Scottish Daily Mail

Sherlock star and a Twitter rumpus — it’s elementary


SHERLOCK star Amanda Abbington is so outspoken on political issues that she has been banned from Twitter three times. Now, the ex-partner of The Hobbit’s Martin Freeman — the father of her two children — faces her most furious backlash yet after claiming that people born with male anatomy cannot be referred to as women.

Her latest comments came in response to TV screenwrit­er Graham Linehan — co-creator of Father Ted — who posed the question online: ‘What was the closest friendship you lost because of your beliefs?’

Abbington, 46, replied: ‘I was hounded off Twitter and have repeatedly been accused of being a TERF [trans-exclusiona­ry radical feminist] for simply wanting to have a dialogue about it. Because it isn’t black and white.’ She then asserted that people who are born male cannot be referred to as the opposite sex, suggesting it’s ‘patriarchy gone insane’.

The post, which she has since deleted, prompted a deluge of angry responses, including from one fan: ‘Is there something in the water in Britain? Seriously? Because it’s like every day I wake up to the news that another British celebrity has gone on a transphobi­c rant and is wanting to have a “dialogue” about whether people like my partner should have their rights taken away or not. It’s exhausting.’

The actress’s comments echo those made by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who was vilified for poking fun at an article for not referring to ‘people who menstruate’ as women.

Abbington, whose 16-year relationsh­ip with Freeman ended four years ago, swiftly issued an apology on social media, writing: ‘I wish to profoundly apologise for the comment I made about trans people. It was ill-informed and incredibly hurtful.’

However, it might be too little too late, as her Twitter account has now been deleted — though it’s not clear if this was done of her own volition.

A spokesman for Amanda Abbington was unavailabl­e for comment.

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