Martin Freeman Biography |
  • Martin Freeman Biography

    Born: August 09, 1971 in Hampshire, England, UK

    MARTIN FREEMAN earned an Emmy nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Dr. John Watson on the award-winning BBC television series “Sherlock.”  Freeman also won a BAFTA TV Award and received a second nomination for his work on the program, which debuted in 2010 and is now entering its third season.  

    Freeman was already familiar to television audiences for the role of Tim Canterbury on Ricky Gervais’s original hit comedy series “The Office.”  He starred for three seasons on the hugely acclaimed show, earning a BAFTA TV Award nomination and two British Comedy Award nominations for his performance.

    In “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” Freeman reprises the role he first played in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”  He will conclude his portrayal of Bilbo in next year’s “The Hobbit: There and Back Again.”  Freeman’s recent film credits also include the sci-fi comedy “The World’s End,” written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, and directed by Wright, and the independent film “Svengali.”  He also lends his voice to the animated feature “Saving Santa.” 

    Freeman has been seen in a wide range of film roles, but is perhaps best known for his comedic roles.  He starred opposite Joanna Page in the 2003 box office success “Love Actually,” followed by the horror spoof “Shaun of the Dead,” from Wright and Pegg.  He later reunited with the writing duo on the 2007 cult hit “Hot Fuzz.”  He also starred as Arthur Dent in Garth Jennings’ “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” the screen version of Douglas Adams’ best-selling book, also starring Zooey Deschanel and Sam Rockwell.  His other credits include the mockumentary “Confetti,” “Nativity!,” and the Aardman animated feature “The Pirates! Band of Misfits.”

    On stage, Freeman’s latest project was the successful West End production of “Clybourne Park” at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Dominic Cooke.  His other theatre work includes Kathy Burke’s “Kosher Harry,” at the Royal Court, and “Blue Eyes and Heels,” by Toby Whithouse, presented at the Soho Theatre, under the direction of Jonathan Lloyd.


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