Martin Freeman

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Martin Freeman (born 08.09.1971)
Martin Freeman is an English actor best known for his role in the BBC comedy 'The Office', the Christmas rom com 'Love Actually', sci-fi comedy 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' and Peter Jackson's Tolkien trilogy 'The Hobbit'.

Martin Freeman: Childhood
Martin Freeman was born in Aldershot, Hampshire. Geoffrey, a naval officer, and Philomena, are his parents but they separated when he was young and his father passed away when he was 10. He was raised a Roman Catholic and attended a Catholic comprehensive for getting a place at London's Central School of Speech and Drama.

Martin Freeman: Acting Career
His first notable role was in 2001 as Tim Canterbury in 'The Office'. Whilst on that show, he also appeared in Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Ali G Indahouse' and 'Love Actually'.
In 2003, he took on the role as Lord Shaftesbury in BBC mini series 'Charles II: The Power and The Passion' and, following that, appeared in the sitcom 'Hardware'.
He was in Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's zombie comedy 'Shaun of the Dead' in 2004 as well as their cop slasher flick 'Hot Fuzz' in 2007 and will appear in another of their movies, 'The World's End', in 2013.
In 2005 he starred in the BBC series 'The Robinsons' and also appeared in sci-fi comedy 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'.
In 2007 he was in the film 'The All Together' and appeared in the TV comedy 'Boy Meets Girl' and Christmas comedy 'Nativity!' in 2009.
Most recently, he was Dr. John Watson in TV series 'Sherlock' and Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's Tolkien trilogy 'The Hobbit' in 2012.

Martin Freeman: Personal Life
Martin Freeman lives in Hertfordshire with his actress wife Amanda Abbington and his son and daughter. He loves Motown music and is a lifelong vegetarian.
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29th July 2014 -

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23rd July 2014 -

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22nd July 2014 -

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10th July 2014 -

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18th June 2014 -

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27th April 2014 -

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Despite some early criticisms, Peter Jackson’s ‘Hobbit’ trilogy has provided some memorable moments in the ever-expanding Tolkien universe. With one film left, due to be released this December, a high profile name change has taken...

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Fargo regularly finds itself on the top rung of movie buffs' top lists, so when a TV adaptation was announced last year, there was obvious scepticism. Writer and showrunner Noah Hawley is the man behind...

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21st April 2014 -

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Last night UK viewers got their first look at ‘Fargo’ on the small screen as the series debuted on Channel 4. Based on the Coen brothers' 1996 movie of the same name, many didn't know...

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16th April 2014 -

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New television series Fargo premiered last night on FX, giving American audiences a first taste of the adaptation of the Coen Brothers famed 1996 dark comedy. Starring Martin Freeman ('The Hobbit') and Billy Bob Thornton...

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16th April 2014 -

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Tonight marks the premiere of FX’s new mini series ‘Fargo’, based on the Coen Brothers movie of the same name. Whilst the film has become more than worthy of the cult classic title, what exactly...

Is FX's 'Fargo' TV Series The Next BIG Thing?

15th April 2014 -

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Martin Freeman Spotted At The FX Networks Screening Of 'Fargo' - Part 1

10th April 2014 -

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More Bard Than Bilbo? What To Expect From 'The Hobbit: There And Back Again'

10th April 2014 -

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Yesterday saw the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on DVD, which leaves us free to obsessively think about the final instalment of the trilogy! The Hobbit: There and Back Again is the...

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8th April 2014 -

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Martin Freeman Lands Richard III Role In Shakespeare Play

5th April 2014 -

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Martin Freeman has followed his 'Sherlock' co-star Benedict Cumberbatch to a London stage production.The 42 year-old will play Richard III in his first ever Shakespearean role this coming summer. Freeman will play the Machiavellian King...

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20th March 2014 -

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Incredible actor! I'm glad he's got the roles of a lifetime (Dr. Watson and Bilbo Baggins). Cheers to you Mr. Freeman!

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Trillian

HELLO MARTIN FREEMAN IS HOT GOODBYE

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