Andrew Scott was born in Dublin, Ireland, the only boy in his family, with a sister, Sarah, two years older, and a sister, Hannah, nine years younger. His father, Jim, worked in an employment agency, and his mother, Nora, taught art at a secondary school. Andrew attended an exclusive, academically challenging, Jesuit boys' school on the south side of Dublin. He took part in youth theater, attending drama classes from the age of nine or ten, and was in two commercials for Irish television. At seventeen he was chosen for a starring role in his first film, "Korea." Andrew then matriculated into Trinity College in Dublin to begin a degree in drama, but soon elected to leave feeling that listening to lecturers rather than getting up and doing the work was a waste of his time. He went on to The Abbey Theatre, the national theater of Ireland, where he performed in four plays.
In 2000 he moved to London where he consistently received rave reviews for his frequent appearances on stage, eventually gaining a solid reputation as a versatile and brilliantly talented performer. He received two Olivier awards, and several other film and theater awards in the early 2000's. Frequent film and television work in Britain, Ireland and America followed. 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 this role.
In the less than nine minutes in which he appeared as the evil master criminal, Jim Moriarty, at the end of the the first series of the BBC television 2010 production of "Sherlock," Scott created a riveting portrait of an intense, psychotically unbalanced and flirty, madman. His brave acting choices threw him into the viewing consciousness, and led to the character - which was only meant to appear in that one instance - to be written into all three episodes of the second series in 2011, and won him a British Film and Television Award for the role in 2012.
Scott has always followed his own path seeking interesting roles and characters, and continues to work in theater, film, television and other venues on both sides of the Atlantic, and wherever a challenging acting opportunity presents itself.
2004: Named as one of European films' Shooting Stars by European Film Promotion.
In 2005 he won an 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 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.
Lives with his partner in London.
Won the 2012 BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Jim Moriarty in BBC's Sherlock. Was asked to use his own accent for his portrayal.
In 2012, he was listed in The Hospital Club and Time out's 100 influential people list, namely for his role as Moriarty in the TV series Sherlock.
(September 2005) Currently performing in Brian Friel's 'Aristocrats' in the Lyttleton auditorium at the Royal National Theatre.
(January 2007) He is currently appearing on Broadway in the play "The Vertical Hour" with Julianne Moore and Bill Nighy.
(November 2010) Appearing in Old Vic production of "Design for Living" in London.
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