Amanda Abbington

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Amanda Abbington
Born Amanda Jane Smith
February 1974 (age 40–41)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–present
Partner(s) Martin Freeman
Children 2

Amanda Abbington (born Amanda Jane Smith; February 1974[1] in North London[2]) is an English actress. She is best known for playing Miss Mardle in Mr Selfridge and Mary Morstan in the BBC adaptation of Sherlock.[3]


She first appeared in the TV series The Bill until 2007 as various characters. During that time she also appeared in the TV series Wycliffe, Casualty, Dream Team, The Sins, Shades, Doc Martin, Coupling, and Teachers. She appeared in the 2005 comedy sketch show Man Stroke Woman and the 2007–2008 comedy After You've Gone with Nicholas Lyndhurst. She has also appeared in recurring series such as Bernard's Watch, After You've Gone and Case Histories.

In 2013, she began appearing in the television series Mr Selfridge as Miss Mardle alongside Jeremy Piven and Frances O'Connor. In 2014, Abbington appeared in the third series of Sherlock as Mary Morstan, the wife of John Watson, played by her real life partner Martin Freeman.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Abbington is the longtime partner of British actor Martin Freeman, after they met on the set of the film Men Only in 2000.[4] The couple have since appeared together on screen in productions such as The Debt, The Robinsons, The Good Night and Sherlock. They live in Hertfordshire and have two children together, Joe (born 2006) and Grace (born 2008).[6][7][8]

Abbington was declared bankrupt by the High Court in March 2013 as a result of £120,000 tax bill. She revealed in March 2014 that she believed her money issues were over and that "It's all been sorted out now. Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger".[9][10]


Year Title Role Notes
1993–2007 The Bill Various TV series (7 episodes)
1997 Plotlands Maude TV series (6 episodes)
1997 Wycliffe Local W.P.C. TV series (Episode: "Strangers")
1998 No Sweat Chantelle TV series (Episode: "Moon Boy")
1998 Magic with Everything Cat TV series (6 episodes)
1998 Picking up the Pieces Staff Nurse Hunter TV series (8 episodes)
1999 Casualty Jen Reynolds TV series (Episode: "Human Traffic")
1999 Dream Team Marilyn Harwood TV series (2 episodes)
1999 Snap Zoe TV series (Episode: "Missed Her Sister")
2000 The Thing About Vince Lisa TV series (2 episodes)
2000 The Sins Belinda Edgeley TV mini-series (2 episodes)
2001 Men Only Trina TV film
2001 Hearts and Bones Mia TV series (1 episode)
2001 Shades Rebecca Jacobs TV mini-series (1 episode)
2002 Always and Everyone Tessa TV series (3 episodes)
2002 20 Things to Do Before You're 30 Shona TV series (8 episodes)
2003 The Debt Stacey Ross TV film
2004 Coupling Nicola TV series (2 episodes)
2004 Bernard's Watch Sonia TV series (9 episodes)
2004 Teachers Sarah TV series (1 episode)
2005 The Robinsons Polly TV series (4 episodes)
2005 Derailed Kerry Hodder TV film
2005–2007 Man Stroke Woman Various TV series (12 episodes)
2005 The Booze Cruise II Leonie TV film
2006 The Booze Cruise III Leonie TV film
2007–2008 After You've Gone Siobhan Casey TV series (21 episodes)
2007 The Good Night Vivian Jesson Uncredited
2007 The All Together Sarah
2007 The Bill Rachel Inns TV series (7 episodes)
2007 Doc Martin Isobel TV series (Episode: "Happily Ever After")
2007 Sold Zoe TV series (1 episode)
2008 Coming Up Daughter TV series (Episode: "Lickle Bill Um")
2008 Agatha Christie's Poirot Miss Blake TV series (Episode: "Cat Among The Pigeons")
2008 Harley Street Susie Linn TV series (1 episode)
2009 Psychoville Caroline TV series (Episode: "Blackmail")
2010 Married Single Other Babs TV series (6 episodes)
2011–2013 Case Histories DC Louise Munroe TV series (9 episodes)
2012 Being Human Golda TV series (Episode: "Puppy Love")
2013–present Mr Selfridge Miss Mardle TV series (13 episodes)
2014 Sherlock Mary Morstan TV series (3 episodes)
Crime Thriller Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries
2014 Dinopaws Gwen (voice) TV series
2014 Would I Lie to You?[11] A panelist Episode 6 of Series 8 of this popular comedy panel show


  1. ^ "@vickeylewis I love you, I'm 40 next month...". Amanda Abbington's Verified Twitter. 15 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Rampton, James (30 December 2013). "Sherlock's Amanda Abbington admits partner Martin Freeman is one of her favourite actors". The Independent. 
  3. ^ Charalambous, Sophia (11 January 2014). "Sherlock actress Amanda Abbington tells of death threats from jealous fanatics when announced as Dr Watson's wife". MailOnline. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Jones, Paul (27 March 2013). "Martin Freeman's partner Amanda Abbington joins the cast of Sherlock". Radio Times. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Sherlock season 3 filming finished: "It's a wrap," says Sue Vertue – BBC new trailer released [VIDEO] | Christian News on Christian Today
  6. ^ McLean, Craig (26 May 2013). "Amanda Abbington: Sherlock's Martin and Benedict have a fantastic chemistry". Radio Times. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Hardy, Rebecca (20 November 2009). "'People care more about X Factor than homelessness:'The Office star Martin Freeman on the things that tick him off". Daily Mail (UK). Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  8. ^ Paton, Maureen (17 July 2010). "In a taxi with...Martin Freeman". Daily Mail (London). 
  9. ^ "Amanda Abbington partner Hobbit star Martin-Freeman bankrupt 120000 tax bill". Daily Mail (London). 11 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Amanda Abbington pays off tax debts". Daily Express (London). 24 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Would I Lie To You". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 

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