Her character in TV smash hit Sherlock has a dark side.
And it seems that life is imitating art for actress Amanda Abbington.
The 42-year-old shocked fans on Wednesday as she showed off a dramatic new look.
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Chop and change! Sherlock star Amanda Abbington looked unrecognisable as she showed off her new dark pixie crop after cutting off her blonde locks
Amanda – who is married to her Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman – has chopped off her wavy blonde locks and in their place is a raven-coloured pixie crop.
Talking to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning, the host told her: ‘I don’t recognise you!’
Amanda explained it was a moment of madness in the hair salon: ‘I’m a chameleon…
‘No, I did a film in October, an Agatha Christie film, so had to have dark hair and it was in bad condition so I got it all taken off on a whim. Went into the hairdresser and said cut it all off!’
Spur of the moment: Amanda explained it was a moment of madness in the hair salon when she decided to cut it short
Dye-dye! The star had to get rid of her lighter colour for an Agatha Christie film – but her hair was left damaged when they dyed it dark
Elementary, my dear Ruth: Eamonn was shocked by Amanda’s new style as he offered his best impression of the literary detective
Awkward! Amanda went on to reveal that she presumed her Sherlock co-star Toby Jones hated her after he was rude on set of the upcoming special
In the moment: Toby plays the villainous Culverton Smith and kept in character on set
But her daring new look wasn’t her only surprising admission – Amanda revealed that she thought her co-star Toby Jones – who plays villainous Culverton Smith – hated her while they worked together on the new series of Sherlock.
She explained: ‘He was in character, he plays this disgusting character and he had a lot of stuff to do.
‘I asked him if he wanted a latte and he (pulled a disgusted face) and I thought he doesn’t like me!
‘I found out later that he was in character and processing it all.
Watson’s wife: Amanda will appear in the special and will be a mother in the New Year’s Day episode
‘I’m not like that, I like to have a laugh on set but I completely understand people who do.’
On-screen and off-screen couple Amanda and Martin will be parents to daughter Rosamund when Sherlock returns to screens on New Year’s Day.
However, the adage of not working with animals or children only rang true for the new canine addition to the cast.
The actress reveals: ‘The babies (the show used twins) were fine – one projectile vomited on me but they were fine.
‘We worked with the worst dogs in the history of canine acting.
‘Mark (Gatiss) thought it would be a great idea to get a real bloodhound un but it was not. Asked him to do anything he would just sit there.’
Times are changing: On-screen and off-screen couple Amanda and Martin will be parents to daughter Rosamund when Sherlock returns to screens on New Year’s Day
Dog’s dinner: However, the adage of not working with animals or children only rang true for the new canine addition to the cast – with Amanda admitting that the bloodhound was a ‘terrible actor’