Amanda Abbington at the 2015 Laurence Olivier Awards
Amanda Jane Smith
28 February 1974
Abbington was born in north London and was brought up in Hertfordshire.
She appeared in the TV series The Bill until 2007 playing 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 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 then real-life partner Martin Freeman. In 2015 she appeared in the BBC drama Cuffs.
On stage Abbington appeared in August 2018 in the role of "Annette" in God of Carnage at the Theatre Royal, Bath, and in 2019 as the character Anne in Florian Zeller's play The Son at the Kiln Theatre in Kilburn, London which later that year transferred to the The Duke of York's Theatre in London's West End.
Abbington was the partner of British actor Martin Freeman, whom she met on the set of the film Men Only in 2000. The couple appeared together on screen in productions such as The Debt, The Robinsons, The Good Night and Sherlock. They lived in Hertfordshire before announcing their separation in 2016. The couple had two children, both delivered via C-section.
|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|
|2005–07||Man Stroke Woman||Various||TV series (12 episodes)|
|2005||The Booze Cruise II||Leonie||TV film|
|2006||The Booze Cruise III||Leonie||TV film|
|2007–08||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)|
|2011–13||Case Histories||DC Louise Munroe||TV series (9 episodes)|
|2012||Being Human||Golda||TV series (Episode: "Puppy Love")|
|2013–16||Mr Selfridge||Miss Mardle||TV series (29 episodes)|
|2014–2017||Sherlock||Mary Morstan||TV series (7 episodes)|
Crime Thriller Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries
– Poppy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries
|2014||Dinopaws||Gwen (voice)||TV series (10 episodes)|
|2014||Would I Lie to You?||A panelist||Series 8 Episode 6|
|2014||Kaiser Chiefs' 'Meanwhile, Up In Heaven'||Dancing Bride||Music Video (See Kaiser Chiefs' YouTube)|
|2015||Cuffs||DS Jo Moffat||TV series|
|2016||Another Mother's Son||Ivy Forster|
|2017||Uncle||Siobhan||TV series (Guest role)|
|2017||Crooked House||Clemency Leonides||TV film|
|2018||Richard Osman's House of Games||Herself||Series 2: Week 3, Episodes 11-15|
|2018||Safe||Detective Sergeant Sophie Mason||TV series|
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- "@vickeylewis I love you, I'm 40 next month..." Amanda Abbington's Verified Twitter. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
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- Garcia, Megan (2 September 2013). "Sherlock season 3 filming finished: "It's a wrap," says Sue Vertue – BBC new trailer released [VIDEO]". Christian Today. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
- Billington, Michael (27 February 2019). "The Son review – Florian Zeller's frightening tale of teen depression". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
- McLean, Craig (26 May 2013). "Amanda Abbington: Sherlock's Martin and Benedict have a fantastic chemistry". Radio Times. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
- Mance, Henry (22 December 2016). "Martin Freeman on Sherlock, politics and why he's not on Twitter". Financial Times. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
- "Amanda Abbington pays off tax debts". Daily Express. London. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
- Jones, Emma (5 July 2013). "'Don't turn on the people that I love': A stern Martin Freeman reveals he is more Bilbo Baggins than Tim from The Office". The Independent. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
- @CHIMPSINSOCKS (24 September 2019). "I did this twice. For health reasons before anyone gets all shirty about it" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Would I Lie To You?". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 24 October 2014.