Sherlock star Andrew Scott has told other actors that coming out of the closet won’t harm their careers.
The 37-year-old, who plays Moriarty in the TV series, came out last year but insisted he had never tried to hide his sexuality.
‘I absolutely refute anybody thinking that it has a negative impact on your career,’ he said. ‘It’s more crazy than it ever was. I do feel a sort of peace that I can be authentic and people like that.
‘I struggle a little with the coming out publicly thing because that was something that I did a long time ago. I did an interview last year and I spoke about it but I’ve certainly never really been “in”.
‘I think it’s very important to be authentic to yourself which I’ve always been.
‘The most important thing is to be who you are. I don’t like to talk about it too much because, frankly, I don’t have much more to say about it.’
Scott spoke to Guilty Pleasures as he prepared to take to the red carpet for the London premiere of British comedy Pride – a film based on the true story of a group of lesbians and gay men who set up an organisation to support miners during the 1984 strike.
The actor refused to be drawn on whether he would be returning for season four of Sherlock and if his character, who was shown killing himself, was really dead.
‘I can’t answer any of those questions. I’m so sorry!’, he said.
Pride is released on Friday next week.