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Amanda Abbington Joins the Cast of Sherlock (Maybe?)

Series 3 of the BBC’s runaway hit Sherlock has begun filming, much to the delight of its rabid fanbase. But there’s apparently one last minute addition to the cast who had yet to be announced, at least according to some folks who were in Portland Square in Bristol, England and shot some video there. If they’re to be believed, Amanda Abbington, longtime partner of Sherlock star Martin Freeman, has joined the series.

Freeman and Abbington share two children and not a few credits together. Like Freeman, Abbington is an actor of screen and stage, as well as a comedian. Though she’s played small roles in his movies before, perhaps the most obvious role for her in a series without many recurring female characters would be as John Watson’s wife Mary Morstan, which would have a nice ironic twist to it. Although in the books Morstan was sacrificed (by killing her character) to the narrative expediency of bringing Holmes and Watson back to their Baker Street lodgings after Holmes’ return from apparent death (and after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gave in to fan pressure to once again write new books about Sherlock Holmes after killing him off so that he wouldn’t have to do it ever again), in the show she has yet to be introduced in any capacity.

Likely, however, Freeman’s Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Holmes will be reuniting at 221 B, so one hopes that she wouldn’t be introduced simply to be killed off. It’s just as likely that she is some other one-episode character. Or, that Abbington is not involved at all and Bristol Culture was mistaken. Here’s their video of the shoot:

(via Digital Spy.)

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  • Amy W

    On one hand, there’d be no better role FOR her on the show, and she’d be perfect. On the other hand, IT’S NOT FAIR, she already gets to be married to him in real life, why can’t somebody ELSE get to be fake-married to him, you know, like random Pennsylvanian librarian-moms with little-to-no acting experience?

    Seriously, though, if they DO introduce Mary in this season, it CAN’T be just to kill her off immediately. She’s too interesting a character. I hope they take their time with the character and do her justice. I’d like to see “Sign of Four” done more fully than just passingly hinted at, anyway, and it didn’t sound like it would be done this season from the hint words.

  • dibu

    Watson was 2 or 3 times married. Only saying.

  • ashleyxø

    It’s also a possibility that she’s playing Harry Watson, John’s sister. It really could be either character, but I’m really hoping it’s Harry. After reading John’s blog and Harry’s comments, I’d love to see her come to life onscreen.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, and I think they all died of sickness. Seriously, John Watson is the worst doctor ever!

  • Ana Luiza Savioli

    You know, I’m not saying anything, but if Amanda is really Mary Morstan, and they are running so scared to that fire, maybe there’s someone under those things, and judging by how many people Sherlock and Mary both like….

  • Anonymous

    I’m hoping for an even bigger twist and she ends up playing Harry Watson…

  • Mila

    I was at Portland square and watched the scene and it was definitely Amanda as Mary. We were also hoping she would be Harry when we first saw her, but unfortunately we were wrong. Still hoping Harry might be introduced later.