‘Sherlock’ Season 3 Casts Amanda Abbington in Mysterious Female Role

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As filming gets underway on the third season of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ modern detective series Sherlock, more details are beginning to emerge regarding what we can expect to see from the series in the future. The title of the first episode – “The Empty Hearse” – was revealed by Gatiss on the first day of filming, and the casting of actor Tomi May in the episode has triggered speculation that James Moriarty’s right-hand man, Sebastian Moran, may make an appearance as the new antagonist.

There’s more speculation ahead; Deadline is reporting that Amanda Abbington has been cast in an important, though currently unnamed role this season. Abbington is currently starring alongside Jeremy Piven in British period drama series Mr Selfridge, and also appeared in Craig Viveiros’ 2011 prison movieĀ Ghosted.

From everything we’ve learnt so far, it’s looking extremely likely that Abbington will play John Watson’s wife, Mary Morstan. The teaser word for the second episode of the season is “wedding”, and the article quotes their Sherlock source as saying that she will have a “significant impact” on John and Sherlock’s lives, and also that Abbington “could appear in more than one of the three feature-length episodes.” Then, of course, there’s the fact that Abbington and Martin Freeman are longtime partners in real life.

On the other hand, that explanation for Abbington’s casting seems almost too perfect. It’s long been assumed that Mary Morstan would appear in the third season, since in Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories the detective duo meet her quite early on in a case, and John marries her shortly afterwards. But Abbington could just easily be playing a different female character from the stories, or even an original role created for the series. When questioned on the subject of the teaser words last summer, Gatiss warned that they, “...May be misleading, are not titles, are only teases or possibly clues, but might be deliberately designed to get you into a lather.”

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No doubt fans of the show are already in a lather over this latest casting news. In Doyle’s stories, John’s marriage to Mary leads to him moving out of 221B Baker Street, and in Guy Ritchie’s recent Sherlock Holmes movies their relationship drives a significant wedge into the Holmes-Watson bromance (though this is temporarily alleviated when Sherlock throws Mary off a moving train). With at least one more season planned after this one, however, it doesn’t look like Watson will be leaving his detective days behind him any time soon.

Are you convinced that Abbington will be playing Mary Morstan, or do you suspect that Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat are deliberately bluffing their audience? Tell us your theories in the comments.

Sherlock Season 3 will being airing this winter.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I hope they bring back Irene Adler eventually. hopefully even this season. I think it would be cool to have a surprise appearance from her at the end of the second episode then have her star in the finale.

    • Same here.
      I’m not at all familiar with the Holmes stories so I don’t know if she was a recurring character but she was great in this series and I’d love to see more of her.
      IMO Adler brought out the best in Sherlock in ways that are similar to Alice in Luthor and for me smart and engaging female characters are always a plus.

  2. I wonder how big of a role Mary Morstan will have (if she appears). The books only mention her briefly. Will her role be amped up for Sherlock?

  3. I really liked her in Case Histories.

  4. If she is playing watsons wife I would suspect that they will modt likely kill her off by the end of the season creating a storyline that will go into season 4

  5. can be a female version of sebastian moran. no one knows

    • Oh that would be brilliant! :D

  6. I hope she plays Harry, John’s sister.

    • Haha, so do I! That’d be quite the twist!

  7. No. Just no. John Watson isn’t supposed to get married. Please..

    • Actually, John Watson is supposed to get married – it happened in the canon. Gatiss has already said he wants it to happen in the BBC Sherlock. Get used to it – it’s happening.

  8. From that picture it would seem her role would be “Mrs Dr. Evil” hahahahahaha. That’s a look that could put a freeze to a guys nads really fast….

  9. Martin Freeman is a fabulous and adorable actor. I’m a huge fan. He’s worked with Amanada on previous projects, I think. I’m imagining it would make them happy to work together on Sherlock, since they’ve had to spend so much time apart lately. She’s pretty marvelous herself. I hope she is playing Mary Moran. It’ll be fun to see them interact.

    • Martin Freeman is a cheap creep. Read his interviews.

  10. I think Amanda is as homely as a fencepost and Freeman pulled some strings at the BBC to get her the job. It’s really ironic if she plays his screen wife when he won’t marry her in real life. But then the cheap creep wpuld have to pay her taxes.

  11. Yuck! I hope this wedding/marriage doesn’t ruin Sherlock and Watson’s great chemistry. They are very dynamic as a duo both on and offscreen and it seems that mixing it up with Freeman’s real life partner will ruin this all the way around!!!! I hope not but, I just don’t like the vibe. I guess I will have to wait and see ………

  12. Honestly, I’m hoping Miss Morstan doesn’t show up at all in this series, though I know it’s obviously a high hope, seeing as she was… well, somewhat important in the books. I’ve been reading them since seeing this show, and the fact that John moved out of 221B had me fuming! This is the first show to really go into the fact that Sherlock and John could possibly have had a real mutual need and, in Cumberbatch’s own words, love for each other. I love the isolation of these two from the world outside of their relationship so far, and I don’t need Morstan screwing that up.

    • yep i think the same!

  13. i hope they are bluffing. I want to see more Sherlok and John at 221B Baker Street. It will be very interesting to see the dynamic between them especially after Sherlock returns.

    • It would be nice if they were bluffing, but I wouldn’t worry too much! Mary does die in the books and John moves back in with Sherlock shortly afterwards.
      Besides, I don’t think that Steven and Mark would use “wedding” as a tease word if something interesting didn’t happen at said wedding. John and Sherlock will have been reunited at that point, so maybe Mary will disappear (or, if we’re lucky, die) before the wedding and the boys have to investigate! :)