Andrew Scott (born 21 October 1976) is an Irish film, television, and stage actor. In 2010, he achieved widespread recognition playing the role of Jim Moriarty in the BBC series Sherlock, a dramatic role which continued until 2017. In 2017 he won acclaim playing the title role of Hamlet in a production first staged at the Almeida Theatre, directed by Robert Icke, and for which he has been nominated for a 2018 Olivier Award for Best Actor.[1]

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

Scott was born in Dublin, Ireland. His father, Jim, worked in an employment agency, and his mother, Nora, was an art teacher.[2][3] He has an older sister, Sarah, a sports coach, and a younger sister, Hannah.[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.[2][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 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".[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 as Col. William Smith in the 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 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 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,[2] 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.'[citation needed]

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'[14] 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'.[15]

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.[2]

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.[16][17] The production was filmed and broadcast on BBC Two at Easter 2018.[18]

Scott works with the charity IdeasTap mentoring young actors and helping to start their careers.[2]

Personal life

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."[19] On being asked as to how he prepared his accent for his BBC2 drama Legacy, where he played a Soviet diplomat, 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!"[20]

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'.[21]


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 Ivan Andreich Laevsky Film
2010 Chasing Cotards Hart Elliot-Hinwood Short film
2010 Silent Things Jake Short film
2010 Foyle's War James Devereaux TV series (1 episode: "The Hide")
2010 Lennon Naked Paul McCartney TV movie
2010–present Sherlock Jim Moriarty TV series (12 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 Spencer TV movie
2012 The Town Mark Nicholas TV series
2013 Legacy Viktor Koslov Film
2013 The Stag Davin Film
2013 Dates[22] 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 Earth's Seasonal Secrets Narrator Documentary series, 4 episodes
2016 Alice Through the Looking Glass Addison Bennett Film
2016 Swallows and Amazons Lazlow Film
2016 Denial Anthony Julius Film
2016 This Beautiful Fantastic Vernon Kelly Film
2016 Steel Country Donald Film
2017 Handsome Devil Dan Sherry Film
2017 Quacks Charles Dickens TV series (1 episode: "The Lady's Abscess")
2017 The Hope Rooms Sean Short film (post-production)
2017 Big Hero 6: The Series Obake (voice) TV series
2018 King Lear Edgar Television film


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 Cherubino 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[23][24][25] Freemasons' Hall
The Dazzle[26] Langley Collyer Simon Evans Found111
Hamlet[27][28] Hamlet Robert Icke Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre Nominated – Olivier Award for Best Actor

Awards and nominations

Year Organisation Award Nominated work Result
1998 Irish Times Theatre Awards Best Supporting Actor Long Day's Journey into Night Nominated
2003 IFTA Best Actor in a Lead Role 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 Supporting Actor in a Lead Role in Drama The Hollow Crown Nominated


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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. ^ Billington, Michael (13 March 2014). "Birdland review – Ceaselessly inventive critique of rock stardom". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
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  17. ^ Kellaway, Kate (June 25, 2017). "Hamlet review – an all-consuming marvel". The Observer. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Viewers were blown away by Andrew Scott's "captivating, truthful and heartbreaking" Hamlet performance". Radio Times. April 1, 2018. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
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  23. ^ "Letters Live: Epistolary Joy At Freemasons' Hall". Londonist. 
  24. ^ "BBC Sherlock star, X Files actor and a host of other celebrities perform at charity event for the Reading Agency". The Guardian. 
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  27. ^ "Review – Hamlet – Live Theatre UK". Live Theatre UK. 
  28. ^ "Review – Auditorium – Hamlet Review". Auditorium Magazine. 

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