How much TV do you watch?
I used to watch more than I do now! I’ve started an awful lot of box sets but then think, “I’m never going to be able to commit to this!”
How many screens do you have at home?
I have one TV but I did watch Ireland win the Six Nations in bed on my iPad!
What do you enjoy?
I like to mix the highbrow with the lowbrow. I hate it when people say, “What’s your guilty pleasure?” There can be a terrible snobbery if you work in the theatre, where worthy artists frown on reality TV. I’ve definitely watched a bit of TOWIE…
First TV crush?
There was a guy in CHiPs, Poncherello… He had good teeth!
Has coming out changed your career?
I came out a long time ago but since people have cottoned on to it I’ve done three Hollywood movies, so not in my experience. I don’t think it’s about sexuality, it’s about a person’s energy. Before I did Moriarty, I felt like I had a villain in me because of the way I looked, but I had an innocent little Irish face and wasn’t seen like that. Now it’s the opposite and I’m really looking to play a romantic character in something contemporary where I get to wear jeans!
Audience Award favourite?
It would be a bit boring if I said Sherlock, so Bake Off — I like the sewing and painting versions, too. I’ve been inspired, but certainly not enough to bake myself… or run up a pinny!
Why Sherlock should win the Bafta Radio Times Audience Award