Andrew Scott Bio
From his iconic role as the cunning antagonist Professor Moriarty in the beloved television series “Sherlock”, to his emotionally resonant portrayals both on stage and screen, Andrew Scott has etched his name firmly into the annals of acting history. He has over 65 acting credits to his name, 30 award nominations, as well as 46 wins, including the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Best Supporting Actor for the aforementioned role in the series “Sherlock”.
However, Andrew’s talent extends far beyond the confines of a single role. His career boasts a multitude of remarkable performances, each distinct in its emotional intensity and creative finesse. Let us tell you more about his career, his life, and his plans for the future.
Early life, family, and education
Born under the zodiac sign of Libra on 21 October 1976, Andrew is today aged 46 (as of August 2023). He’s a native of Dublin, Ireland, where he was raised by his parents, Jim and Nora, an employment agency worker and teacher, respectively. Andrew has two sisters, Sarah and Hannah.
Andrew had an interest in acting from an early age – as he put it, a ‘healthy obsession’ with acting. As a child, Andrew was in a few commercials on Irish television, before landing his first movie role aged 17.
When it comes to his educational background, Andrew attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 1994, he enrolled at Gonzaga College, however, he transferred to Trinity College Dublin to study drama, but dropped out of college after six months, and joined Abbey Theatre. Subsequently, aged 22, he moved to London, England, hoping to raise his acting career to a higher level.
Roles in movies
Andrew made his acting debut playing Eamon Doyle in the 1995 drama “Korea”, in which he starred opposite Donal Donnelly and Fiona Molony. The movie followed the story of a father and son, set in the ‘50s, during a period of mass emigration, when after landing in America, young Irish emigrants were enlisted and transported to serve in the Korean War.
Two years later, Andrew starred as Paul in another drama, entitled “Drinking Crude”, before making his Hollywood debut as a Soldier on the Beach in the 1998 multiple-awarded movie “Saving Private Ryan”, starring Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore and Matt Damon. This war drama had 75 award nominations as well as 79 wins, including five Oscars (Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Director, Best Film Editing, and Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing).
The early 2000s saw Andrew in “Nora” (2000), “Dead Bodies” (2003), “The Quatermass Experiment” (2005), and “Little White Lie” (2008), among others. He followed with his lead role as Laevsky in the 2010 drama “Anton Chekhov’s The Duel”, also starring Tobias Menzies and Fiona Glascott. Andrew was next cast to play Paul in the 2012 movie “The Scapegoat”, the story of two different men with one thing in common – their faces; film was based on the novel of the same title by Daphne Du Maurier.
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In the following year, Andrew was heard as the voice of Donal in the drama “Locke”, starring Tom Hardy, which had 33 award nominations and seven wins, including the British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay.
Andrew’s first significant role came in 2014 when he was cast to play Gethin Roberts in the critically acclaimed movie “Pride”, based on the true story of a gay activist from the United Kingdom who helped and supported miners during their strike in 1984. The movie, also starring Dominic West, Bill Nighy, and Imelda Staunton, had 25 award nominations and 10 wins, including the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer (Stephen Beresford and David Livingston).
For his performance, Andrew was nominated for the National Film Awards, UK for Best Breakthrough Performance in a Film, and Best Actor, while he won the British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Andrew followed with his role as C in the 2015 ‘James Bond’ movie “Spectre”, starring Daniel Craig, which won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song.
Next, Andrew was seen in “Alice Through the Looking Glass” (2016), “The Delinquent Season” (2018), and “Present Laughter” (2019), which earned him the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor. In the following year, he was cast to play Elias in the short movie “Cognition”, the story of an unbreakable bond between son and father, which had 369 wins, with Andrew winning numerous festival awards for Best Actor. Just to name a few, he won the Cinema World Fest Award of Excellence, the Crown Point International Film Festival Award, and European Cinematography Award, among many others.
Most recently, Andrew played Lord Rollo in the 2022 adventure “Catherine Called Birdy”, which brought him nominations for the Irish Film and Television Award (Best Supporting Actor – Film), and the CinEuphoria Award (Best Supporting Actor – International Competition).
We can share the great news with Andrew’s admirers: he’s completed filming of his latest movie, “All of Us Strangers”, set to premiere in October 2023. Additionally, he’s announced two more films, entitled “Back in Action” and “Heart of Darkness”, which are currently in development.
A glimpse into ALL OF US STRANGERS, a film by Andrew Haigh. In theaters December 22nd. #AllOfUsStrangers
Roles in series
Andrew made his first TV series appearance playing Michael Grunbaum in an episode of the series “The Wonderful World of Disney” in 1998, followed by his role as John D. Hall in the 2001 TV mini-series “Band of Brothers”. Three years later, he starred as Jones in the comedy series “My Life in Film”, opposite Kris Marshall and Alice Lowe.
In the following years, Andrew guest starred in “Spies, Lies and the Superbomb” (2007), “John Adams” (2008), and “Foyle’s War” (2010). From 2010 through 2017, Andrew had a recurring role as Professor Moriarty in the series “Sherlock”, which earned him numerous accolades and praise. Besides the aforementioned BAFTA Award, he was nominated for the Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries, and the Gold Derby TV Award for TV Movie/Mini Supporting Actor of the Decade, among others.
Concurrently, he was seen as Dalien Bevan in the 2012 TV mini-series “Blackout”, which won the Royal Television Society, UK/Craft & Design Award for Best Photography: Drama. In 2016, Andrew played King Louis in the series “The Hollow Crown”, based on Shakespeare’s plays “Richard II” and “Henry IV”.
During 2017 and 2018, he was heard as Drake in “Big Hero 6: The Series”, followed by his role as The Priest in the comedy-drama “Fleabag” in 2019. The show, based on the award-winning play, and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, had 69 award nominations, and 64 wins, including six Primetime Emmys.
For his performance, Andrew won the Gold Derby TV Award for Comedy Supporting Actor, and the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, while he was nominated for the Golden Globe, USA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Another of Andrew’s notable roles was his portrayal of Lord Merlin in the 2021 TV mini-series “The Pursuit of Love”, a romantic drama about two girls looking for a perfect husband, which brought Andrew a nomination for the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Drama.
Andrew will be seen starring as Tom Ripley in the TV mini-series “Ripley”, opposite Dakota Fanning and Johnny Flynn, which follows the story of Tom, a fraudster from New York City, who after being hired by a rich man, finds himself entangled in a web of deception and murder. The series, based on the novel “The Talented Mr. Ripley” by Patricia Highsmith, is expected to air by the end of 2023.
Love life and girlfriend
He has been seen at various red-carpet events with his female co-stars, however, none of them stole his heart. Andrew is gay, and his heart for years belonged to his long-term partner, Stephen Beresford, a writer from Dublin. The two began dating in 2009, but separated after ten years.
However, in 2022, Andrew and Stephen were again seen together on a city break in Venice, Italy. Andrew’s spokesperson confirmed that they were together on a trip, but as friends. As of August 2023, it seems that Andrew is single.
How rich is Andrew Scott? Net Worth
According to critics, his filmography is a testament to his versatility, showcasing his capacity to seamlessly transition between genres and characters with unmatched authenticity. Besides prominence, Andrew’s acting talent’s brought him decent wealth.
Reportedly, as of August 2023, his net worth has been estimated at over $10 million.