Who is Amanda Abbington?
Amanda Abbington was born in London, England on 28 February 1974 – her zodiac sign is Pisces and she holds British nationality. She is an actress who is perhaps known best for her portrayal of Miss Mardle in the drama series “Mr. Selfridge” created by Andrew Davies, and which starred Ron Cook, Jeremy Piven and Tom Goodman Hill. It follows the owner of the department store Selfridges, the series aired from 2013 to 2016, and was nominated for one Primetime Emmy Award.
Early life and education
Amanda was raised an only child in Hertfordshire by her parents John and Patsy Smith, about whom nothing is known as they prefer to stay away from media.
Amanda became interested in acting while attending high school, and spent most of her spare time watching movies and TV series. She was a member of the school’s drama club, and appeared in various plays performed at the school.
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After matriculating in 1992, she enrolled at a drama school, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in acting in 1995.
Roles in movies
Amanda made her debut film appearance in the 1996 crime drama “The Bill: Target”, but which failed to attract any attention, and she didn’t gain much recognition until 2001, when she played a supporting character in the comedy “Doc Martin” which starred Martin Clunes, Dominic Rowan and Richard Dillane, and follows a man who has just learned that his wife cheated on him with his three best friends and thus decides to move away from London for a while to think about his life.
Her following notable performance was in the 2007 fantasy comedy “The Good Night”, written and directed by Jake Paltrow and which starred Martin Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Penelope Cruz – it follows a former TV star as he experiences a mid-life crisis.
Amanda went on to appear in the 2011 romantic comedy “What’s Your Number”, which once again starred Martin Freeman, and in 2017, she appeared in the biographical war drama “Another Mother’s Son”. Perhaps one of the most popular movies Amanda has appeared in was later in 2017, the mystery crime drama “Crooked House” written by Julian Fellowes, directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner and which is based on Agatha Christie’s novel. It starred Max Irons, Stefanie Martini and Glenn Close, and follows a detective trying to find the murderer of his ex-lover’s grandfather. The film was nominated for three awards winning two.
Three of her most recent roles in movies have been in the 2018 drama “The Queen and I”, the 2019 romantic drama “Six Days of Sistine” and the 2020 drama “Make Me Famous”.
Amanda is currently shooting for two upcoming movies: the comedy “Decrypted” set to be released on 1 July 2021, and the mystery fantasy “Three Pints and a Rabbi”.
Roles in TV series
Amanda made her debut TV series appearance in 1997 when cast to portray Maude, one of the lead characters in all six episodes of the mini-series “Plotlands”, and the following year she starred as Cat in the family drama “Magic With Everything”, and later that year Amanda also played the lead character of Staff Nurse Hunter in the drama “Picking up the Pieces”. She then starred as Marilyn Harwood in the 1999 sports drama “Dream Team”, which follows the lives of soccer players playing for Harchester United.
The following years saw her appear in only an episode or two of various series, until in 2002 Amanda was cast to star in the comedy “20 Things to Do Before You’re 30”, but which failed to attract a lot of attention.
In 2004, she portrayed the supporting character Sonia in the science fiction comedy “Bernard’s Watch”, which starred David Peachey and Liza Goddard, and follows a young boy who owns a watch which can stop time. From 2005 to 2007, Amanda starred in the comedy “Man Stroke Woman”, and was then cast to play Siobhan, one of the lead characters in the comedy “After You’ve Gone”, which follows the life of Jimmy, his two children and his mother-in-law, while his wife is working in Africa.
The year 2009 saw her star as Babs in all six episodes of the drama “Married Single Other”, and a couple of Amanda’s following starring roles were in the mystery crime drama “Case Histories” – which was nominated for nine awards, winning three – the crime mini-series “Cuffs”, and the mystery crime drama “Sherlock” which was a hit, winning 91 award while it was nominated for 178 others including a Golden Globe.
In 2018, Amanda played the lead character Sophie Mason in the mystery crime drama “Safe”, which also starred Michael C. Hall and Amy James-Kelly, and follows a widowed surgeon searching for his missing teenage daughter.
Amanda’s most recent appearances in TV series’ have been in the 2020 episode “Alexa” of the comedy drama “Flack”, and a single 2020 episode of both the mini-series “Unsaid Stories” and the comedy drama “I Hate Suzie”.
She is currently shooting for the upcoming series “Wolfe”.
Awards and nominations
Amanda has been nominated for three awards winning one. In 2011, she was nominated for a Crime Thriller Dagger Award for Best Supporting Actress for “Case Histories”, and in 2014 she won the same award for her performance in “Sherlock”. In the same year, she was nominated for a Critics’ Choice TV Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries for “Sherlock”.
Love life and marriage with Martin Freeman
Unlike what is widely believed, Amanda and Martin Freeman were never married. They met on the set of a TV series back in June/July 2000 and began dating, while they moved in together around a year into the relationship. The two also collaborated and appeared alongside in various TV series, such as “Sherlock”, “The Robinsons” and “The Good Night”. In 2006, Amanda gave birth to their son Joe, while their daughter Grace was born in 2008. In 2016, Amanda and Martin split for unknown reasons but remained on good terms.
Neither of the two have talked about any people they have perhaps dated after their split, but it’s believed that both have found new partners, but these hasn’t been confirmed. As of January 2021, Amanda is single, hasn’t married and has two children.
Hobbies and other interests
Amanda likes to take care of people, and has stated that she has been like this since a very early age.
She is a great listener and offers good advice to people who ask for it; because she’s so caring, she enjoys being a mother.
She is a dog-lover, and her pet dog Arthur can be seen featured in many of her Instagram pictures. Arthur seems to like snow, as it spends most of its winter time outdoors.
Although not an American, Amanda supported Biden in the 2020 presidential election, and urged the American people to vote, claiming each and every vote can make a difference.
She takes more care about her mental health rather than physical, and does yoga and meditates on a near daily basis.
Amanda has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are her ex-boyfriend Martin, Tom Hanks and Scarlett Johansson, and a couple of her favorite movies are “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Lost in Translation”.
Age, height and net worth
Amanda is 46 years old. She has long blonde hair and blue eyes, her height is 5ft 4ins (1.63m) and she weighs around 120lbs (55kgs). As of January 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over £1.5 million ($2 million) while Martin’s net worth is reputedly over $20 million.
Who is Martin Freeman?
Martin John Christopher Freeman was born in Aldershot, Hampshire, England, on 8 September 1971 – his zodiac sign is Virgo and he holds British nationality. He is an actor who is perhaps still known best for his portrayal of Tim Canterbury in the comedy drama “The Office”, created by Ricky Gervais who also starred in it alongside Martin and Mackenzie Crook. It follows the company manager David Brent after he has been ordered to fire many people. The series aired from 2001 to 2003 and won 24 awards including two Golden Globes, while it was nominated for 17 other awards.
Martin was raised in Aldershot alongside four siblings by his mother Philomena who was a housewife, and his father Geoffrey Freeman who was a naval officer, and who died when Martin was ten. Martin studied at the Salesian School, and upon matriculating in 1989, enrolled at Brooklands College from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1993.
Before launching his acting career, Martin worked on his skills at the Central School of Speech and Drama; his first notable performance was in “The Office”, which helped him gain recognition. He then appeared in two critically acclaimed movies: the comedy “Ali G Indahouose” and the romantic comedy “Love Actually”, and then in 2003 starred in the sitcom “Hardware”. He portrayed one of the lead characters in the critically acclaimed comedy series “The Robinsons”, as well as in the comedy drama mini-series “Boy Meets Girl”.
For his performance in “Sherlock”, Martin was awarded a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, and a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. He portrayed Bilbo Baggins in the film trilogy “The Hobbit”, and also appeared in the comedy “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy”. Martin could’ve also been seen as Everett K. Ross in the 2016 superhero movie “Captain America: Civil War”.
Some of his most recent roles have been in the 2017 horror film “Cargo”, the 2018 superhero movie “Black Panther”, and the comedy series “Breeders”, which has been airing since March 2020.
Martin has appeared in close to 90 movies and TV series, and has won 10 awards and been nominated for 37 others, including a Golden Globe.
He is a philanthropist who has helped gather money for those hit by the Christchurch earthquake, and he was also part of the charity event To Provide All People in June 2018.