Actor Andrew Scott, well-known for his roles as villainous Moriarty in the BBC's Sherlock and James Bond's antagonist Max Denbigh in Spectre, has revealed that he'd like to work in Ireland "as much as I possibly could".

The Irish star shot the upcoming film The Delinquent Season in his hometown of Dublin, and said he enjoyed the experience thoroughly.

Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment at the IFTAs, he said: "It was brilliant, it was with my great friend Eva Birthistle and Cillian Murphy, who I'm a huge fan of and we'd never worked together before.

"That's launching at the Dublin Film Festival in a couple of weeks so I'm very excited to see it, I haven't seen it yet."

"I'd like to work in Ireland as much as I possibly could", he added.

Andrew Scott delighted to work with Cillian Murphy on The Delinquent Season
Andrew Scott delighted to work with Cillian Murphy on The Delinquent Season

Scott stars alongside Murphy, Catherine Walker and Eva Birthistle in screenwriter Mark O'Rowe's eagerly-anticipated feature film debut, which is the is described as "an examination of love, lust and family relationships".

Eva Birthistle was equally as excited to reunite with Scott on the film, telling RTÉ Entertainment: "It's lovely because Andrew's such a good pal of mine and we had worked together a couple of times but not for quite a few years so it was really nice to do that again, and work with Cillian again."

Scott was nominated for a best supporting actor IFTA for his role in John Butler's drama Handsome Devil, although he lost out to The Killing of a Sacred Deer star Barry Keoghan on the night.

Andrew Scott in John Butler's Handsome Devil
Andrew Scott knew Handsome Devil was going to be "a very special film"

The 41-year-old said he knew Handsome Devil was going to be "a very special film" from the start.

"I thought it was a very special film when I first read the script", Scott said. "I'd worked with John Butler, my great friend, on The Stag and it was great to go into this one and play a supporting part.

"It's brilliantly led by Fionn O'Shea and lots of other brilliant young actors so it's nice to be the old guy in background!", he added jokingly.