"Sherlock," one of the most popular shows in BBC, is a hot topic because of its upcoming installment, Season 3. A lot of plot speculation and what-to-expect stories about the upcoming episodes have been keeping this show in public eye. But someone else from the show - other than the lead actor Benedict Cumberbatch - has drawn a lot of media attention. In a recent interview, Andrew Scott, 'Sherlock's' Moriarty, has opened about being gay and reacted to Russia's antigay stance.

Andrew Scott plays the role of the most popular antagonist or the most popular villain of "Sherlock." He has opened up about his sexuality and has officially come out. The star spoke out in an interview with The Independent.

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It is being reported that the official declaration came out in the light of a recent surge in antigay behaviour in Russia. This part of his official declaration was just a part of an interview that revolved around his career, TV series "Sherlock," and promotion of upcoming BBC show "Legacy," wherein he had to imitate Russian accent.

Andrew Scott, who usually keeps a low profile about his sexuality, opened up with The Independent while speaking about learning the Russian accent for a TV role.

He reported that to learn the accent he went through videos of Russian President Vladimir Putin. But he was compelled to stop watching the videos when he learned that Putin had implemented an antigay legislation.

"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!" revealed "Sherlock" actor Andrew Scott.

"Mercifully, these days 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," explained Andrew Scott to The Independent.

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According to The Independent, the actor had given a slight hint in January when he mentioned living with his partner in London for almost a decade. He also referred to him as "who is sort of in the business." For a long time he has been suspected of being gay. Now he has finally come out.

Andrew won't be returning in "Sherlock" Season 3. He disclosed that he would be starring in "Jimmy's Hall," and will be with Tom Hardy and Ruth Wilson in a film called "Locke." He will also work in Matthew Warchus' movie "Pride," which is based on a true story about an agreement between mineworkers and the lesbian and gay community reiterating 1984's miners' strike.

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