Amanda Abbington upset by bankruptcy disclosure

Tuesday May 21, 2013

Amanda Abbington - the long-term partner of Hollywood star Martin Freeman - has called it "mean" and upsetting that her bankruptcy woes went public.

The Mr Selfridge star, who is set to appear with Martin in a new series of BBC1 detective drama Sherlock, was declared bankrupt earlier this year over a £120,000 tax bill.

The 39-year-old, whose Hobbit star partner is said to be worth £10 million, told the Radio Times: "It's fine, it's being sorted out.

It was a big mistake and I'm sorting it out right now. It's being paid off now. I would never want to go through this again. But I'm paying it off."

The actress said: "It was just me not managing my finances properly. I was putting some money away (to pay tax), but not all of it. I was working one year and not working another year. So I was using the money I'd saved... It will be annulled in a couple of months."

Asked whether it was important for her to fix the problem on her own and not rely on her movie-star partner, she said: "Yeah…it just got out of hand. I never wanted to avoid my taxes. The thing that upset me was it's nobody's business.

"But it becomes public because they put it on something called The London Gazette and then people find out. It's mean."

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