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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 21 October 1976Dublin, Ireland
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Andrew Scott was born in Churchtown, Dublin, Ireland. His parent's worked as a state school teacher and an employment manager in the public sector. He has two sisters, Sarah and Hannah.

Andrew made his film debut aged 17, as the young lead in acclaimed Irish film Korea. Dropping out of his Drama degree at Trinity College to join Dublin's famous Abbey Theatre, he garnered rave reviews for a season of lead roles.

After filming a small part in Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, he worked with legendary film and theatre director Karel Reisz on the classic American play Long Day's Journey Into Night for which he won Actor Of The Year at the Independent Spirit of Life Awards as well as an Irish Times Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, at just twenty-one years old.

He then filmed Nora with Ewan McGregor and 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 major roles in the BAFTA winning drama Longitude opposite Michael Gambon and multi-award winning series 'Band Of Brothers' for HBO.

For his role in Buena Vista's Dead Bodies, Andrew won Best Actor at the Irish Film Awards.

He then went on to receive the prestigious Shooting Star Award at the Berlin Film Festival.

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 Theatre Goers Choice Award for his heart-breaking performance in the National Theatre's Aristocrats.

He created the roles of the twin brothers in the original Royal Court production of Christopher Shinn's Dying City, at The Royal Court, which was eventually nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Andrew received the 2012 BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Moriarty in international hit Sherlock. He won the 2013 IFTA for the same role.

He has received two Olivier awards for his work in the theatre, the IFTA for Best Actor in a Film, and the BBC Audio Award for his work in radio drama for two years in succession.

Andrew has appeared in a number of high profile dramas in recent years including spy film, Legacy for the BBC, directed by Pete Travis, Dates with Sheridan Smith, directed by Charles Sturridge, the critically acclaimed drama, The Town , written by Mike Bartlett . The Scapegoat, an adaptation of the Daphne Du Maurier novel, Blackout, alongside Christopher Eccleston, The Hour with Ben Whishaw and Dominic West, and the multi award-winning mega -hit, Sherlock which is sold in over 200 territories and earns him legions of fans worldwide.

His many theatre credits include, most recently, Sea Wall a one -man play written especially for him by Simon Stephens, the title role in Ibsen's, Emperor and Galilean at the National Theatre, and Noel Cowards Design For Living at the Old Vic, for which he was nominated for the Times Breakthrough award at the South Bank Show Awards.

Other roles include, Laevsky in a film adaptation of Anton Chekov's The Duel and Paul McCartney in the BBC film, Lennon Naked. He also starred with Ben Whishaw in a sell-out run of Cock at the Royal Court Theatre, which won them an Olivier award.

Other work includes the multi award-winning John Adams opposite Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti for HBO and The Vertical Hour, his critically acclaimed Broadway debut opposite Julianne Moore, written by David Hare and directed by Sam Mendes, for which he was nominated for a Drama League Award.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous

Andrew Scott grew up in Dublin, Ireland with an older and a younger sister, Sarah and Hannah. His father, Jim, worked in the Fas government employment agency, and his mother, Nora, taught art at a secondary school. Andrew attended Gonzaga, a Jesuit school for boys on the south side of Dublin. From the age of 8 he took drama classes for children on Saturdays at the Anne Kavanagh school, and then in his early twenties he helped tutor younger students. He made two commercials for Irish television, for Flahavan's Porridge and Disney/Fanta.

At 17 Andrew starred in his first professional role in the 1994 Irish drama "Korea." Later that year, he matriculated into Trinity College in Dublin to begin a degree in drama, but left after six months. He went on to perform at the Abbey Theatre, the national theater of Ireland, in four plays.

In early 2000 Scott moved to London for a supporting role in "Longitude," a multi-part television movie starring Michael Gambon. Scott played many roles on the stage and received two Olivier awards. In 2006, Scott made his Broadway debut in David Hare's "The Vertical Hour" starring with Bill Nighy and Julianne Moore. He was nominated for a Drama League award for his role.

Occasional film and television work in Britain, Ireland and America interspersed his stage career. Most notable of these was "Band of Brothers," "John Adams," and the television comedy series, "My Life in Film."

"Sherlock," a modern-day revamp of the classic stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for BBC Television proved to be a turning point in Scott's career in 2010 when he gained notice as Moriarty, the fictional detective's nemesis.

Scott starred in the play, "Birdland" by Simon Stephens, in the spring of 2014, where he played the role of a jaded rock star contemplating the meaning of fame. His film work stepped up considerably with roles in several important movies including 20th Century Fox's James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe starrer, "Frankenstein" released in 2015.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous

Trivia (5)

2004: Named as one of European films' Shooting Stars by European Film Promotion.
In 2005, he won the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement or Performance in an affiliate Theatre for his performance in "A Girl in a Car With a Man".
In 2007, he was nominated for a Drama League award for his Broadway performance, opposite Julianne Moore and Bill Nighy in "The Vertical Hour", by David Hare, directed by Sam Mendes.
He was awarded the 2010 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, along with fellow cast members Ben Whishaw, Katherine Parkinson and Paul Jesson, director James McDonald and playwright Mike Bartlett, for the Royal Court Theatre production of "Cock" by Mike Bartlett.
In 2012, he was listed in The Hospital Club and Time Out's 100 influential people list, namely for his role as "Jim Moriarty" in the TV series, Sherlock (2010).

Personal Quotes (7)

[Speaking about how he learned a Russian accent for Legacy, and his homosexuality] 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 is low-key on the subject of his sexuality. "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. I am a private person; I think that's important if you're an actor. But there's a difference between privacy and secrecy, and I'm not a secretive person. Really I just want to get on with my job, which is to pretend to be lots of different people. Simple as that."
He has lived in London for the past decade with his partner, who is "sort of" in the business. "And that's all you're getting." He clams up. "It sounds maybe a little old fashioned, but the parts I want to play and I do play, you don't want to inject too much of your own personality. What you sacrifice then is a slight mystery."
People get distracted by box-office figures and take jobs because they think it will advance their careers. Of course, it's nice to get a big cheque and be able to buy a massive house, but my view is that we're not here long, so why not do something of value?
I'm an enthusiast for people, and I don't want them to become the enemy. I've seen that happen to colleagues who are disturbed the whole time, but there's a certain degree of control you can have if you keep yourself to yourself. The kind of actors I admire move through different characters and genres. That's the kind of actor I try to be. If you want that, you have to be circumspect about your private life.
[From November 30, 2012 on a biography about his life] I've heard about that and I don't support it. I absolutely don't. For a start, it's too early to be writing a book about me. Plus I find it intrusive. And it will be inaccurate, that's what it'll be.
[when asked about fans] You get the occasional odd person.
[From an interview with the Sunday Mirror (London, England) from Oct. 8, 2000] I had a girlfriend in Dublin but I've been on my own for three years now.

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