Sherlock star Martin Freeman has come out to publicly slam the twitter trolls who have been targeting his partner, and co-star, Amanda Abbington since joining the shows cast.
Abbington, who also stars in ITV period drama Mr Selfridge, will make her Sherlock debut playing Mary Morstan, the love interest for Watson (Martin Freeman) when the show returns for its third series on New Year’s Day!
Mary Morstan was an original character in the Sherlock Holmes novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was introduced to Watson when she hired the great London detective team to help find her missing father.
In the BBC modern day version, which is only loosely based on the original works, Mary meets and falls in love with Watson whilst Sherlock has been absent for the past two years after faking his death at the end of series two.
It is believed that a transition to accept Morstan is a difficult one for Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch), especially when, it is rumoured, she marries Watson during series 3.
However, off-screen the three are very good friends, and Amanda and Martin have actually been in a relationship for over a decade, but it seems that despite her huge connection to the show, Amanda has not been made very welcome by all the fans.
Abington has been the target of twitter trolls sending her horrible messages ahead of her show debut, and now Martin Freeman has taken to a recent Time Out interview to slam those responsible.
Addressing the trolls, the Hobbit star exclaimed:
“To me, they’re not fans of the show – they’re fans of a show going on 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.”
On the subject of whether a fourth series of the hit show would be on the cards, Martin coyly hinted that fans could ‘safely assume’ there would.
Sherlock returns to our BBC screens at 9pm on New Year’s Day – Watch the new official trailer for it in the clip below: