Freeman during filming of Sherlock in 2010
|Born||Martin John Christopher Freeman
8 September 1971
Aldershot, Hampshire, England
|Alma mater||Central School of Speech and Drama|
|Awards||BAFTA TV – Best Supporting Actor for Sherlock (2011)|
Martin John Christopher Freeman (born 8 September 1971) is an English actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Tim Canterbury in The Office, Dr. Watson in Sherlock, and Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film trilogy.
Martin Freeman was born in Aldershot, Hampshire, the youngest of five children. His parents, Philomena (née Norris) and Geoffrey Freeman, a naval officer, separated when Freeman was a child, and when Freeman was ten, Geoffrey died of a heart attack. Freeman was raised in a Roman Catholic family and attended the Salesian School, Chertsey before attending Brooklands College for media studies. His elder brother Tim became a musician with the group Frazier Chorus.
Although his family was not strict in their religious practices, his religion had a profound influence on him. As a child, he was asthmatic, and had to undergo a hip operation due to a dodgy leg.
Freeman joined a youth theatre group at 15, but it was not until he was 17 that his confidence in his acting led to the decision to pursue it as a career. He went on to attend the Central School of Speech and Drama. Freeman has appeared in at least 18 TV shows, 14 theatre productions, and several radio productions. He is notable for his role as Tim Canterbury in The Office. He appeared in the sitcom Hardware. He also appeared in several films, including Sacha Baron Cohen's Ali G Indahouse (2002) and Richard Curtis' Love Actually (2003).
He began to move into more serious dramatic roles on television with his appearance as Lord Shaftesbury in the 2003 BBC historical drama Charles II: The Power and The Passion. He can also be seen making a brief appearance in the first episode of the second series of This Life. Freeman also starred in the BBC television series The Robinsons and had a cameo in episode 1 of Black Books. In 2007, he appeared in The All Together written and directed by Gavin Claxton, as well as the Bill Kenwright theatre production of The Last Laugh. He is featured in the video for Faith No More's cover of "I Started a Joke".
He currently plays Dr. John Watson in Sherlock, the BBC contemporary adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes detective stories. The first episode, "A Study in Pink", was broadcast on 25 July 2010 to critical acclaim. For his performance in the role he won the BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actor, 2011 and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. He accepted the role of Bilbo Baggins, the main character in the three-part Peter Jackson film series The Hobbit.
Freeman appeared in all three of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, commencing with a brief non-speaking role in Shaun of the Dead as Yvonne's boyfriend, Declan, followed by a brief cameo in Hot Fuzz as a police officer. He is a main cast member in the 2013 finale to the trilogy, The World's End.
On the 5th of October, in 2013, he was presented with a fellowship bearing his name by the members of University College Dublin's Literary & Historical Society.
Freeman lives in Hertfordshire with his partner, actress Amanda Abbington, whom he met on the set of Channel 4’s Men Only in 2000. The couple have a son and daughter, and have since appeared in other productions together, including Swinging with the Finkels, The Debt, The Robinsons, and The All Together. In an edition of Who Do You Think You Are? aired on 19 August 2009, he discovered that his grandfather, Leonard Freeman, was a medic who was killed a couple of days before the Dunkirk evacuation at the beginning of World War II. Leonard's father Richard was born blind and had been a piano tuner and organist at St Andrew's Church, West Tarring and later a music teacher in Kingston upon Hull.
A lifelong fan of Motown music, Freeman interviewed Smokey Robinson for an edition of The Culture Show aired in October 2009. Freeman is a vegetarian. He has struggled with religion, stating "My relationship with my belief has never been easy. Me and God have always been like this."
|1998||I Just Want to Kiss You||Frank||Short film|
|2000||The Low Down||Solomon|
|2001||Round About Five||The Man|
|2002||Ali G Indahouse||Ricky C|
|2004||Blake's Junction 7||Vila||Short film|
|Shaun of the Dead||Declan||Cameo|
|2005||The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||Arthur Dent|
|Breaking and Entering||Sandy|
|The Good Night||Gary Shaller|
|Hot Fuzz||Met. Sergeant|
|Lonely Hearts||The pig||Short film|
|The All Together||Chris Ashworth|
|2008||Rembrandt's J'Accuse||Rembrandt||Documentary (related to the previous year's Nightwatching)|
|HIV: The Musical||James McKenzie||Awaiting release|
|Swinging with the Finkels||Alvin Finkel|
|2011||What's Your Number?||Simon|
|2012||The Pirates! Band of Misfits||The Pirate with a Scarf/Number 2||Voice|
|The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Bilbo Baggins|
|2013||The World's End||Oliver Chamberlain|
|The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug||Bilbo Baggins||Post-Production |
|2014||The Hobbit: There and Back Again||Bilbo Baggins||Post-Production|
|1997||The Bill||Craig Parnell||Episode 13.3: "Mantrap"|
|This Life||Stuart||Episode 2.1: "Last Tango in Southwark"|
|1998||Casualty||Ricky Beck||Episode 13.8: "She Loved the Rain"|
|Picking up the Pieces||Brendan||Episode 1.7|
|2000||Bruiser||Various characters||Appeared in all six episodes|
|Lock, Stock...||Jaap||Appeared in two episodes|
|Black Books||Doctor||Episode 1.1: "Cooking the Books"|
|2001||Men Only||Jamie||TV film|
|World of Pub||Various characters||Appeared in five episodes|
|2001–2003||The Office||Tim Canterbury||Appeared in all 14 episodes|
|2002||Helen West||Unknown||Episode 1.2: "Shadow Play"|
|Linda Green||Matt||Episode 2.8: "Easy Come, Easy Go"|
|2003||The Debt||Terry Ross||TV film|
|Margery and Gladys||D.S. Stringer||TV film|
|Charles II: The Power and The Passion||Lord Shaftesbury||TV mini-series|
|2005||The Robinsons||Ed Robinson||Appeared in all six episodes|
|2007||Comedy Showcase||Greg Wilson||Special 1.1: Other People|
|The Old Curiosity Shop||Mr. Codlin||TV film|
|2008||When Were We Funniest?||Himself||Appeared in four episodes|
|2009||Boy Meets Girl||Danny Reed||TV mini-series|
|Micro Men||Chris Curry||TV film|
|2010–present||Sherlock||Dr. John Watson||All 10 episodes, including the unaired pilot|
|2010||The Girl is Mime||Clive Buckle; lead actor||Short film, part of the 48 Hour Film Project in London|
Awards and nominations
|2002||The Office||British Comedy Awards||Best Comedy Actor||Nominated|
|2004||The Office (for "The Office Christmas Specials")||BAFTAs||Best Comedy Performance||Nominated|
|British Comedy Awards||Best TV Comedy Actor||Nominated|
|Love Actually||Phoenix Film Critics Society||Best Cast||Nominated|
|Hardware||Rose d'Or||Best Male Comedy Performance||Won|
|2011||Sherlock||BAFTAs||Best Supporting Actor||Won|
|Sherlock (for "A Scandal in Belgravia")||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie||Nominated|
|Sherlock (for "A Scandal in Belgravia")||Gold Derby TV Awards||TV Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actor||Won|
|Sherlock||Crime Thriller Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Won|
|Sherlock||PAAFTJ Awards||Best Cast in a Miniseries or TV Movie||Won|
|Sherlock||PAAFTJ Awards||Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie||Nominated|
|The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Total Film Hotlist Awards||Hottest Actor||Nominated|
|2013||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Empire Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Saturn Award||Best Actor||Nominated|
|The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||MTV Movie Awards||Best Scared-as-S**t Performance||Nominated|
|The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||MTV Movie Awards||Best Hero||Won|
|The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||SFX Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Shorts Awards||Visionary Actor||Won|
|The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||New Zealand Movie Awards||Hero of the Year||Nominated|
|The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Constellation Awards||Best Male Performance In A 2012 Science Fiction Film, TV Movie, Or Mini-Series||Nominated|
|The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Tumblr Movie Awards||Best Leading Actor||Nominated|
|The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Tumblr Movie Awards||Best Ship||Nominated|
|Sherlock||National Television Awards||TV Detective||Pending|
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