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Amanda Abbington Biography – Amanda Abbington Wiki
Amanda Abbington is an English actress, known for her role as Mary Watson in the hit BBC detective series ‘Sherlock’. She also starred in some of the UK’s top drama TV series, including Mr Selfridge, Wolfe, and Desperate Measures, as well as had a lead role in the series The Net and the feature film The Lost King.
Growing up in Hertfordshire, she was a passionate dancer until an injury from doing the splits put an early stop to her aspirations, with a teacher encouraging her to pursue acting instead.
Her first screen role came in the police drama The Bill in 1993, and she has also appeared in the TV shows Casualty, Doc Martin, Inside No 9, Cuffs, Mr Selfridge, and Sherlock. The latter is the show she is best known for, having played Mary Morstan, a former assassin and the cunning wife of John Watson, played by Abbington’s then-real-life partner Martin Freeman.
Her role as Mary Morstan in Sherlock won her the Best Supporting Actress gong at the Crime Thriller Awards, alongside nominations for this role at the Critic’s Choice Television Awards.
Her illustrious television acting career spans three decades and she has also performed in various plays in well-renowned theatres across the country, recently starring in the West End transfer of Steven Moffat’s The Unfriend.
Amanda Abbington Age
Amanda Jane Smith was born on 28 February 1972 in London, England. She is 51 years old as of 2023.
Amanda Abbington Husband
Amanda Abbington is married to Jonathan Goodwin, a former professional escapologist and stunt performer. Sherlock star Amanda and Britain’s Got Talent star Jonathan became engaged within 30 minutes of meeting on their first date in Vienna back in 2021. The couple first connected on Twitter in 2012.
“We were both in relationships at the time, but we admired each other’s work and occasionally liked each other’s tweets,” says Amanda. Years later, when they were both single, their messages to each other became gradually more flirty. But it wasn’t until August 2021 that they discovered a deeper bond between them..
In October 2021, Amanda Abbington’s husband, Jonathan Goodwin, was left permanently paralysed when a stunt went horribly wrong during his rehearsal on America’s Got Talent: Extreme. Jonathan was crushed between two suspended cars after they had caught fire, causing life-changing injuries. He suffered a catalogue of injuries, including a severed spinal cord and third-degree burns. He was supposed to escape a straight jacket while upside down 30 feet in the air in between two suspended cars.
The actress started dating the America’s Got Talent star after her split from ex-husband Martin Freeman. They live together in Hertfordshire.
Amanda Abbington Ex-Husband
Amanda Abbington was previously married to fellow actor Martin Freeman from 2000 to 2016. Freeman and Abbington met in a make-up truck in 2001 while filming a Channel 4 drama, Men Only. They moved in together two months later and were in a relationship until 2016. They had two children together, Joe and Grace.
During a 2019 Desert Island Discs interview, Freeman opened up about the difficulty of playing Abbington’s on-screen husband in Sherlock while breaking up offscreen. Abbington later said: “I’m sure I’ve given my children some kind of emotional damage from the fallout of breaking up with Martin.”
Amanda Abbington Children
Amanda Abbington has two children with ex-husband Martin Freeman, son Joe and daughter Grace. Joe was born in 2006 while Grace was born in 2008.
Amanda Abbington Strictly Come Dancing
Sherlock star Amanda Abbington was the first celebrity contestant confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2023. The news was revealed on The One Show on BBC One.
Amanda said: “I’m thrilled to have been asked to do Strictly. I’m actually really shy and self-conscious so this will be a great opportunity for me to overcome those things! Plus, I get to learn to dance which I am incredibly excited about. I’m really looking forward to the training too, I’m quite competitive as my family and friends will tell you. I can’t wait to start!”
Amanda Abbington Partner
Sherlock actress Amanda Abbington was partnered with Giovanni Pernice on the 21st series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Amanda Abbington Height
Strictly Come Dancing’s Amanda Abbington stands at a height of 5 feet 4 inches (5′ 4″/1.63 m tall).
Amanda Abbington Net Worth
Amanda Abbington’s net worth is estimated to be £1 million.
Abbington’s Instagram handle is amanda_abbington74.