Born Amanda Jane Smith but taking the stage surname of Abbington, Amanda has been working in Television, Film and Stage since 1993, where she debuted with a small role in British police drama The Bill. She returned several times playing different guest characters in the drama, but her first stand out role came in 1997 in the BBC mini-series Plotlands, a post-First World War drama depicting the attempts to build small freehold communities away from urban life.
From there, Amanda gained numerous credits in Television. Some, but certainly not all, include Picking up the Pieces (1998), 20 Things To Do Before You're 30 (2003), Bernard's Watch (2004), a guest role in Coupling (2004) - written, of course, by Steven Moffat - The Robinsons (2005) alongside Martin Freeman, and appearances in BBC comedy series, including both series of Man Stroke Woman (2005-2007) alongside Nick Frost, and three series of After You've Gone (2007-2008). Amanda reunited with Nick Frost in the BBC mini-series adaptation of Martin Amis' novel Money in 2010, which was directed by Jeremy Lovering. Since then Amanda has taken ongoing roles in the BBC drama series Case Histories (2011), starring opposite Jason Issacs, ITV drama serial Mr Selfridge (2013), and of course, her role as Mary Watson (nee Morstan) in Sherlock, beginning in Series Three (2014).
Amanda's credits on stage include The Safari Party (2002), directed by Alan Ayckbourn and performed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough and The Hampstead Theatre in London, and Love Me Tonight (2004), directed by Kathy Burke and performed at The Hampstead Theatre.
Amanda met her partner Martin Freeman on the set of the TV movie Men Only in 2000, and the pair have two children together.
In a Times interview it mentioned "she had a hard time being bullied at primary school, mainly because she was short — although she would grow to a respectable 5ft 4in, just 2½in shorter than Freeman." “I didn’t tell anyone for ages. Eventually it just got unbearable and my mum went round and banged on one of their doors and said, ‘If your child ever does anything like that to my daughter again, I won’t be responsible for my actions.’ This girl was just relentless: picking on me and shoving me, putting my PE kit in the bin, taking my packed lunches every day. It was just constant chipping away.”
Giving up on her dream to become an actress could have ended on the playground when the taunting began but she kept her head high and is now living her dream.
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Posted By: Auzzie |
4/07/14 3:16 PM
What a great mum!