Sherlock's Andrew Scott - I'd like to do comedy with Benedict Cumberbatch
The actor formerly known as Jim Moriarty says he wants to work with his Sherlock co-stars again - but this time in something a bit different...
The end of their previous on-screen relationship wasn't exactly a barrel of laughs, with Andrew Scott's character Jim Moriarty blowing his brains out before Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock Holmes threw himself off a roof.
Maybe that's why Scott told RadioTimes.com his next collaboration with Cumberbatch could be a comedy.
"I'd love to work with them again," he said of Sherlock co-stars Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who plays Dr John Watson.
"It would be really good with Benedict to do something really, really different and play completely different characters. Comedy. Or not-comedy, we could play any number of things..."
Despite being known first and foremost for his Bafta-winning performance as consulting criminal Moriarty, Scott is no stranger to lighter roles.
"I've done a lot of comedy in the theatre but of course Moriarty has a tendency to overshadow those things," he said.
And the actor revealed he will soon be going back to comedy, and his native Ireland, to star in a film.
"I'm returning to comedy rather than plunging my toe in for the first time," said Scott. "It's an Irish comedy about male friendship, called The Stag. But it's sort of like the anti-stag. For a lot of guys, the idea of a stag do is so horrendous, so that's what this is about. It's very funny."
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The Dublin-born actor played arch-villain Moriarty, who shot himself in the head at the end of the last series.
Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) also appeared to be killed after jumping from a roof in the conclusion to The Reichenbach Fall.
With the brilliant Baker Street detective known to have faked his own death, speculation has grown that his nemesis might also have survived....
Earlier this month Benedict spoke about the third series of Sherlock, due to be filmed early next year. He said: “It’s nothing without that dynamic between Holmes and Moriarty.” But Andrew who won a Bafta this year for his portrayal, insists there will be no resurrection for the evil genius.
He said: “Moriarty is dead. I don’t think there could have been any better exit for a character like that.
“I feel very proud of Sherlock. Moriarty was a very potent character and one the audience really responded to.
“But it’s important to me that he doesn’t take over. You have to take risks and play as many different things as possible.”
For Andrew that includes the lead role in a new three-part ITV1 drama series called The Town.
In the series, which is due on our screens later this year, he plays an architect forced to return from London to his home town after a shocking family incident.
Andrew added: “It’s just nice to show a more human side.”
Sherlock has become a global hit since the modern-day take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s consulting detective arrived on screen in 2010.
Created by Doctor Who supremo Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it co-stars Martin Freeman as Dr John Watson.
Six feature-length episodes have been broadcast so far, with three more planned in the new series.