Amanda Abbington

Amanda Abbington (born Amanda Jane Smith; 28 February 1974)[2] is an English actress. She is best known for playing Miss Mardle in Mr Selfridge and Mary Watson in the BBC adaptation of Sherlock.

Amanda Abbington
Amanda Abbington at the 2015 Laurence Olivier Awards.jpg
Amanda Abbington at the 2015 Laurence Olivier Awards
Amanda Jane Smith

(1974-02-28) 28 February 1974 (age 46)
London, England[1]
Years active1993–present
Partner(s)Martin Freeman

Early lifeEdit

An only child, Abbington was brought up in Hertfordshire.[3]


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.[4][5] In 2015 she appeared in the BBC TV series 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[6] which later that year transferred to The Duke of York's Theatre in London's West End.

Personal lifeEdit

Abbington was the partner of British actor Martin Freeman, whom she met on the set of the film Men Only in 2000.[4] 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.[7][8][9][10] Abbington and Freeman have two children.[citation needed]


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
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")
2013–2016 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
Nominated – Poppy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries
2014 Dinopaws Gwen (voice) TV series (10 episodes)
2014 Would I Lie to You?[11] 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
2016 Stag Fran TV series
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
2018 The Queen and I Princess Anne TV Special
2020 Make Me Famous Amanda TV film[12]


  1. ^ Rampton, James (30 December 2013). "Sherlock's Amanda Abbington admits partner Martin Freeman is one of her favourite actors". The Independent. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  2. ^ "@vickeylewis I love you, I'm 40 next month..." Amanda Abbington's Verified Twitter. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  3. ^ John, Emma (23 August 2016). "Amanda Abbington: 'I don't want to be a princess". The Observer. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  4. ^ a b Jones, Paul (27 March 2013). "Martin Freeman's partner Amanda Abbington joins the cast of Sherlock". Radio Times. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Billington, Michael (27 February 2019). "The Son review – Florian Zeller's frightening tale of teen depression". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  7. ^ McLean, Craig (26 May 2013). "Amanda Abbington: Sherlock's Martin and Benedict have a fantastic chemistry". Radio Times. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  8. ^ Mance, Henry (22 December 2016). "Martin Freeman on Sherlock, politics and why he's not on Twitter". Financial Times. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Amanda Abbington pays off tax debts". Daily Express. London. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ "Would I Lie To You?". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Meet the cast of reality TV drama Make Me Famous". Radio Times. Retrieved 10 June 2020.

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