Sunday 15 December 2019

Great Scott: How it all began with a bowl of porridge

Andrew Scott, third from right, in ‘The Stag’
Andrew Scott, third from right, in ‘The Stag’

Andrew Scott was born in Dublin in 1977 and grew up in the suburb of Churchtown. He studied in the private Jesuit-run school, Gonzaga, and went on to study drama in Trinity, but left before graduating to take a job with the Abbey Theatre.

His acting career started early with roles in ads, most famously as the jogging kid in the ad for Flahavan's porridge.

His first film role came in 1996 in the film Korea and that was followed quickly by roles in Saving Private Ryan and Nora and later by Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers and the BBC drama The Hour.

His career is defined by variety and he keeps fans guessing by switching between film and television and theatre. Scott was most recently seen on Irish screens in John Butler's film The Stag and his next role will be as the priest, Father Seamus, in director Ken Loach's Cannes Film Festival entry Jimmy's Hall.

It will tell the story of the Irish political activist Jimmy Gralton, who was deported from Ireland in the 1930s by Éamon de Valera for alleged communist activity.

Scott currently lives in London.

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