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Martin Freeman is an English actor, known for portraying Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit film trilogy, Tim Canterbury in the original UK version of sitcom mockumentary The Office (2001), Dr. John Watson in the British crime drama Sherlock (2010) and Lester Nygaard in the dark comedy-crime drama TV series Fargo (2014).
Interesting Facts about Martin Freeman
- Attended the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England.
- Is the youngest of five children of Geoffrey and Philomena Freeman.
- Has two children with longtime ex-partner Amanda Abbington (Summer 2000 – Spring 2016): Joseph (born 2006) and Grace (born 2008).
- Shares the same last name coincidentally with Morgan Freeman also both are left-handed.
- Born the same day as David Arquette.
- Didn’t get his driving license until 2016. It’s rumored he went and got it so he could drive in Start Up, but the real reason is unknown. Amanda Abbington, Martin’s long term ex-partner, tweeted letting everyone know Martin finally got his driving license after years of not having one. During Series 2 Episode 2 of Sherlock, The Hounds of Baskerville, Benedict Cumberbatch had to drive because Martin hadn’t gotten his license yet.
- Comes from an artistic family: older brother, Tim Freeman, was in the 1980s art-pop group, Frazier Chorus; another brother, Jamie Freeman, is a musician and website designer; cousin Ben Norris is a stand-up comic.
- After his parents divorced, he lived with his father. After his father died (when Martin was ten), he moved back in with his mother and stepfather James.
- Has appeared with Bill Nighy in Shaun of the Dead (2004), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Hot Fuzz (2007), Wild Target (2010), Love Actually (2003) and The World’s End (2013). He and Nighy have also both played hobbits. Nighy played “Sam Gamgee” opposite Ian Holm’s “Frodo” in the BBC Radio drama of “The Lord of the Rings”. Freeman plays the younger version of Holm’s “Bilbo” in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).
- Birthday is four days before that of Ian Holm, who preceded him in the role of Bilbo Baggins.
- Attended Salesian School, a Catholic secondary school in Chertsey, Surrey.
- One episode of Sherlock (2010) was based on “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” A previous film adaptation of the story, The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) featured André Morell as Dr. Watson. It also featured John Le Mesurier, who preceded him in the role of Bilbo. In another Tolkien connection, Morell subsequently played Elrond in The Lord of the Rings (1978).
Personal Quotes by Martin Freeman
I think I’m less gloomy than I used to be – I’ve got a very supportive other half.- Martin Freeman
I don’t want to sound like a grumpy old man, but nothing winds me up more than people saying, ‘Chill out’ to me when I’m irritated!- Martin Freeman
Disappointment is an endless wellspring of comedy inspiration.- Martin Freeman
I’m a big believer that life changes as much as you want it to.- Martin Freeman
Don’t get me wrong – I’m a big fan of things American – but when American people do British stuff, it’s so universally dreadful.- Martin Freeman