Who Is Amanda Abbington The Actress Who Plays Mary Watson In Sherlock?

The excellent portrayal of Mary Watson in Sherlock crime miniseries of BBC One network projected Amanda Abbington to worldwide fame. She had been in the movie industry plying her trade since 1993. With over two decades of experience on screen and even on stage productions like The Son, Amanda Abbington has shown she is more than a mere actress. She was the longtime partner of Martin Freeman with whom she shared a son and a daughter until they amicably went their separate ways in December 2016. There is more to this adorable actress below.

Who Is Amanda Abbington?

The lovely actress was born as Amanda Jane Smith on the 28th February 1974 in the capital city of United Kingdom, London, but she has a Swedish heritage. However, the details of her parents – John and Patsy Smith – and siblings are not public knowledge.

Although she was born in London but Amanda Abbington was brought up in the Southern England, Hertfordshire. And even though the educational progress of Amanda is not common knowledge, we can assume that she must have had some degree of education since she grew up in community bounded by reputable educational institutions.

Amanda Abbington began her acting professionally when she took up various roles in the British Police procedural television drama titled The Bill in 2007. From thereon, she featured in other small roles like Plotlands (1997), Wycliffe (1997), Dream Team (1999), The Sins (2000) among others. She assumed the character of Siobhan Casey in 21 episodes of the BBC comedy film show titled After You’ve Gone from 2007 to 2008.

By the year 2013, her character as Miss Mardle in 29 episodes of Mr Selfridge brought her wide fame. Her fame further escalated internationally after she started starring as Mary Morstan in the award-winning series Sherlock, a British crime drama from 2014 to 2017.

Besides being a screen diva, she had done voice-over role in 10 episodes of Dinopaws as Gwen in 2014. Again, she has shown her acting prowess on the stage theatre production of The Son (2019), as Anne thus showing she could hold her own quite effortlessly on a live show. No wonder her ex, Martin Freeman was very unequivocal in stating that she is indeed a brilliant actress.

With over two decades of experience and over 60 credited roles in films and television shows, Amanda Abbington has earned some accolades for her artistry. She was nominated in 2014 as best supporting actress for Critics Choice Television Award in the Miniseries Sherlock: His Last Vow, she later won the Crime Thriller award in 2014 and Poppy award for Best supporting actress in 2010 for her role as Mary Watson.

The net worth of the 1.63m tall actress has grown since she started making her living as an actress. Although she has not disclosed the actual worth of her assets or income, that did not deter the online media from pegging her earnings. Her net worth has been estimated to be in the range of £1 million to £1.5 million pounds ($1.87 million).

Amanda Abbington is not only about acting, but she is an animal rights activist and lover. She even uses her social media page in creating awareness about rescued animals that need new homes. Amanda owns a lovely dog herself.

Amanda Abbington as Mary Watson In Sherlock

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Amanda Abbington onset of season 4 of Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman image source

The beautiful green-eyed English actress gained wider prominence after she was cast in a recurring role as Mary Watson in the BBC One network produced crime drama series, titled Sherlock. The thirteen episodal stories which revolved around a detective named Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) was graced by other talented acts such as Martin Freeman who was her husband in the series. Martin played the close friend and flatmate of Sherlock, Dr. John Watson, a military veteran.

The series which became fans favorite got them clamoring for more plot twist with Mary and Sherlock as possible lovers though she was the wife of Dr. John Watson. The call by the excited fans of the popular show made Abbington a victim of social media troll as fans trolled her endlessly on her Twitter page. However, Mary Watson’s role came to an end after she was killed by a bullet meant for the detective Sherlock Holmes in 2017.

Her Relationship With Martin Freeman

The amiable actress romantic affairs with Martin Freeman did not start from the screen of Sherlock but, the screen lovers were already hitched in the real-life, as live-in lovers.  Before the unfortunate demise of the real-life union in December 2016. The couple had met for the first time in the year 2000, hitting it off instantly on the set of Men Only where Amanda played a minor role as Trina.

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The former couple was both passionate about their acting careers, therefore, it was surprising when they both later made other cameo appearances together in movies like The Debt (2003), The Good Night (2007) and The Robinsons (2005) with Amanda Abbington playing Stacey Ross, an uncredited role as Vivian Jesson and Polly respectively in all three television films.

Apart from sharing a similar career path, their sixteen years romantic relationship brought forth two kids; Grace and Joe who were born in 2008 and 2006 respectively. The couple may not be together as lover or partners but they still co-parent their two children.

Martin Freeman on his own part has thrived in the entertainment industry clinching roles in big-screen projects like the Hobbit series, Fargo, Sherlock among others.


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