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Amanda Abbington: Meet Martin Freeman's 'Sherlock' and real-life love interest

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"Sherlock" Season 3 has a new player: Amanda Abbington joins the cast as Mary Morstan, John Watson's fiancee. But the role isn't Abbington's first connection to the show. Rather, she and Martin Freeman have been real-life romantic partners for years.

How much does the fictional Mary resemble the real actress? And how did she get the role?

There are some big differences between truth and fiction, of course. While Mary is new on the "Sherlock" scene, Abbington and Freeman have been in a committed relationship for over a decade. The two actors also have two children together and have worked on multiple acting projects over the years: "Men Only" (where they met), "The Debt," "The Robinsons" and "The Good Night."

Despite all that, the "Sherlock" wedding of John and Mary will be the couple's first -- the longtime partners have never tied the knot in real life.

A veteran of British television,
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Hugh Grant Takes The Lead In The Pirates! Band Of Misfits

An Aardman Production For Sony Pictures Animation Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen Also On Board

Culver City, Calif. – Hugh Grant will voice the lead role alongside an all-star cast in The Pirates! Band Of Misfits, the new stop-motion, 3D, animated film produced by Aardman Animations for Sony Pictures Animation. The film, which will be distributed by Columbia Pictures, will be released March 30, 2012 in North America.

Hugh Grant, starring in his first animated role, is the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to
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Bonneville To Topline 3D "Captain Nemo"

Veteran British TV actor Hugh Bonneville will star in the 3D steampunk action feature "Captain Nemo" for Shoreline Entertainment says Heat Vision.

The story serves as a pseudo sequel to Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and finds Captain Nemo joining forces with President Ulysses Grant to battle an evil genius who is causing naval disasters.

Pearry Teo will direct the project which begins filming in Beijing this August. Illuminate Hollywood will handle the 3D visual effects while Mark Rudnitksy and Amy Krell are producing.

Bonneville's long resume stretches back two decades and includes the likes of "Lost in Austen," "Married for Life," "Tipping the Velvet," "The Robinsons," "Bonekickers," "Courting Alex," "Five Days" and films like "Notting Hill," "Mansfield Park," "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," "Iris," "Glorious 39" and "Burke and Hare". He currently stars in "Downton Abbey" and played a pirate captain in last week's episode of "Doctor Who".
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BBC America broadens sked with new adds

BBC America broadens sked with new adds
The musical love story/thriller Viva Blackpool and the gritty medical drama Bodies are among the slate of new co-productions that BBC America announced Monday. Other new projects include a made-for-TV movie starring Bill Nighy and Miranda Richardson, the miniseries Messiah: The Promise, the comedy-drama series Love Soup and comedy show The Robinsons. The slate announcement follows news in January that BBC America is doubling its programming budget over the next two years.

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