• Andrew Scott rejects the label of 'openly gay'. (Getty Images Europe)
He says the label "implies a defiance I don't feel."
Samuel Leighton-Dore

10 Sep 2019 - 1:31 PM  UPDATED 10 Sep 2019 - 1:31 PM

Fleabag actor Andrew Scott has explained why he doesn't like being referred to as "openly gay".

Speaking to British GQ Magazine, Scott, who is also known for his role in Sherlock, pointed out: "You're never described as openly gay at a party."

He continued, giving examples: "'This is my openly gay friend Darren'... [or] 'She's openly Irish'.

"It implies a defiance I don’t feel."

Celebrated for playing the straight love interest - known by many as 'The Hot Priest' - of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's character in series two of Fleabag, Scott reiterated that his sexuality had no consequence on his acting abilities.

"Sexuality isn't something you can cultivate, particularly," he told the magazine.

"It isn't a talent. You believe the relationship, that's my job."

Scott made the comments after being honoured at the annual GQ Men of the Year awards last week, where Waller-Bridge presented him with the award for Standout Performance of the year.

“What a beautiful thing,” he said as he accepted the award.

“I’m so touched that Phoebe came to do that for me. I’m thrilled that it was Phoebe.”

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