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

2 January 2014 1:42 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

"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.

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