As criminal mastermind Jim Moriarty in nine episodes of BBC’s “Sherlock”, Scott went toe to toe with Benedict Cumberbatch’s famed detective. In addition to looking great in a suit and the British crown jewels, Scott brings a bit of fun to his role as Sherlock’s witty foe.
Cue the waterworks for the based-on-a-true-story film about a group of gay activists who help Welsh miners during the 1984 miners strike in the U.K. Scott stars as Gethin, one of the activists who shows the miners that they have more in common than they think. The Irish star won the Best Supporting Actor award at the British Independent Film Awards and the movie took home the Queer Palm at Cannes.
‘Modern Love’ (2019)
Amazon Prime’s ensemble series about love in the modern world features an episode with Scott and Brandon Kyle Goodman as a same-sex couple hoping to become parents. Scott gets to dip into his more vulnerable side as a neurotic New Yorker who finds the pregnant Karla (Olivia Cooke) might be the answer to the couple’s prayers.
‘The Stag’ (2013)
Also known as “The Bachelor Weekend” in the U.S., “The Stag” is one of the best Irish comedies of the decade. Scott stars as Davin, the best man to his long-time pal Fionan (Hugh O’Conor) who leads a group of his best mates into the great outdoors for a bachelor weekend full of unexpected – and hilarious – surprises. As emotional as it is funny, Scott gets to deliver a deadly rendition of “On Raglan Road” that definitely tugs at the heartstrings.
‘Dead Bodies’ (2003)
After accidentally murdering his not-so-nice-girlfriend and burying her in the woods, the hapless Tommy McGann (Scott) meets a woman named Viv (Kelly Reilly) who seems to know that things are amiss. The black comedy is one of Scott’s first lead roles in a feature film.
In addition to more than two decades on screen, Scott is also a prolific stage actor, having appeared in dozens of plays in Dublin, London, and New York City. If you aren’t one of the lucky ones who have seen him tread the boards in person, seeing him in the film version of the 2018 modern production of “Hamlet” as the tragic Prince Of Denmark is the next best thing.
‘Victor Frankenstein’ (2015)
Need a guilty pleasure? Look no further than “Victor Frankenstein”. Scott stars as Inspector Turpin, a man obsessed with capturing Dr. Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and his trusty hunchbacked assistant, Igor (Daniel Radcliffe). No one asked for a moody and over-the-top Frankenstein origin story, but we’re glad it exists.
‘Black Mirror’ (2019)
Scott is a mild-mannered ride-share driver pushed to his limits in the episode “Smithereens” from season 5 of the anthology series “Black Mirror”. Things quickly spiral out of control for Scott’s character, Chris, as the episode presents a parable on the addictive nature of social media.
‘Handsome Devil’ (2014)
Scott re-teams with his “Stag” director John Butler for the earnest but endearing coming-of-age dramedy “Handsome Devil”. Set in an all-boys boarding school, the actor plays Dan Sherry, an English teacher who takes student Ned (Fionn O’Shea) under his wing. A loner struggling with his sexuality and place within the school’s social structure, Scott’s Sherry has more than a few “Dead Poets Society”-esque words of wisdom for his young pupils.
Blockbusters aren’t exactly prevalent on Scott’s resume but if you’re gonna go big, go "Bond". Scott stepped into the role of Max Denbigh, better known as C, which, depending on who you ask, stand for “Chaos” or “Careless”. Like most Bond roles, what you see is not what you get and Denbigh is no exception.