Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott Biography

Andrew Scott as Max Denbigh

Andrew Scott is a renowned Irish actor born in Dublin on October 21, 1976. He attended Gonzaga College and took weekend classes at Ann Kavanagh’s Young People’s Theatre in Rathfarnham.

At the age of 17, Scott landed a starring role in his first film, Korea. He received a bursary to attend art school but decided to study drama at Trinity College Dublin. Later, he left college after six months to join Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, where he worked with director Karel Reisz in the production of Long Day’s Journey into Night.

Andrew Scott enjoyed a few small roles including a soldier on the beach in Saving Private Ryan (1998), before he gained recognition for his work in Steven Spielberg’s Band of Brothers and the HBO miniseries John Adams.


He won his first Laurence 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 Royal National Theatre’s Aristocrats. He also starred in the critically acclaimed 2010 film The Duel.

He was also in the Spectre cast, playing corrupt MI5/MI6 official Max Denbigh. He later starred in Victor Frankenstein, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and British war film 1917 among many others.

However, Andrew Scott is best known for his role as Jim Moriarty in the BBC drama series Sherlock, which he played for 8 seasons from 2010-17. He also had a part in BBC Two’s original drama The Hour as Adam Le Ray, a failed, closeted actor.

Andrew Scott’s performance in the title role of Hamlet won critical acclaim and earned him the nomination for Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play. He played The Priest in series two of the award-winning BBC Three comedy-drama Fleabag and appeared in the Netflix anthology series Black Mirror.

In 2019, he starred as the matinee idol Garry Essendine in Matthew Warchus’s revival of Noël Coward’s Present Laughter at the Old Vic in London.

Scott also played Colonel John Parry/Jopari/Stanislaus Grumman in the HBO/BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. And he was cast as Tom Ripley in Ripley, a television series to be adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley novels.

In addition to his stage and TV work, Scott is also known for his voice acting in radio plays and audiobooks.