Andrew Scott was born in 1976 in Dublin, Ireland, where he trained at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. His acting career started playing a small role in Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, following which he took the role of Edmund in Karel Reisz’s Long Day’s Journey into Night at the Gate Theatre, winning actor of the year at the Sunday Independent Spirit of Line Arts Awards in 1998.
Scott made his West End debut in Dublin Carol at the Royal Court Theatre alongside Brian Cox. He then received his first Olivier Award for his portrayal of Alex in A Girl in a Car with a Man at the Royal Court, later starring in Aristocrats at the National Theatre. His Broadway debut started with his performance in The Vertical Hour alongside Bill Nighy and Julianne Moore.
In 2009, he starred alongside Ben Whishaw, Katherine Parkinson and Paul Jesson in Cock at the Royal Court, later cast in Design for Living at the Old Vic and the lead role in Emperor and Galilean at the National Theatre. In 2013, he took part in National Theatre’s 50 Years on Stage. More recently Scott has performed as Paul in Birdland at the Royal Court and a sell-out engagment of Hamlet at the Almeida Theatre, which later transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre.
Some of Scott's notable screen work includes Jim Moriarty in the acclaimed television series Sherlock alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and the Priest in Fleabag. He also appeared in Band of Brothers as Private John Hall, as C (Max Denbigh) in James Bond film Spectre alongside Daniel Craig.