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Martin Freeman Slams Internet Trolls For Harassing Partner Amanda Abbington

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12/10/2013 7:45 pm
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Martin Freeman Slams Internet Trolls For Harassing Partner Amanda Abbington
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Roxanne Powell

Staff Writer

Be careful out there, Sherlockians! Martin Freeman has come out against a minority group of fans who have sent online threats and harassment to his long-time partner, Amanda Abbington. Abbington is set to star as the love interest of John Watson in the coming series of the popular BBC detective show. When asked about his response to the abuse, Freeman said that it is “ridiculous” that so many feel the need to send Abbington tweets about her recent casting as Mary Morstan. And if you don’t think the actors have access to your fan fiction, think again! In a recent interview with Time Out, Freeman commented, "To me, they're not fans of the show - they're fans of a show going on in their heads. "Obviously I love Amanda and I want everyone to react positively to her; she plays a fantastic character and brings a hell of a lot to the third series.” The end of the show’s second series found John Watson bereft at the death of his best friend and flat mate, Sherlock Holmes. It is only natural that he should seek comfort and companionship from someone else. This was true in Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels, and it is true in the show. But while John’s love interest is turning quite a few heads, Freeman says that fans may be disappointed in the new series. Apparently, Sherlock’s faked death may not have the awe-inspiring back story we all hoped for. "There's something slightly mundane in knowing the truth of a thing. It's like asking Derren Brown to explain one of the amazing things he does. When he tells you, you're likely to go, 'Oh, right, erm...' I still think it's going to be satisfying, though. "Loads of people have gone to town on how they think it happened - and some of the theories have been quite close. We have some fun with that in the show." They read our theory threads, too? Wow! It will be very cool to see how some of our thoughts and questions will be addressed in the new series. Freeman noted that staring alongside Abbington was “lovely.” "She's known [show producer] Sue Vertue and Mark Gatiss for a very long time and they wanted her to be in it, which is fine by me," he explained. "She's a really good actor, I know how good she is and I know how easy she is to work with and I'm a big fan of hers as a craftsperson. So yeah, she's wonderful!" The world’s favorite detective will return to our screens on New Years Day (Jan 1) 2014. BBC One will hold its screening at 9pm, but check your providers for local listings.


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