Amanda Abbington joins the cast of ‘Sherlock’ series 3

*Updated* Sherlock S3 casting news

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Actress Amanda Abbington has been spotted filming for the third series of popular BBC One series, Sherlock alongside Benedict Cumberbatch.

Abbington who is the long – term partner of Sherlock star Martin Freeman, and recently appeared in ITV drama Mr Selfridge, was shooting scenes on Monday (March 25) for Sherlock in Bristol, where fans took photos and filmed the cast filming scenes from the first episode of the new series, ‘The Empty Hearse,’ based on the Sherlock Holmes story, ‘The Adventure of the Empty House’. The video shows Abbington and Cumberbatch running towards a bonfire.

The BBC tweeted on their official twitter account that Abbington’s role “significantly impacts upon the lives of John and Sherlock.”

Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss previously said about the first episode and the original text: “There’s certain things about ‘The Adventure of the Empty House’ which feel set in stone because that’s how Sherlock comes back, but at the same time we feel free to invent and to introduce new stuff to it. ”

Sherlock series 3 is expected to air in the UK in the Autumn.