Fleabag star Andrew Scott to undergo ‘minor surgery’ days after scoring Emmy nomination

Fleabag star Andrew Scott has been hospitalised following an undisclosed illness. 

The 43-year-old Irish actor, who plays the ‘Hot Priest’ in the award-winning comedy, will undergo minor surgery but is expected to make a full recovery.

The news was shared on the official Twitter account of The Old Vic theatre in London, where Scott was due to star in the livestream play Three Kings.

“We are sorry to let you know that Andrew Scott is now in hospital to undergo minor surgery,” the account tweeted on July 31 (UK time).

“The issue isn’t serious (or COVID-19 related) and we are expecting Andrew to have a speedy recovery,” was tweeted in a follow-up message. “He sends his love and apologies and says he’ll see everyone next week.”

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All five performances were to be livestreamed from July 29 to August 1, and production will now be rescheduled for August 7 to August 9.

Three Kings was written by Stephen Beresford with Scott in mind. A synopsis describes the plays as tale as a “hilarious and heartbreaking” tale about “fathers and sons, the gifts and burdens of inheritance, and the unfathomable puzzle of human relationships”.

Scott’s hospitalisation comes days after he was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role in the sci-fi thriller, Black Mirror.

Last year, Fleabag won big at the Emmys — the show received a whopping 11 nominations in which they won six, including Outstanding Comedy Series.

The show’s creator, writer, and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge — who plays Scott’s love interest — also went home with an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series gong. And was because of Waller-Bridge that Scott wanted to be involved in the project. 

“Knowing Phoebe as I do, I jumped on board with just a feeling that it was going to be special,” he told IndieWire last year. “Phoebe and I just have this great chemistry. I think it’s just a magical thing that happens sometimes and I’m really, really pleased to say it happened on this.”