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Martin Freeman was born in 1971 in Hampshire, England, where he trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Since then has established himself as an actor in film, television and on stage.
Freeman is perhaps, best known, for his role in the original UK version of The Office as Time Canterbury. He has also become very well known for his portrayal of Dr. John Watson in BBC’s adaption of the Sherlock Holme stories, Sherlock, created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss and starring alongside Benedict Cumberbatch. For this performance he won the BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as five other awards and 7 nominations. More recently in 2014 Freeman starred in the dark comedy drama Fargo, playing the character of Lester Nygaard for 10 episodes, for this role he was nominated for 6 awards including a Golden Globe for Best Actor.
He also notably played Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jack’s The Hobbit film series, for this he won the MTV Award for Best Hero and the Empire Award for Best Actor. Freeman also appeared in Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s three part comedy film, Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007) and The World’s End (2013). He is also known for his roles in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005) and Love Actually (2003). His awards repertoire includes an Emmy Award, BAFTA, Empire Award and nominations for two Emmy’s, two BAFTA’s, a Golden Globe and a Saturn Award.
In the theatre world Freeman has performed in a number of London theatre shows over the years. He started in 1995 playing the role of Third Merchant in Volpone at the Olivier Theatre and in the same year played Young Man in Mother Courage and her Children also at the Olivier Theatre. His other theatre credits include Clybourne Park at the Royal Court theatre playing Carl and Steve, The Writer in the Last Laugh, The Exonerated at Riverside Studios and The Dispute at the Lyric Hammersmith.
In 2014 Freeman returned to the stage in Richard III at Trafalgar Studios, playing the title character in Shakespeare’s classic play, which ran from July 2014 until September 2014 and recieved 4 star reviews.
Selected London & West End Stage Appearances
|Richard III||Richard III||Trafalgar Studios||2014|
|Clybourne Park||Carl/ Steve||Royal Court||2010||Review|
|The Exonerated||Riverside Studios||2006|
|The Dispute||Azor||Lyric Hammersmith||1999|
|Mother Courage and Her Children||Young Man||Olivier||1995|