'Sherlock' Actor Andrew Scott Comes Out as a 'Gay Person'
The Independent interviewed Irish actor Andrew Scott, who plays Moriarty in the BBC1 series Sherlock opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. Scott spoke publicly about his sexuality for the first time when asked about Legacy, a BBC2 drama about spying between the UK and USSR during the Cold War years:
The actor boasts a terrific Russian accent in Legacy. Where did it come from? “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.”