Sherlock's Andrew Scott: Being gay 'is just a fact'

Sherlock star Andrew Scott (opens in new tab) says he doesn't need to be 'secretive' about his sexuality.

The actor, 37, who shot to fame as Moriarty in the TV adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's detective series, said that he did not want to make a big deal about being gay, but he didn't want to hide it either.

He told The Independent: "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."

The actor said he was happy that his career had taken off after appearing in Sherlock, which will return for a third series early in the New Year.

"Sherlock has changed all our careers, and I'm really pleased about that. It gives you the benefit of the doubt because executives like to see recognisable faces.

"It was overwhelming to be on a TV show that is quite so popular. That took me totally by surprise," he said.

"There is this impression that the fans are crazy, but they're not - they're very respectful. They don't overstep the mark.

"I get a lot of fan mail. Of course, some of it is a bit creepy, but mostly it's very moving and creative."

 

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 


An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.