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Martin Freeman reveals how his relationship is with Amanda Abbington as they split after 15 years

Mirror logo Mirror 10/01/2017 Mark Jefferies

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Actor Martin Freeman says things are “civilised” with former partner Amanda Abbington after they ended their 15 year relationship together. 

The actor who plays John Watson in BBC’s Sherlock , announced shortly before Christmas they had split earlier in the year before they filmed scenes on the TV show together.

In a new interview he said: “I mean, we’re very friendly and it’s all lovely and cool.

Martin and Amanda in Sherlock (Photo: BBC) © Mirror Martin and Amanda in Sherlock (Photo: BBC) "Yes, we’ve not been together for a while. I mean, we did the series not together.

“You know enough about me to know that I won’t talk about it, but I’m all right, yes.

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"I mean, we’re honest to God doing it [separating] in about as civilised a manner as I’ve ever heard of, you know.

"I love Amanda’s work. I think she’s brilliant as an actor and she’s brilliant as a woman and, yes, I love her.

"I will always love Amanda, but, yes, we’re… you know, that’s what’s happened.

“It’s just one of those things. It happens, doesn’t it? But we’re cool.”

<span class="caption" itemprop="description" style="background:transparent;border:0px;font-size:14px;margin:0px;outline:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-family:'Open Sans', sans-serif;font-weight:700;color:#2c2c2c;">Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington</span> © Copyright unknown Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington In 2015 appeared in a Labour Party election broadcast and came out as a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn .

But asked by Radio Times if he’s still a fan of Labour’s leader, 45-year-old Freeman pulled a conflicted expression.

He added: “It’s not an easy one that. I don’t know, man, I don’t know.

"The thing is, for me as a Labour supporter, he said a lot of things that I’ve been waiting for a Labour leader to say for years and years and years.

"But you also have to look at practicality, you know, so I’m observing that with interest.”

<span class="caption" itemprop="description" style="background:transparent;border:0px;font-size:14px;margin:0px;outline:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-family:'Open Sans', sans-serif;font-weight:700;color:#2c2c2c;">Sherlock Holmes played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Dr John Watson played by Martin Freeman</span><span class="credit" itemprop="author" style="background:transparent;border:0px;font-size:11px;margin:0px 0px 0px 2px;outline:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-family:'Open Sans', sans-serif;color:#141414;">(Photo: PA)</span> © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Sherlock Holmes played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Dr John Watson played by Martin Freeman Ahead of the third and final episode in the current series of Sherlock, Freeman also insisted he didn’t know if it would be the last.

He said: “Truly, I don’t know how long it will go on. But these days we always want everything yesterday, we’re never sated, we want what’s next, what’s next, what’s next.

"And I think, ‘Wow, there’s hours of telly you haven’t watched yet’, you know? So let’s just enjoy them.”

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