Biography of Martin Freeman

Martin Freeman is known for his role in the British television series “Office” and participation in the film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in 2012.

Carier start

Martin Freeman was born on September 8, 1971 in the city of Aldershot, England. He grew up near London and among the five children in the family was the youngest. His parents divorced when he was small, and at the age of 10 he lost his father. Freeman attended the Catholic school before enrolling in the Central School of Stage Speech and Dramatic Art. At the very beginning of his career, he took part in several productions at the National Theater of London.

In 2001, the role in the television series “Office” became a career breakthrough Freeman. The series was created by Ricky Jervis and became a big hit. Freeman was very fond of the audience in the role of Tim Canterbury, a nice guy who works as a sales representative and is passionate about the company’s


Freeman has won many fans thanks to his roles in the movies. In 2003, he was part of the star cast in the romantic comedy “Real Love”. In 2005, he appeared in the film adaptation of Douglas Adams’s novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Career takeoff

Another wave of success came to Freeman along with the television series “Sherlock”, which started in 2010. In this modern interpretation of the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, he played Dr. John Watson, the main assistant of the brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes. Freeman received the BAFTA award in 2011 and was nominated for the Emmy Award in 2012 and in 2014 for his work in the series.

Freeman tries the image of another literary hero and is casting for the role of Bilbo Beggins in the film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”. The director of the film is Peter Jackson, who also directed the trilogy of the films “The Lord of the Rings”. The picture was released in December 2012. He also played the same character in two continuation films of the series “The Hobbit”:

“The Hobbit: The Wasteland of Smaug”, which became a hit in 2013; “The Hobbit: Battle of Five Hosts”, which will be released at the end of 2014. The series of films is based on a novel in the fantasy style, authored by JRR Tolkien, who also wrote the famous series of books “The Lord of the Rings”.

In 2014, Freeman starred in the American television series “Fargo”. The series is based on the film of the Coen brothers of the same name of 1996. Freeman plays a trader of insurance policies, who are confused with a dangerous vagabond. For his work in the series, Freeman was nominated for an Emmy Award. He also won the Emmy Award for the role of John Watson in the Sherlock series of PBS.

Personal life

Freeman lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his half, actress Amanda Abbington. The couple have two children.


“Acting is the only thing I’m probably good at, and I think I really know what acting is.”

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Biography of Martin Freeman