To most of the world, he was Jim Moriarty on BBC's cult television series "Sherlock," but the Ireland-born Andrew Scott worked steadily in Irish and British arts for decades, able to lend his talent to stage and screen work alike. Openly gay but never intending to call attention to it, he nonetheless made it to #22 on <i>The Independent</i>'s Rainbow List 2014, which lists "101 lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender people who really make a difference." Andrew Scott was born on October 21, 1976 in Churchtown, Ireland, a suburb of Dublin. The son of a government employment manager and a secondary school art teacher, he started taking drama classes at age eight at Ann Kavanagh's Young People's Theatre while studying at the Gonzaga College Jesuit boys' school in Ranelagh. After working on two television commercials for Irish television (one of which involved Mickey Mouse and 21 cans of Fanta), he was offered the lead role of Eamon Doyle in Cathal Black's film "Korea," marking Scott's movie debut at only age 17. Entering Trinity College in 1994 with his eyes set on a degree in drama, Scott lasted in the program for only six months, choosing to drop out in favor of a spot at the Abbey Theatre, the national theatre of Ireland. Scott later received the 1998 Actor of the Year Independent Spirit of Life Award for his work in the Gate Theatre's landmark production of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night." After appearing in a range of film roles, including work in Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning "Saving Private Ryan" and the Ewan McGregor-starring "Nora," Scott made London his permanent residence in 1999, making his London stage debut at the Royal Court Theatre in Conor McPherson's "Dublin Carol" opposite Brian Cox and doing impressive work on the BAFTA-winning television film "Longitude," co-starring Sir Michael Gambon. While never one to chase celebrity or fame, Scott soared into the mainstream with his engaging, charismatic performance as Jim Moriarty, the lead villain on the BBC's updated version of "Sherlock," starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. While only appearing in series one for a total of nine minutes, Scott returned to each series in greater capacities, earning him the 2012 BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. He next won a British Independent Film Award for "Pride," the Matthew Warchus crowd pleaser about the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners alliance of 1984, which Scott described as "essentially a romantic comedy between two opposing groups, rather than two people."