STRICTLY star Amanda Abbington will be gearing up for her dancing debut on the BBC One show – but away from the cameras she has the perfect home to kick back and relax.
The actress, 49, stepped foot in the dance studio this week, along with 14 other celebrities.
After gruelling hours in training, the Mr Selfridge star has the perfectpad to unwind and soak those sore feet.
The Sherlock actress showed off her quirky home.
Her dining room is decorated in burgundy tones and decked out withanimal-themed paintings.
The room also features an old-fashioned fire place, a wooded dining table and various ornaments, like a model of the colosseum.
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The TV star gave fans a glimpse inside her living room, which has green walls, wooden patio doors and a floral sofa.
Amanda shared a snap of the log fireplace with a gold mirror hanging above it and a bookcase adjacent.
The star also shared a video a second living room, with huge patio doors which allows for plenty of natural lighting, a flat screen TV and more artwork.
After it was revealed the actress was part of the Strictly 2023 line-up, Amanda said: “I’m thrilled to have been asked to do Strictly.
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"I’m actually really shy and self-conscious so this will be a great opportunity for me to overcome those things!
"Plus, I get to learn to dance which I am incredibly excited about. I’m really looking forward to the training too, I’m quite competitive as my family and friends will tell you. I can’t wait to start!”
Amanda split with 51-year-old actor Martin Freeman — father of her two children — in 2016.
She started a romance with escapologist Jonathan Goodwin, 42, who was left paralysed in 2021 after a stunt on America’s Got Talent: Extreme went wrong.
Amanda played Mary Morstan in BBC1’s Sherlock from 2014 to 2017.
She was the on-screen wife of Martin’s Dr Watson, sidekick of supersleuth Sherlock Holmes, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.
She had expressed her desire to join Strictly as early as 2010, despite a general reluctance to appear on reality TV.
She said: “The only thing I’d love to do is Strictly Come Dancing.
“I love the idea of learning something.”
She joked: “This is an official application.
“But I’m sure me being on it would be its downfall.
“The curse of Amanda Abbington strikes again!”
Amanda starred as Miss Mardle in Mr Selfridge from 2013 until 2016.
She is also famous for her role as Mary Morstan, the wife of John Watson, played by her ex partner Martin Freeman, in Sherlock.
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She played various characters in police drama The Bill until 2007.
During that time she also appeared in Wycliffe, Casualty, Dream Team, The Sins, Shades, Doc Martin, Coupling, and Teachers.
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