Martin Freeman

With a knack for milking comedy gold out of awkward situations, English actor Martin Freeman became a mainstay on the BBC prior to expanding his work to international film. After a number of years spent paying his dues ... Read more »
Born: 09/08/1971 in Aldershot, Hampshire, GB

Filmography

Actor (37)

Sherlock 2010 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Fargo 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Saturday Night Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Host

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014 (Movie)

Bilbo (Actor)

The Voorman Problem 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Williams (Actor)

Saving Santa 2013 (Movie)

Bernard D. Elf (Voice)

The Graham Norton Show 2001 - 2002, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 (Movie)

Bilbo (Actor)

The World's End 2013 (Movie)

Oliver Chamberlain (Actor)

Animals 2012 (Movie)

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Svengali 2012 (Movie)

Don (Actor)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 (Movie)

Bilbo (Actor)

The Pirates! Band of Misfits 2012 (Movie)

The Pirate with a Scarf (Voice)

Swinging with the Finkels 2011 (Movie)

Alvin (Actor)

What's Your Number? 2011 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

Wild Target 2010 (Movie)

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Nativity! 2009 (Movie)

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Rembrandt's J'Accuse 2009 (Movie)

Rembrandt (Actor)

Dedication 2007 (Movie)

Jeremy (Actor)

Hot Fuzz 2007 (Movie)

Metropolitan Police Sergeant (Actor)

Nightwatching 2007 (Movie)

Rembrandt van Rijn (Actor)

The All Together 2007 (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

The Good Night 2007 (Movie)

Gary Sheller (Actor)

Breaking and Entering 2006 (Movie)

Sandy (Actor)

Confetti 2006 (Movie)

Matt Norris (Actor)

The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy 2005 (Movie)

Arthur Dent (Actor)

The Office Special 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Pride 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Shaun of the Dead 2004 (Movie)

Declan (Actor)

Ali G Indahouse 2003 (Movie)

Ricky C (Actor)

Love Actually 2003 (Movie)

John (Actor)

The Office (BBC) 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Low Down 2001 (Movie)

Solomon (Actor)

Black Books (UK) 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Eichmann Show (TV Show)

Actor

The Last King (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

With a knack for milking comedy gold out of awkward situations, English actor Martin Freeman became a mainstay on the BBC prior to expanding his work to international film. After a number of years spent paying his dues with minor parts, Freeman broke out as the prank-loving Tim Canterbury on Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's hit sitcom "The Office" (BBC 1/BBC 2, 2001-03). The increasingly popular actor jumped to the big screen, first with a supporting role in the ensemble romance "Love Actually" (2003), followed by the lead in the inspired adaptation of the cult classic novel "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (2005). An exceptionally prolific period followed, during which Freeman divided his time between television work and appearances in such films as the action-comedy "Hot Fuzz" (2007). The actor garnered more acclaim than ever before when he was cast in the role of Dr. John Watson on the modernized interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic creation "Sherlock" (BBC 1, 2010- ) opposite Benedict Cumberbatch as the eccentric super-sleuth. Freeman's scored his biggest role yet as the diminutive Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (2012), the first in another trilogy based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. While known for his comedic acumen, Freeman's everyman appeal and impressive range made him one of the more sought after British imports of his day.

Relationships

Amanda Abbington Actor

Companion
Met 2000 on the set of Channel 4's "Men Only" Appeared together in British series "The Robinsons" and the film "The All Together" (2007)

Joe Freeman

Son
Born 2005; mother, Amanda Abbington

Grace Freeman

Daughter
Born 2009; mother, Amanda Abbington

Geoff Norris

Father

Philomena Norris

Mother

EDUCATION

Central School of Speech and Drama

London , England

Salesian School

Chertsey , Surrey

Milestones

2012

Voiced the Pirate with a Scarf in the animated adventure "Pirates! Band of Misfits"

2012

Cast as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's epic fantasy "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien

2010

Cast as Dr. John Watson in "Sherlock," the BBC contemporary adaptation of the detective stories

2009

Starred in the four -part British series "Boy Meets Girl" (ITV)

2007

Co-starred with Gwyneth Paltrow and Danny DeVito in "The Good Night," written and directed by Jake Paltrow

2007

Appeared in "Hot Fuzz," a film written by "Shaun of the Dead" writers Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

2007

Played a frustrated TV producer in the comedy "The All Together"

2006

Landed supporting role in Anthony Minghella's "Breaking and Entering"

2005

Starred on the British TV comedy series "The Robinsons" (BBC)

2005

Played the lead role of Arthur Dent in the feature adaptation of "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy"

2004

Made cameo in "Shaun of the Dead" as Yvonne's boyfriend Declan

2003

Joined an ensemble cast for Richard Curtis' "Love Actually"

2003

Offered a dramatic turn as Lord Shaftesbury in the BBC historical drama "Charles II: The Power and The Passion"

2003

Starred in the British sitcom "Hardware" (ITV)

2002

Appeared with Sacha Baron Cohen in "Ali G Indahouse"

2001

Breakthrough role as salesman Tim Canterbury in the original British version of "The Office" (BBC)

2001

Collaborated with comedians Kevin Eldon and Phil Cornwell on the series "World of Pub"

2000

Played a bumbling drug dealer in the television version of "Lock, Stock..."

1997

Made his television debut in a small role in the second series of "This Life"

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