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Andrew Scott as Jim Moriarty in Sherlock. (BBCA)
Andrew Scott as Jim Moriarty in Sherlock. (BBCA)

Do you find yourself feeling guilty because you sometimes secretly cheer for the villainous Moriarty in Sherlock?

We don’t blame you; it’s hard not to fall under the spell of Irish actor Andrew Scott, who takes on the role of the psychopathic Jim Moriarty opposite Anglo fan favorites Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Scott has signed on to play another baddie in the BBC adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons, reports RadioTimes.

The 1930 novel is actually a childhood adventure story, revolving around two families on holiday in the Lake District in England. The Walker children and the Blackett children daydream of making an escape, sailing away on two boats called the Amazon and the Swallow. The children imagine the Blackett’s grumpy uncle as a pirate and assign him the role of their arch nemesis.

Scott’s character doesn’t exist in the novel, but was written for the film, according to RadioTimes. He portrays a secret agent who is after the recluse uncle.

Swallows and Amazons will be directed by Call the Midwife’s Philippa Lowthorpe. The cast also includes Rafe Spall (Black Mirror), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire) and Jessica Hynes (W1A).

The film does not yet have a release date.

Scott is currently filming Spectre, the next installment in the James Bond series, set to come out in the U.S. on November 6, 2015. We can look forward to seeing him in Victor Frankenstein, opposite James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe, also out in November. In 2016 he’ll star in The Hollow Crown as King Louis XI of France.

What’s your favorite Andrew Scott role so far?

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By Brigid Brown