Amanda Abbington

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Actress

Birth Date: February 28, 1974

Age: 50 years old

Birth Place: North London, England, UK

Partners: Martin Freeman

An appealing and versatile television actress, Amanda Abbington received her most popular showcase as the mysterious Mary Morstan on "Sherlock" (BBC 1, 2010- ), which co-starred her longtime significant other, actor Martin Freeman. Born Amanda Jane Smith on February 28, 1974 in London, England, she initially wanted to be a dancer, but an injury at the end of her teenaged years spurred her to try her hand at acting. After adopting the stage surname of Abbington, she began making her earliest television appearances in a variety of small roles on the venerable crime drama "The Bill" (ITV, 1984-2010). Abbington soon worked her way up to guest and supporting turns on television, including the TV film "Men Only" (Channel 4, 2001), where she met actor Martin Freeman. The two soon became a couple while working on their respective careers; for Abbington, this included appearances on "Coupling" (BBC 2, 2000-04) for "Sherlock" producer Steven Moffat and the sketch comedy series "Man Stroke Woman" (BBC 3, 2007) with Nick Frost. She was a series regular for two seasons of the comedy-drama "After You've Gone" (BBC 1, 2007-08), but left the show to have a child with Freeman; in 2011, she returned to series regular work on the detective drama "Case Histories" (BBC 1, 2011-13) with Jason Isaacs, and then segued into the popular period series "Mr. Selfridge" (ITV, 2013-16), playing the flinty but romantically long-suffering Miss Mardle. In 2014, Moffatt and co-producer Mark Gatiss approached Abbington to play Mary Morstan on "Sherlock"; as with all things on the series, the role was radically redefined, with Abbington's Morstan a secret agent who hid her past from her fiancé, John Watson (played by Freeman) until a series of double-crosses within her cell led to her death at the hands of a former collaborator. For her work on the series, Abbington received a Critics Choice Television Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress; while working on "Sherlock," Abbington appeared on several other series, including the short-lived crime drama "Cuffs" (BBC 1 2015) and the historical feature "Another Mother's Son" with Jenny Seagrove. In 2016, Abbington announced that she and Freeman had split after a 16-year relationship.

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The Family Pile

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2023

Jon and Lucy's Odd Couples

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2023

Desperate Measures

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Rowan
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2023

Comedy Classic: The Vicar of Dibley

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2022

We Are Not Alone

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Caroline Grieves
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2022

We Are Not Alone

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Caroline Grieves
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2022

The Weakest Link

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2021

Wolfe

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2021

Three Pints and a Rabbi

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2021

Agatha Christie: 100 Years Of Poirot & Miss Marple

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2020

Between the Covers

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2020

Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh

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2020

Comedy Game Night

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2020

Unsaid Stories

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Lyndsey
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2020

Make Me Famous

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Amanda
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2020

Six Days of Sistine

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Angelina
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2019

Celebrity Game Night

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2018

The Queen and I

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Anne
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2018

SafeStream

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2018
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Zoe Ball on...

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2018

Celebrity Catchphrase

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The Queen and I

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Anne
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2018

We the Kings

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2018

Richard Osman's House of Games

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2017

James Martin's Saturday Morning

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2017

Crooked HouseStream

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2017
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Another Mother's Son

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2017

Cuffs

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2015

Good Morning Britain

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2014

Spring Kitchen With Tom Kerridge

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2014

Dinopaws

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2014

Inside No. 9Stream

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2014
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Mr. SelfridgeStream

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Miss Mardle
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2013
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Sunday Brunch

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Case Histories

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2011

Ghosted

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Lorraine

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2010

Saturday Kitchen Live

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2010

SherlockStream

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2010
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SherlockStream

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Mary Morstan
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2010
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Celebrity Mastermind

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Masterpiece Mystery!

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Being HumanStream

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The Penny Dreadfuls Present

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Poirot le chat et les pigeons

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Miss Blake
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After You've Gone

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Siobhan
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2007

The All Together

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Sarah
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2007

The One Show

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The Booze Cruise III: The Scattering

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Leone
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2006

Man Stroke Woman

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Doc MartinStream

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Isobel
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2004

The Debt

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Stacey Ross
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2003

CouplingStream

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Nicola
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2000

Hearts and Bones

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2000

Agatha Christie's PoirotStream

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Miss Blake
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