Amanda Abbington: ‘Some bastard nicked my purse’ at the Emmys


Even though literally no one from Team Sherlock campaigned for any Emmy nominations, nor for any awards, they still picked up a big prize: Best TV Movie, for the Sherlock Christmas special, The Abominable Bride. The Abominable Bride was a bad “special” for many reasons (Sherlock mansplaining women’s suffrage, for one), and I was slightly surprised that it beat out All the Way and Confirmation. It was also up against Luther and A Very Murray Christmas. It definitely seemed like Confirmation and All the Way were more Emmy-friendly, but the Emmys do have a long history of loving posh British people, especially since they gave another f—king Emmy to Maggie Smith.

Where was I? Oh, so Sherlock won and the only actor who bothered to show up was Amanda Abbington, Martin Freeman’s on-and-off-screen partner and a well-regarded actress in her own right. When a TV movie, miniseries or show wins a big Emmy, the entire contingent goes up to collect the award, which is why Amanda went on stage with Stephen Moffat and the other peeps. Apparently, Amanda left her purse behind as she went on stage, and then she didn’t get back to her seat because the winners have to do press backstage for ten minutes or so. By the time she got back to her seat, her purse had been stolen! She made a series of tweets:

Thanks for the lovely tweets re; the Emmy’s. So pleased we won! Cool, right?

However, we went up to collect the Emmy, did some press, came back to my seat and some bastard had nicked my purse from under my seat. Nice

Had my phone and driver’s licence in it. So whoever took my purse, I hope some terrible Karmic sh-t happens to you. How crappy is that.

Thanks for all the kind words re: my handbag. Still no sign of it. And can’t use find my iPhone as my wifi wasn’t on. Onwards and upwards. X

[From Amanda Abbington’s Twitter]

This would be something that happens to me – I have that kind of bad luck, where I’m the one person who ends up getting robbed at a fancy event. I’ve actually always wondered about this: how do we not hear of more celebrities being robbed at these fancy events? Does it happen infrequently? Or do most robbery victims just keep it quiet? You would think, hey, I’m at an industry event, I’m amongst peers, no one is going to grab my purse if I leave it unattended for 10 minutes. But you would be wrong. I also wonder what happens when a British citizen gets robbed in America. I would imagine she would go to the nearest British consulate and have to get some kind of emergency ID?


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  1. Locke Lamora says:

    That special was meduicre at best. I can’z believe it got an Emmy.
    I like Amanda though. Controversial opinion, I find Martin smug an annoying.

    • Sixer says:

      It was awful. Luther wasn’t much better. Poor win, I think. I also like Amanda. I also like Martin (with some exceptions and disagreements – eg tax, identity politics) because I like a good curmudgeon.

    • lilacflowers says:

      The Abominable Bride was abominable and didn’t rise to the level of mediocre. Another case of Emmy voters sticking with the old stuff. Confirmation and All The Way were miles ahead.

    • j says:

      ‘a very murray christmas’ was the worst nominee imo. just terrible

      this is the first time the show itself has won this category

    • DrunkNachos says:

      I three love cuddly curmudgeonly Martin! Hes the anti-Hiddleston, really, and thank FSM for that!

  2. hey-ya says:

    …Id love to know the casting process for Abbingdons role…as in NHS staff are 80% poc…but oh…this role went to one of the toff stars partner…#SherlockSoWhite…ho ho…

    • bread says:

      Probably the same process as for Steven Moffat’s son, Mark Gatiss’s husband and Cumberbatch’s parents. That show is rife with nepotism.

      • hey-ya says:

        ..learn something new everyday…the sooner that licence fee is made voluntary the better…

      • Bethie says:

        Who has Mark Gatiss’ husband played?

      • Sixer says:

        That’s Ian Hallard, isn’t it? He’s been in Sherlock AND Doctor Who.

        I think he co-writes with Gatiss, also.

      • squeezeo'lime says:

        And Cumberbatch’s former partner in Season 1.

      • DrunkNachos says:

        The nepotism on that show is a literal running joke amongst the showrunners and the fandom. At this point, I’m surprised Benedict’s half-sister hasn’t made her star appearance. I find it a bit grating, given the BBC runs off licensing fees….

      • j says:

        not so bothered by it–the nepotism, that is, the cast not being diverse is a legit problem– but only because when they went to the bbc, they decided to foot more of the bill to retain control. so hartswood is the show’s primary funder, not the bbc. that’s why the bbc couldn’t license its products for so long unlike other bbc shows. they needed to reach an agreement with hartswood

        but tbh sherlock makes the bbc way more than they contribute.

  3. Sixer says:

    I now have an addition to my collection of Britisher swear words you don’t have to asterisk on American websites! Teehee.

    Presumably, she would just report it to the police and use her passport as ID, then get a reissue driving licence when she gets home?

    • Felice. says:

      Her phone is gone too.

      • Sixer says:

        Same thing for that, though, surely? Report it to your provider for security and to the police for the crime of the theft?

    • Lindsay says:

      Yep. Fill out a police report with what was stolen. If your passport was among the items go to your respective state department, fill out forms, schedule an emergency appointment (don’t let the name fool you, they are 9-5, M-F not including holidays and won’t see you without an appointment.) Then you take you forms and £100 to the British Embassy or $150 to the American Embassy (both non-refundable, obviously go to the Embassy of the country that issued your passport) and in 24 hours you will have an emergency passport that must be replaced when you get back home. Lots of headaches and red tape…

      The phone would probably be the easiest thing to replace. That is just money and talking to your wireless provider who will feel bad for you. The people at the embassy and state agencies that issue identification have heard it over and over and lose a bit of their shock and empathy.

      You cannot board an international flight without a passport if one will be required at your destination. The real fun is losing it between the plane and the international arrivals area of the airport – which people have managed to do.

      However, for domestic flights you can board without a government issued photo ID (if they have to, the airlines and TSA will take library cards, prescription bottle, mail, student or company ID ect as proof of identity.) So you don’t have to get a new driver’s license until you get back home. You do have to go through extra security though.

      • Susan says:

        I have a very good and smart friend who is one of those people who “lost” their passport between boarding the plane and landing. She was flying from LA to Barcelona and it was a total nightmare. She was basically locked up with sketchy folks at the Barcelona airport for 36 hours as it happened on the weekend and was about to be deported back to the USA but her husband managed to get to the US consulate in Barcelona first thing Monday morning.

        Moral of the story…people will steal passports off you while you sleep on the plane so keep it on your body and not in a bag on the floor.

        As for great customer weekend service from a consulate, the Irish consulate in NYC were amazing. My aunt and uncle are legal residents in the US but still retain their Irish citizenship. When my other aunt in Ireland died suddenly on a Saturday morning, I arranged flights the following day for my mother and her siblings to go to Ireland. But then we discovered that the Irish passport for my uncle was expired. :( I left a voicemail on the comsukate’s emergency line really not expecting anything but got a call back fairly swiftly and an extremely nice foreign service employee made plans to meet us at the consulate on Sunday morning before the flight. She gave us some sort of temporary paperwork so my uncle could fly into Ireland and then he sorted out his passport renewal while he was in country. I was thoroughly impressed.

    • Brittney B. says:


      Is it really censor-worthy in the UK? Because it’s a “swear word” here too, but it’s pretty mild.

      • Sixer says:

        If it was in, say, a serious newspaper, it would be rendered as b-stard, probably, yes! It’s not thought of as one of the most evil words though.

        That is why the Rik Mayall politician character is called Alan B’stard. Play on words with swearing and posh ways of rendering names!

  4. original kay says:

    I hope it just got kicked somewhere, in the shuffle of people, but I don’t think so.

    I’d be so upset. I’ve lost my wallet a few times and replacing everything is such an ordeal. You need this ID to get that ID but both were taken and once I had to search my long form BC just to replace things. Tedious. and that was my own fault, losing it. I can’t imagine how’d feel to have it taken :( someone going through your stuff.

    I dislike Sherlock very much (Team Elementary always), but I like Amanda. Her partner not at all, I cannot stand his acting. Or what he passes as acting. Just my opinion, no need to tell me how wrong I am and that Sherlock is wonderful and Martin is fabulous. Can’t stand Cumby or Martin, never will :)

    • hey-ya says:

      ….love love me some Elementary too…though the story lines are somewhat basic…

    • shelly* says:

      OK I totally agree, although I did like the first two series of Sherlock, series 3 was utter rubbish and the Christmas “special” was awful imo.
      As for getting the Cumberbatch Parents a gig, urghh don’t get me started.

      And Freeman his acting style seems to veer between bemusement or startled ferret, I cannot stand him.

      Hope she gets her bag back though, what an extraordinarily mean thing to do.

      • Anonymous says:

        I’m with you. The first two series were so amazing, and the chemistry between Freeman and Cumby was truly lovely. Series 3 was shite. Way too much pandering to fans.

        And Freeman is a terrible actor. He plays the same character ALL THE TIME.

  5. Secretly says:

    I’ve worked at these events, BAFTAs (Film and Television), as well as the NTA and NMA in Britain.

    Yes, there are mostly peers and yes, there are mostly professional staff that ensures everything is running smoothly.
    BUT! There are also friends, people attending the first and maybe last time and so many seatfillers. Anonymous people, who could easily grab something. It can happen.

    • Lindsay says:

      There was a TON of extra security though. Extra police and three plain clothes private security (and were seat fillers) companies because of everything that happened in New York. That was a bold thing to do. Plus, it’s not like they are carrying tons of cash to an award show.

    • Mean Hannah says:

      I’ve had my designer sunglasses (one of two I’ve ever bought) stolen right off the table at an industry award show not open to the public; jacket stolen at the Grammys; shoes stolen backstage at a huge tribute show; and one of my artists had her bra stolen while she was singing on stage. The bigger stars don’t get things stolen because they’ve got assistants.

  6. Soror Bro says:

    Was Harmony Korine there?

    • Lindsay says:

      It doesn’t look like it. Does he have a history of steal actresses’ bags? Or were you just curious? He does mostly film and doesn’t really fit the mainstream taste of the Emmys.

  7. Pedro45 says:

    I once had a large purse stolen with a library book inside. I called the library to inform them and ask how much I owed them and they said, “Oh, that book was returned.” I thought it was very polite and civic-minded of the thief to drop off my book before going to the department store next door to try to open a credit card in my name.

    On topic, I like Amanda but dislike Martin Freeman. I had no idea they were a couple.

    • Lindsay says:

      Lol. It was. Good to know they weren’t your common criminal. Steal other people’s identity not community property. There have to be some standards of behavior.

      I am very sorry that happened to you and hope it wasn’t to much of a pain to fix any credit issues. Those agencies are not known for customer service and reliability.

      • Pedro45 says:

        Lindsay, it wasn’t too bad because the department store security called me to say that they had my I.d. It turns out that the thief’ s girlfriend/accomplice looked nothing like me and didn’t bother to memorize my birth date or address so they were caught and detained immediately. I lost a small amount of cash but that’s it.

      • Lindsay says:

        So a stupid, lazy, and civically minded criminal accomplice! I am so glad it worked out for you and the department store cared and paid enough attention to intervene. It sounds like they even caught them. That’s very rare.

        Have a great day! :)

    • Soror Bro says:

      What was the book?

    • Linn says:

      Maybe the thief just took the things s/he deemed to be of worth and left everything behind and somebody completely different returned the book for you?

    • I Choose Me says:

      I don’t know why your story amuses me so much but it does. Though I’m sorry that happened to you. I mean stealing a purse and committing credit card fraud is one thing but not returning a library book ‘quelle horreur’. That is clearly the outside of enough.

      • Pedro45 says:

        Don’t worry, it amuses me too. Not returning a library book (and on time, I might add) is clearly a line that can’t be crossed. It could have been much worse but I did like that purse.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    I once had an umbrella and bible stolen at church. The umbrella I can understand – it was pouring out. But who steals a BIBLE? Especially one that’s all marked-up and practically falling apart?

    • Lindsay says:

      That’s awful! Goodness, I hope they learned something from the stolen Bible and it didn’t have to much sentimental value to you. In the US their are lots of places that will give you a brand new Bible for free.

      Have a blessed day! :)

    • shelly* says:

      I think there must be a special place in Hell for a bible thief.

    • DrunkNachos says:

      Don’t know if you know this (but now you do!) but Bibles are the most stolen book in bookstores (at least in the US). Learned this when I worked at the now-defunct Borders! BIBLES of all things!

  9. Giddy says:

    My great-aunt was in a bridge group for years with a kleptomaniac. The day after they had played her husband would show up at the hostess’ and return whatever she had stolen. Since the ladies knew they would get their things back they didn’t mind. I met the lady/thief and she was the epitome of sweet, cuddly grandma. You never know who gets a secret thrill by stealing.

  10. squeezeo'lime says:

    Controversial opinion, I don’t like Amanda Abbington.. She always has some bullsh*t drama going on and is petty to the point of arguing with people on twitter, woman has no chill. I doubt Martin Freeman is any different since they have been together since the dawn of time.

    • Granger says:

      I totally agree! I don’t like her as an actress at all, and I find her quite grating in interviews. Plus, she was so smug when she got the part on Sherlock and it annoyed the hell out of me. That show is so big on nepotism — she was cast because she’s Martin wife, pure and simple, not because she was the best actress for the job.

    • DrunkNachos says:

      I find her a good actress (Martin is good too), but I agree on the Twitter! NO CHILL, this chick! She takes EVERYTHING to the nth degree…I find that social media is more a burden for a celeb than a boon (tho they dont realise it), and they eventually show their ass, often in an spectacularly fail-rific explosion.

  11. brincalhona says:

    Amanda, maybe it’s “karmic shit” for you not paying your taxes. Did you consider that?

  12. Joanie says:

    Part of me hopes that somebody is hacking her phone to dig up sexts from Martin. I would show up to read those.