Andrew Scott, who plays criminal mastermind Moriarty in Sherlock, has given a rare, candid interview in which he discusses his sexuality and his personal experience of "coming out".
The actor, who is set to appear in the movie Pride, about gay and lesbian activists in the 1980s, talked to Attitude about how people need to accept themselves first and foremost.
I never really have [been in the 'closet']. I never didn't speak about it. It's really important to find out who you are before you have success, because there's really a rush now for actors to get as famous as possible and so it was really important for me, in the first ten years of my career just to get to know myself and work hard. I'm glad in a sense that I wasn't a commodity, because when people start to look at you and scrutinise you in a way that they didn't before – it's important you know who they are looking at. You need to know and accept who you are."It's like when people say to me you're not obviously gay, like there is a right way to be gay and a wrong way to be gay. That's horrible.
But he admits his experience of "coming out" was a relatively nice one.
It was really lovely actually. I think I've been very, very, very lucky. I say this from a place of happiness and contentment now but at the time I didn't know what way it was going to be. "Of course I was scared. We are talking about years and years ago now. It's not even in this century. That's another thing, this sort of idea of 'coming out' in public that happened a long time ago. Even the words 'coming out,' because there's an inference that you were ever 'in'.
A lot of gay people do have a lot of compassion and empathy for people who are different. That's the thing I think we should be proud of: You. Just being who you are.