New cast member announced for Sherlock series 3

News Louisa Mellor 27 Mar 2013 - 12:50

Actress Amanda Abbington has been confirmed as appearing in the new run of Sherlock episodes...

A flurry of (well-labelled, at least) Sherlock spoilers have been doing the online rounds since filming began on the third series last week, the majority centring around an exterior scene filmed in Portland Square, Bristol. Said shoot revealed what we imagine to be some fairly spoiler-y things to the fans-turned-extras in attendance, things we won't repeat here. If you want to go looking for it, it's out there. We'll leave it at that.

Officially confirmed by the BBC today though, is the involvement of a co-star spotted filming scenes with Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in Bristol: Amanda Abbington (Mr Selfridge, Being HumanCase Histories and much more). Abbington is a familiar face on UK television, with roles in dramas, soaps, geek fare, and, according to her IMDb page, was the actress behind 'Lesbian 2' in Martin Freeman-starring sex comedy Swinging With the FinkelsWhat also hasn't escaped most people's attention is that she also happens to be the long-term partner of Freeman, with whom she has two children. Sherlock is keeping it in the family then, always nice.

The Radio Times has heard that Abbington's as-yet unidentified role "significantly impacts upon the lives of John and Sherlock", so let the speculation begin. We are expecting a wedding in at least one episode this series, remember...

Radio Times

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I take it she doesn't need to be bankrupt for much longer, then... Despite having a multi-millionare common-law husband. Nothing like getting a job for the missus, eh?

Well, it's not like it's a sight unseen. Look at Person of Interest. Finch's girlfriend is played by Michael Emerson's RL wife. Gina Torres will be having an arc on Hannibal, her husband's, Laurence Fishburne's, new show...

Poor casting. There is a lot of ill will towards this actress at the moment over her dodging taxes. I like characters I can empathize with. The actress brings with her baggage.

Lets not forget Cumberbatch's girlfriend at the time had a role in The Blind Banker. So nepotism kind of runs in the family at Sherlock.

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