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'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:

ScottThe 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.”

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  1. He's terrific in Sherlock. Acts Cumberbatch off the screen.

    Posted by: sundayboy | Nov 18, 2013 11:39:16 AM

  2. Phenomenal on screen, and seems like a good, grounded guy in real life.

    Posted by: Blake | Nov 18, 2013 11:46:47 AM

  3. I thought he had denied being gay at one point

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Nov 18, 2013 11:51:07 AM

  4. He's *really* good on Sherlock. Menacing and unpredictable.

    Posted by: Mikey | Nov 18, 2013 12:46:08 PM

  5. I thought he was already out. I think this statement is just confirmation.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 18, 2013 1:11:53 PM

  6. He was great as Moriarty, but I gotta admit that he was pinging my gaydar, and not just because of the early scene where Moriarty was pretending to be gay either.

    Posted by: Craig S | Nov 18, 2013 3:05:37 PM

  7. "There's a difference between privacy and secrecy..."


    Posted by: TampaZeke | Nov 18, 2013 3:42:54 PM

  8. "you should see me in a crown". I figured that out when he stole the crown jewels. hehe. Great actor!

    Posted by: Alan | Nov 19, 2013 12:55:50 AM

  9. Awesome! I wish him alll the happiness he deserves! ...though i kinda wanna see his man now :P

    Posted by: Loonie | Nov 20, 2013 1:15:02 AM

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