British funnyman Martin Freeman has devastated fans by announcing his plans to quit comedy for good.

The star shot to fame in hit British TV comedy The Office, and has garnered international acclaim as ARTHUR DENT in amusing new sci-fi movie THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY.

But despite his success in the genre, Freeman insists he's desperate for a serious role to help him lose his funnyman reputation.

He explains, "One can only hope for a part as a paedophile child killer to break out of it. So it's now just a question of moving away from comedy and going for something a bit straighter.

"Although I love comedy, my background isn't in comedy. I don't want to do novelty comedies for too long. But it's just going to look like I'm trying to validate myself if I play something like a child killer.

"That would be like, "Look, I can do this as well mum." So the part would have to be carefully chosen."

03/05/2005 03:02