Amanda Abbington claims her handbag was stolen when she went to collect her Emmy award.

The 42-year-old actress had joined her castmates in accepting the accolade for Outstanding Television Movie for Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, but when she returned to her seat in the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, her belongings were no longer there.

Abbington - who has two children with her Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman - even waited until everyone had left the building after the show to check it hadn't been handed in to staff by mistake.

When a Twitter user suggested it could have accidentally been kicked away from her chair and then given to staff, she replied: "No, I hung around until everyone had left the auditorium. Nothing there."


Emmy Awards producers hire seat fillers to take up empty chairs during the ceremony, but it is unclear whether or not Abbington's was occupied when she took to the stage.

- Bang! Showbiz