Amanda Abbington (born Amanda Jane Smith; February 1974) is an English actress. She is best known for playing Miss Mardle in Mr Selfridge and Mary Morstan in the BBC adaptation of Sherlock.
She first appeared in the TV series The Bill until 2007 as various characters. During that time she also appeared in the TV series Wycliffe, Casualty, Dream Team, The Sins, Shades, Doc Martin, Coupling, and Teachers. She appeared in the 2005 comedy sketch show Man Stroke Woman and the 2007–2008 comedy After You’ve Gone with Nicholas Lyndhurst. She has also appeared in recurring series such as Bernard’s Watch, After You’ve Gone and Case Histories.
1. I’M QUITE A GOOD LISTENER, AND I’M GOOD AT LOOKING AFTER PEOPLE.
2. IF YOU GET A SCRIPT AND IT’S REALLY WELL WRITTEN, THAT’S ALWAYS EXCITING.
3. I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE OKAY, EVER SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL.
4. I SOMETIMES DON’T WASH MY HAIR FOR TWO WEEKS. THAT’S PRETTY DISGUSTING. IT’S SHORT, SO SOMETIMES IT’S EASIER TO JUST WET IT.
5. IF THE CHARACTER IS REALLY WELL-ROUNDED, AND IT’S A REALLY STRONG CHARACTER, AND IF THE WRITING IS JUST FANTASTIC, THAT’S THE THING THAT WILL HOOK ME IN, CERTAINLY.