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Abbington thanks fans for messages of support amid reports of split from Freeman

Amanda Abbington has thanked her fans for their messages of support after it was reported she and long-time partner Martin Freeman had split.

The actors were together for 16 years and Freeman seemingly declared they had ended their union.

Abbington wrote on Twitter: "Hey you lot! Thanks for the beautiful and supportive messages. We are all OK! But thanks."

Abbington, 42, and Freeman, 45, have two children together and also appear as married couple Mary and John Watson in BBC's Sherlock.

According to a Financial Times interview published on Thursday, Freeman said: "I'm not with Amanda any more.

"It's very, very amicable - I'll always love Amanda."

There were no further details of the reported split revealed in the interview.

The couple met in 2000 on the set of their film Men Only and, as well as Sherlock, they have appeared in a handful of other TV and movie productions together including The Good Night and The Robinsons.

They have kept their private life largely out of the public eye but have made occasional red carpet appearances together over the years.

This week Freeman and Abbington were together with other cast members at an event to promote the New Year's Day episode of Sherlock.

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