Andrew Scott: I backed equal marriage, but that doesn’t mean I want to marry

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Sherlock star Andrew Scott backed marriage equality in Ireland’s referendum – but he has revealed he doesn’t want to head down the aisle himself.

The actor, who features as Moriarty in the BBC drama and also appeared in Pride last year, is openly gay and has a long term partner, though he rarely discusses his private life.

He backed equal marriage in Ireland’s referendum earlier this year – but in an interview with Red magazine, said he likely won’t be taking advantage of it himself.

Andrew Scott: I backed equal marriage, but that doesn’t mean I want to marry
The actor backed equality earlier this year while posing with a fan

Asked if he could tie the knot, he added: “I’m not sure I would actually… just because I’m gay doesn’t mean I have to want to get married now.

“It’s just an option. But it’s about having the same options as everyone else. So now a gay person has a right not to get married.”

Speaking about the result, he said: “People came out in droves, from all different backgrounds, to vote for love, and that’s essentially what it is.

“It also meant that the idea of being gay or bisexual was discussed by families all over Ireland.

“So it was no longer talked about in hushed tones, like, ‘Oh, I believe she has a son that’s… you know’.

“Bringing it out in the open like that, and for it to have a result like that, means that it has changed something in the genetic make-up of the country. I don’t think that the full depth of what has been achieved there has even unfolded yet.”