Sherlock star Andrew Scott has come out officially as gay.
The BAFTA-award winning actor, who starred as Moriarty in the British drama, confirmed his sexuality.
Speaking to The Independent, he said: ‘Mercifully, these people don't see being gay as a character flaw.
‘But nor is it a virtue, like kindness. Or a talent, like playing the banjo. It's just a fact.
‘Of course, it's part of my make-up, but I don't want to trade on it. I am a private person; I think that's important if you're an actor. But there's a difference between privacy and secrecy, and I'm not a secretive person.
‘Really I just want to get on with my job, which is to pretend to be lots of different people. Simple as that.’
Playing the baddie opposite Benedict Cumberbatch has certainly won him favors, as he was soon being offered leading roles in several other dramas like The Town and The Scapegoat.
“It was overwhelming to be on a TV show that is quite so popular,’ Scott said.
‘That took me totally by surprise. People had an instant affection for it from the first episode.
‘The reaction was extraordinary. People still come up to me in the street all the time, wanting to talk about it.’
Scott will soon be starring in a one-off BBC2 drama Legacy, set in the conflict between the UK and USSR.
Playing a KGB spy, Scott revealed he studied the Russian accent by looking at Vladimir Putin videos.
He said: ‘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!’
Scott will also be in Matthew Warchus’ movie Pride, a true story about an alliance between the striking miners and the LGBT community in Margaret Thatcher’s Britain.