Martin Freeman


Biography

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'.

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.

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.

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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Who Will Martin Freeman Play In Captain America: Civil War?


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Martin Freeman, the star of The Hobbit, Sherlock and The Office, joined the cast of Captain America: Civil War in an unknown role, according to a statement from studio Marvel. But now it seems there are a few hints floating about the internet.

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It's not much, but the writer of the original comic Mark Millar has revealed that he knows exactly who he's playing - and it's not a superhero. Or a supervillain. 'I know who he's playing in the film, but I guess it's still a secret', he teased to Radio Times. 'The character is not a super-person, it's somebody who's... well, I don't want to spoil it for anybody but he's not going to be in costume.' We're intrigued, but we still have no fresh ideas.

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Increase The Licence Fee To Save BBC Drama, Says Exiting Chief Behind 'Sherlock' And 'Poldark'


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Ben Stephenson, the outgoing controller of drama commissioning at the BBC, has said the licence fee needs to be increased, or the broadcaster will be forced to slash its drama output. In his farewell interview with the Radio Times, Stephenson, who helped bring shows such as ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Doctor Who’ to British screens, described the BBC as being at a "tipping point” thanks to the licence fee cap.

SherlockBen Stephenson was responsible for bringing ‘Sherlock’ to British TV screens.

Currently the licence fee paid by British television owners is capped at 2010's price of £145.50 until 31 March 2017, but thanks to inflation Stephenson says the cap is effectively a cut to the BBC's budget. "It really can't keep cutting... And the truth is the market isn't going to fill the gap," he told the Radio Times.

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Fifth Time Unlucky Benedict, As Cumberbatch Loses Out On TV BAFTA Again


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Benedict Cumberbatch has once again lost out on a best actor award at the television BAFTAs, held on Sunday night in London. The actor was beaten by Jason Watkins who won for his portrayal of the title character in ITV's 'The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies'.

Benedict CumberbatchThere was no BAFTA for Benedict on Sunday.

Cumberbatch is a five time BAFTA nominee, having been nominated three times for his performance as Sherlock Holmes in 2011, 2012 and 2015. The actor was also recognised in 2004 for 'Hawking' and picked up a best supporting actor nod in 2009 for ‘Small Island’.

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'Captain America: Civil War': Marvel Announces Cast & Plot Synopsis


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Marvel has announced the cast of Captain America: Civil War and it looks like pretty much everyone from the Avengers world will return alongside Chris Evans as Steve Rogers. The news was announced by Marvel on Thursday (7th May).

The AvengersChris Evans' Captain America will lead the Avengers team in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.

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Martin Freeman Joins Cast Of Marvel's 'Captain America: Civil War'


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Having already comprehensively nailed the art of portraying literary characters on the small and big screens, British actor Martin Freeman has set his sights on the world of comic books with the announcement that he has been added to the cast of Captain America: Civil War.

The 43 year old actor has gained worldwide recognition for his extremely popular depiction of Dr John Watson in the BBC’s newest adaptation of ‘Sherlock’ alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, and for his role as Bilbo Baggins in ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy. Now, he’s entering the Marvel universe, according to the part-Disney-owned Marvel studios on Tuesday.

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Steven Moffat: 'Doctor Who' Movie & 'Sherlock' Crossover Are Not On The Cards


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Steven Moffat, the head writer on Doctor Who, has explained there are no plans for a Doctor Who movie. Moffat explained there is simply no way the project is feasible, not only from a financial point of view but in terms of creating a film which will be on a large enough scale to match the show's enormous cultural impact.

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Doctor Who currently stars Jenna Coleman as the assistant to Peter Capaldi's Doctor.

Read More: Steven Moffat Promises Sherlock Season 4 Will Include "Emotional Upheaval".

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Steven Moffat Promises 'Sherlock' Season 4 Will Include "Emotional Upheaval"


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Steven Moffat, in a recent interview, has revealed some details of the upcoming fourth season of Sherlock. Although neither Moffat nor his co-creator Mark Gatiss have started writing the series, Moffat promised Sherlock series four will be "enjoyable and fun" but also include "emotional upheaval".

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Benedict Cumberbatch stars in Sherlock.

Read More: New Sherlock Special to Be Set in Victorian England.

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman - Benedict Cumberbatch and the cast of 'Sherlock' film the annual Christmas special in London - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 7th February 2015

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Picture - Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman... London United Kingdom, Saturday 7th February 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman - Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman film a scene for the 'Sherlock' christmas special in London - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 7th February 2015

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Martin Freeman Says 'Sherlock' Would Lose Sheen with New Episodes


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Martin Freeman, who plays John Watson in the BBC's critically acclaimed Sherlock, says the show could lose some of its sheen if the corporation keeps making new seasons. A fourth outing of the show will hit screens next year and there is a planned Christmas special at the end of 2015.

SherlockMartin Freeman plays Watson in the BBC's critically acclaimed Sherlock

However, Freeman is cautious of Sherlock overkill and suggests creating new shows every year may be too much.

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Martin Freeman: Regular 'Sherlock' Episodes Would Lose The Appeal


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Fans may disagree, but Martin Freeman thinks that 'Sherlock' hitting screens in brief spells is a good thing when it comes to its appeal, as it's not easy to get bored of a show that only comes around for a few weeks a year.

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[L-R] Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman to return to 'Sherlock' this year

'Sherlock', starring Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as a modern Sherlock Holmes, is one of the BBC's most loved shows, but even though it started back in 2010, there have only been nine episodes across three series so far, plus the 2013 Christmas mini-episode. The next instalment will arrive at Christmas, despite the fact that's it's already been a whole year since the last one.

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Golden Globes 2015 - A Reminder Of The Nominees


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Awards season is now picking up a head of steam, with the Golden Globes just around the corner. The ceremony is being broadcast on Sunday January 11th on NBC at 7pm, so here’s a little reminder of the front runners.

The nominations for 72nd edition of the annual awards show were announced on December 11th. The Michael Keaton-starring Birdman received the most film nominations with seven, including Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy category), Best Director and Best Performance for an Actor.

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Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, leads the way in the Golden Globes nominations with seven. The ceremony is on Sunday night.

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'The Hobbit' Star Martin Freeman Reveals 'Kinship' With Second Home New Zealand


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It seems the public are not ready to let go of 'The Hobbit' just yet as it continues to triumph at the box office, topping sales yet again for a third week. Meanwhile, Martin Freeman laments leaving his adopted home of New Zealand.

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Martin Freeman felt right at home during 'The Hobbit' filming

Peter Jackson's Middle-Earth franchise finally came to an end with the release of third 'Hobbit' movie 'The Battle of the Five Armies'. Three weeks on, and it still reins at the top of the box office with initial sales of $21.9 million in the first weekend, and while it may not be quite the end for fans still enjoying the spectacular conclusion, the cast and crew made their bittersweet farewells some time ago; farewell to each other, farewell to their magnificent film sets and farewell to the stunningly sprawling landscape of New Zealand and its 'friendly' inhabitants.

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Martin Freeman's Bilbo Baggins Meets Tim Canterbury In SNL's 'The Office: Middle Earth'


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Martin Freeman's acting career has been just as much an unpredictable a journey as his character Bilbo Baggins' Middle Earth quest in 'The Hobbit' series, but can you imagine his two most iconic roles joining together?

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Martin Freeman unites The Office with The Hobbit

That's just what 'Saturday Night Live' did when the British actor took to guest hosting the show on Saturday (December 13th 2014). Before he stormed US film and TV with Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' and the FX series adaptation of the Coen brothers' 'Fargo', Martin Freeman was arguably best known for his likeable role as Tim Canterbury in Ricky Gervais' sitcom 'The Office'. So what happens when you put an ordinary office environment in Middle Earth?

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The Hobbit Brings Peter Jackson's Saga Full Circle


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With 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies', Peter Jackson has completed a second trilogy of films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novels 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord Of The Rings'. But fans are wondering if he might have one more trilogy up his sleeve, as Tolkien wrote plenty more material about Middle Earth, including the novel 'The Silmarillion', short stories and more appendices and indices.

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Martin Freeman stars as The Hobbit in 'The Hobbit' trilogy. 

Jackson has already expanded 'The Hobbit' from a meandering little road trip into a massive battle trilogy using some of Tolkien's extra material, but the issue going forward is that the Tolkien estate owns everything that isn't contained in the 'Hobbit' or 'Rings' books, and they're apparently not happy with what Jackson did with The Hobbit.

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