Andrew Scott is a veteran of all of acting's schools, with numerous credits across stage and screen.
He was born in Dublin, and attended a Jesuit boys' school in the south of the city, where he took part in youth theatre. At only seventeen he was chosen for a starring role in his first film, the acclaimed 'Korea'. Andrew then attended Trinity College in Dublin to begin a degree in drama, but left without completing the course. He instead went into employment at The Abbey Theatre, where he performed in six plays. In 1997 he gained a small role in Steven Spielberg's 'Saving Private Ryan', and then filmed 'Long Day's Journey into Night', which won him Actor of the Year at the Independent Spirit Awards. Andrew moved from Dublin to London in 1999.
Andrew was prolific in small roles on film and television, including parts in 'Nora', alongside Ewan McGregor, and the epic HBO miniseries 'Band of Brothers.' On the London stage, he made his debut opposite Brian Cox in 'Dublin Carol', and in 2005 received an Olivier award for his role in 'A Girl in a Car with a Man'. In 2006, Andrew appeared on Broadway in Sam Mendes' production of 'The Vertical Hour' with Bill Nighy and Julianne Moore. His performance was nominated for a Drama League award.
He returned to HBO in 2008's 'John Adams', playing Col. William Smith in four of the miniseries' seven episodes.
In 2010 he gained double recognition in BBC productions. Firstly for a pitch perfect performance as Paul McCartney in 'Lennon Naked', and then for his unexpected portrayal of Jim Moriarty in 'The Great Game', the third episode of 'Sherlock's' first series. Appearing onscreen for less than nine minutes, his performance instantly sent the character into Twitter's trending topics in the UK.
In the autumn of 2010 he appeared in Noël Coward's 'Design for Living' at the Old Vic, the first time the play had been performed in London for fifteen years.
In 2011, Andrew Scott played the lead role in the National Theatre's production of 'Emperor and Galilean', appearing on stage for much of the play's three and half hour length. He also returned to an expanded role for Jim Moriarty in the second series of 'Sherlock', a performance which won him the best Supporting Actor BAFTA Television Award at the 2012 ceremony in May 2012.
In 2012 Andrew appeared in an ambitious, day long production on BBC Radio Four of James Joyce's Ulysses, as well as appearing onscreen in the BBC One thriller series 'Blackout', opposite Christopher Eccleston, and playing his first leading role in ITV drama 'The Town'.
Andrew appeared in 'The Stag', a 2013 Irish comedy drama about a stag weekend, and in 2014 appeared amongst the ensemble cast of comedy drama Pride, telling the true story of lesbian and gay activists who supported the British Miner's Strike in 1984. More recently he was seen in the latest James Bond blockbuster 'Spectre' and the acclaimed BBC drama 'Hollow Crown' alongside Benedict Cumberbatch.
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