Andrew Scott has responded to the 162 per cent rise in searches for religious porn after his role as the “hot priest” in Fleabag, saying: “Whatever floats your boat.”

The actor, who played the love interest in Phoebe Waller-Bridge‘s hit series, nervously laughed when an Evening Standard interviewer told him the statistic. 

“Yeah, yeah,” he said. ”There you go. Right... And somebody said for Halloween there’s a new priest outfit, so that’s pretty cool. I won’t be wearing it but, you know. Whatever floats your boat.”

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He added that his priest character becoming an unlikely sex icon is “embarrassing to even think about”.

In another interview with Mr Porter, Scott said he would “love to be in a rom-com” after he was typecast following his six-year stint as Sherlock villain Moriarty. “I turned down a lot,” he said. “The shadow of that character took over for a little while.”

There are no romantic comedies on Scott’s agenda yet, but he will next be seen in Amazon anthology series Modern Love as a gay man looking for a surrogate to carry his child.

It was also recently announced that Scott will be starring as the eponymous lead in a new adaptation of The Talented Mr Ripley and he is currently filming His Dark Materials.

He also addressed the rumours regarding his involvement in a future Marvel film, saying: “Oh, f***. Completely false. Someone said, ‘Are you going to be in a thing?’ I said, ‘No,’ and I said, ‘There have been discussions.’ And it’s like, ‘Andrew Scott has been in discussions.’”

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