Thanks to his role as the zeitgeist-grabbing “Sexy Priest” in season two of Fleabag, Irish actor Andrew Scott is having a bit of a moment. If you’re a fan of his Fleabag antics, as well as his BAFTA-winning performance as the dastardly Moriarty in Sherlock, here’s where else to check him out.
This heartwarming British movie tells the true story of a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners’ strike of 1984. Co-starring opposite the likes of Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy, and Dominic West, Scott plays a gay Welshman who returns to the small mining community where he grew up, but never previously felt able to live an authentic life. Don’t be surprised if his performance (and the whole film) makes you a little emotional.
Scott has a key role in the most recent Bond movie as Max Denbigh, aka C, the Director-General of the Joint Security Service – a controversial merging of the U.K.’s foreign and domestic intelligence agencies. This puts him at loggerheads with Ralph Fiennes‘ M, head of the foreign agency, as a tense exchange in the clip above demonstrates. It later turns out that Denbigh isn’t quite what he seems, which gives Scott the chance to deliver a performance with a welcome (but not excessive) hint of Moriarty to it.
Doctor Who‘s Christopher Eccleston stars as John Lennon in this BBC TV movie focusing on the iconic singer-songwriter’s life in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Torchwood‘s Naoko Mori plays Yoko Ono, and Scott appears in a supporting role as none other than Sir Paul McCartney! You can check out his (very good) Liverpudlian accent in the clip above.
This underrated Irish coming-of-age movie follows a relationship that blossoms between two very different boarding school pupils: popular jock Conor (Chambers‘ Nicholas Galitzine) and quiet outsider Ned (The Aftermath‘s Fionn O’Shea). Scott provides affecting support as the teacher who gently encourages them to embrace their true selves by saying: “If you spend your whole life being someone else, who is going to be you?” Preach, Andrew, preach!
Scott’s Black Mirror episode, this year’s ‘Smithereens,’ is actually one of the dystopian drama’s most conventional. He plays a frustrated driver for an Uber-style rideshare service who takes a company intern (Damson Idris) hostage so he can make a seriously dramatic point about the negative effects of modern technology. Scott’s searingly intense performance ensures that even the episode’s more predictable plot developments remain compelling.
Swallows and Amazons
This British period film, an adaptation of a popular children’s novel by Arthur Ransome, offers lots of wholesome, family-friendly fun. Rafe Spall (One Day, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) plays Captain Flint, a charismatic figure who teaches a group of outdoorsy kids to sail during their summer vacation in England’s stunning Lake District in 1929. Scott adds a dash of menace as Lazlow, a secret agent-type figure who’s intent on tracking down Captain Flint for some unknown reason. It’s definitely one to watch on a cozy fall afternoon.
It’s a shame this BBC drama about a fictional 1950s current affairs series didn’t last longer; the awesome cast was led by Romola Garai, Dominic West, and Ben Whishaw, and gave supporting roles to Torchwood‘s Burn Gorman and Doctor Who‘s Peter Capaldi, among others. Scott has a memorable guest role in season one as Adam Le Ray, a hard-drinking and pretty hammy actor with a not very well kept secret.
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