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BAFTAs 2022: Martin Freeman and girlfriend make a rare appearance on the red carpet


Martin Freeman and his girlfriend made a rare appearance on the red carpet together at the BAFTA TV Awards held at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Sunday night.

The Sherlock star, 50, and actress Rachel Mariam, 50, looked loved up as they posed for cameras ahead of the glitzy do.

The actor looked dapper in a dark tuxedo and shielded his eyes with a pair of orange sunglasses while Rachel, who has appeared in TV show Normal People looked gorgeous in a tight fitting pink dress and stilettos, with colourful eye make up matching her dress.

The pair, who have been dating for two years, appeared blissfully happy as they smiled for cameras at the ceremony dedicated to celebrating the best of TV.



Martin Freeman and girlfriend Rachel Mariam on the BAFTA red carpet
Martin Freeman and girlfriend Rachel Mariam on the BAFTA red carpet



Martin Freeman
The Office star looked smart in a tuxedo, which he accessorised with sunglasses

In 2016, Martin split up with actress Amanda Abbington, with whom he shares two children, and appeared in a number of shows with, such as Sherlock.

Back in 2018, Amanda opened up about her struggle to cope with the collapse of the relationship.

She told Red Magazine she thought Martin was the love of her life, but their relationship broke down and led to “one of the darkest moments” of her life.

She added: “We still love each other – even if we’re not in love with each other – and neither of us sees our relationship as a failure.



Martin Freeman and girlfriend Rachel Mariam on the BAFTA red carpet
The pair looked loved-up at the event

“We had 16 great years together and have two fantastic kids. We still talk and we still give each other advice.”

In a 2017 interview with Radio Times, Martin similarly described how the ex-couple were on amicable terms.

“We split up a while ago,” he said. “I mean, we’re very friendly and it’s all lovely and cool. Yes, we’ve not been together for a while. I mean, we did the series not together.

“I’m all right, yes. I mean, we’re honest to God doing it [separating] in about as civilised a manner as I’ve ever heard of, you know.



Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington. Freeman has said it "wasn't that much fun" to film Sherlock with his former partner Amanda Abbington while they were in the process of splitting up.
Amanda dated Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman for 16 years

“I love Amanda’s work. I think she’s brilliant as an actor and she’s brilliant as a woman and, yes, I love her. I will always love Amanda, but, yes, we’re… you know, that’s what’s happened.”

Mr Selfridge star Amanda is now engaged to Britain’s Got Talent star Jonathan Goodwin, and recently revealed that he is paralysed for life after an appearance on America’s Got Talent went disastrously wrong.

Welsh daredevil Jonathan was left in a critical condition after plunging 30ft to the ground during a suspension stunt.



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Amanda Abbington is now with BGT star Jonathan Goodwin



Amanda Abbington and Jonathon Goodwin
Amanda and Jonathon were friends online for over a decade but fell in love quickly when they started dating

Instead of landing on the air mattress that was supposed to break his fall, he ended up sandwiched between two cars while clad in a straightjacket, which then burst into flames.

Speaking on restaurant critic Jay Rayner’s Out to Lunch podcast, Amanda said it was unlikely Jonathan would ever walk again.

She continued: “He’s paralysed now he’s in a wheelchair. Unless there’s a kind of stem cell surgery or that thing that Elon Musk is designing with the little chip, he’ll be like that forever.”





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