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From Ballinrobe Road to BAFTAs

From Ballinrobe Road in Westport to BAFTA

Áine Ryan

IT may have all started in a hayshed on the Ballinrobe Road in Westport. Certainly, BAFTA winner, Andrew Scott’s passion for treading the boards started early. Indeed, his mother Norah told The Mayo News yesterday that this year’s Best Supporting Actor loved nothing better, from the age of three, than to stand in front of a long mirror and play out different roles.
Now, over three decades later, he has scooped a coveted British Academy of Film and Television Award (BAFTA) for his role as Jim Moriarty in the BBC  series about the famous sleuth Sherlock Holmes, ‘Sherlock’.
Thanking his fellow actors and competitors for the award, Andrew Scott said at the ceremony: “I’d like to thank my mum and dad and all my friends who will be screaming at the television right now. I was very grateful to be able to play the part and I’m totally thrilled.”
Andrew Scott’s dad, Jimmy was born and reared on a farm at Ballydonnellan on the Ballinrobe Road. Jimmy’s late father, Tom Scott, was a county councillor for a time. Jimmy later moved to Dublin where he worked for Fás as a director and married secondary school teacher, Norah Scott. 
While the family now has a holiday home near Newport, they spent many summers in Westport when the children – Andrew, Hannah and Sarah – were young.
“We used to rent out a cottage by the sea and head off to Bertra and Old Head and, of course, the White Strand near Louisburgh. Andrew also loved playing up in the hayshed on the family farm and they all were very keen tennis players and played on the courts on the Newport Road,” Norah Scott said.
Andrew Scott studied Drama at Trinity College before leaving to join the Abbey Theatre. His busy acting career has included a small role in Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, an Olivier theatre award in 2005 and a Radio Times award just two months ago for the Great Gatsby.
Other Irish winners at the BAFTAs were Brendan O’Carroll, Graham Norton and Monica Dolan while comedian Dara O’Briain hosted the glitzy gala event.
Andrew Scott is nephew of Tony Scott and the late Seán Scott, Ballinrobe Road, Westport and has several cousins in the general Westport area.

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