Andrew Scott: Being gay won't hurt your career

Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott

Openly gay star Andrew Scott has urged other homosexual actors unsure about coming out to be brave and go public with their sexuality.

'Sherlock' star Andrew Scott insists coming out as gay will not hurt other actors' careers.

The 37-year-old actor - who plays the detective's arch-enemy Moriarty in the BBC One drama - insists being open about his sexuality has never had any negative effect on his working life and has urged any of his peers who are unsure about being honest about their private life to go public.

He told the Metro newspaper: "I absolutely refute anybody thinking that it has a negative impact on your career. It's more crazy than it ever was. I do feel a sort of peace that I can be authentic and people like that. I struggle a little with the coming out publicly thing because that was something that I did a long time ago. I did an interview last year and I spoke about it but I've certainly never really been 'in'."

Andrew - who plays Gethin, a gay bookshop owner, in new comedy movie 'Pride' about the 1984 miners' strike - insists his sexuality has never been an issue for him and he has always been open about being gay.

He added: "I think it's very important to be authentic to yourself which I've always been. The most important thing is to be who you are. I don't like to talk about it too much because, frankly, I don't have much more to say about it."

Andrew appeared as Moriarty at the end of 'Sherlock' series three, but he is refusing to be drawn on whether he'll be returning to do battle with Benedict Cumberbatch's 'Sherlock' for series four.

He coyly said: "I can't answer any of those questions. But it's part of the fun of it."


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