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Amanda Abbington's Biography

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Amanda Abbington grew up in Hertfordshire. Her father was a photographer.

Her early TV credits included such staples as Wycliff, The Bill, Casualty and Dream Team.

Her numerous credits since then have included playing Miss Mardle in Mr Selfridge and Mary Morstan opposite her partner Martin Freeman as Dr Watson in Sherlock. They had met whilst filming Channel 4's Men Only. They have two children Joe and Grace. Amanda and Martin split up and had been breaking up whilst still working on Sherlock.

The Independent reported, at the time of the announcement that Amanda was to take part in Strictly in 2023, that her partner was the escapologist and stunt performer Jonathan Goodwin, who was paralysed during a stunt.

Her stage credits include appearing in Stephen Moffat's The Unfriend.

In Strictly 2023, she was partnered by Giovanni Pernice.

Although she danced well in the early stages, towards the end of October she decided to withdraw from the competition.

Her son, Joe Freeman, played Jamie in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

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