When the Sherlock actor studied for his role as a KGB spy in the BBC2 drama Legacy, he practiced his Russian accent by watching videos of Vladimir Putin. Scott told The Independent in 2013:
"But then Putin introduced anti-gay legislation this summer," "So, being a gay person, I switched to Rudolf Nureyev videos instead. It was another Nureyev defection of sorts!" - (The Independent)
Andrew Scott (born 21 October 1976) is an Irish film, television and stage actor. He plays Jim Moriarty in the BBC series Sherlock and is currently starring as the lead in a production of Hamlet at the Almeida Theatre directed by Robert Icke.
Scott has received various awards including two Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for his roles in A Girl in a Car with a Man at the Royal Court Theatre, along with his role in Cock, also at the Royal Court. He has also won two IFTA awards for his roles in the films Dead Bodies and The Stag, a British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Sherlock, a BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Pride, and two BBC Audio Drama Awards for his radio work.