY' WITH ANDREW SCOTT IN TITLE ROLE". www.cbspressexpress.com. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
- "Andrew Scott to Play 'Talented Mr. Ripley' in Showtime Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
- Rampton, James (15 November 2013). "Sherlock has changed my whole career': Andrew Scott interview".
- "'Sherlock has changed my whole career': Andrew Scott interview". The Independent. 15 November 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
- "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.
- "Andrew Scott joins BBC comedy Fleabag". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
- "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 Festival". The Telegraph.
- "The Dazzle review – some of the best acting in London | Stage". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
- "Review – Hamlet – Live Theatre UK". Live Theatre UK.
- "Review – Auditorium – Hamlet Review". Auditorium Magazine.
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