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16th Apr 2024

Andrew Scott speaks about sudden passing of his mother – ‘You manage it day by day’

Stephen Porzio

The All of Us Strangers and Ripley star says his mother’s passing has made his recent success bittersweet.

Irish actor Andrew Scott has spoken about his mother’s death last month in a new emotional interview.

Nora Scott, who worked as an art teacher, passed away on 7 March following a sudden illness and two weeks later the All of Us Strangers and Ripley star paid tribute to her while accepting a Critics’ Circle theatre award.

Now in an interview with the Sunday Times, Andrew Scott has opened up further about his mother’s passing, explaining that it has made his recent success on both screen and stage feel bittersweet.

“Well, you know, you have to — life goes on, you manage it day by day,” he told the outlet.

“It’s very recent, but I certainly can say that so much of it is surprising and unique, and there is so much that I will be able to speak about at some point.”

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During the conversation, Scott also said that his All of Us Strangers co-star Paul Mescal has been a great support following the tragic loss.

“I adore Paul. Obviously it’s been a tough time recently and he just continues to be a wonderful friend. It’s everything,” he told the paper.

While accepting the Critics’ Circle theatre award for best actor for playing every role in Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Scott said he was going through a “difficult time” following the passing of Nora which he called a “horrible shock”.

Describing her as “the source of practically every joyful thing in my life” and as his “real hero” and “best friend”, he credited his mother with introducing him “to the wonder of the arts”.

“The arts really were her lifeblood,” the actor said, adding that they had also been “a genuine lifeline” for him in the wake of her death.

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