Andrew Scott: “There’s this assumption that Sherlock fans are nuts but they’re really passionate, and I like that”

The man behind Moriarty on the "all-consuming passion" that drives fans of the BBC detective drama

Sherlock fans are known for their passion. Even though we’ve only had nine episodes to pore over, the Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman-starring detective drama drives fans wild with speculation and excitement every time it returns to screens. 


And one man who knows a thing or two about the show’s enthusiastic viewers is Andrew Scott, who has won a Bafta for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis Jim Moriarty and is full of appreciation for the support he receives from the Sherlock fandom. 

“There’s this assumption about fans that they’re nuts,” he tells the new issue of Red magazine. “But they’re people that are really passionate, and I like that.

“Everyone has that when they’re young and as we get older that passion – that real, all-consuming passion – gets knocked out of you and you become cynical.” 

The Irish actor also spoke of his role in the upcoming Bond film, Spectre, which sees him star alongside Daniel Craig’s 007, as well as Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Monica Bellucci and Dave Bautista. “I play the head of an organisation called the Centre for National Security. It’s about ethics and how the new world of surveillance compares with the old world of surveillance, and the tension between them.”

The 38-year-old revealed he called his parents as soon as he heard he’d landed the part in Sam Mendes’ film. “They were delighted. I’ve done a lot of experimental theatre… everybody has at least heard about Bond. Although my mum does like a bit of experimental theatre.”

Scott – who came out in 2013 and publicly showed his support for gay marriage ahead of Ireland’s referendum earlier this year – recalled how, “people came out in droves, from all different backgrounds, to vote for love. And that’s essentially what it is. It also meant that the idea of being gay or being bisexual was discussed by families all over Ireland. So it was no longer talked about in hushed tones.”

He added: “Just because I’m gay doesn’t mean I have to want to get married now. It’s just an option. But it’s about having the same options as everyone else. So now a gay person has a right to get married.”


The full interview appears in the October issue of Red, on sale 1st September 2015. For further exclusive content, please go to

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