Martin Freeman

Last updated on the 29 June 2024 by Maeve

Martin Freeman

Mini Biography

Born: September 8, 1971, Aldershot, Hampshire, England.

Martin Freeman’s early life was marked by a passion for acting, which he discovered at a young age. Growing up in a family of performers, he was exposed to the world of theatre from an early age. He attended the Salesian School in Chertsey, Surrey, where he participated in school plays and developed his acting skills. This early exposure laid the foundation for his future success.

After completing his education, Freeman pursued his acting career with determination. He made his professional acting debut in the mid-1990s, gaining recognition for his stage performances in productions like “Romeo and Juliet” and “Blessed”.

One of Freeman’s career highlights came in 2001 when he starred in the critically acclaimed television series “The Office.” His portrayal of Tim Canterbury, a lovable and relatable character, earned him widespread praise and established him as a talented comedic actor. This role propelled him to international fame and opened doors for him to showcase his versatility in various genres.

Freeman’s career continued to flourish with performances in films such as “Love Actually,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” and “Hot Fuzz.” However, it was his portrayal of Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit” trilogy that solidified his status as a leading actor. His performance captured the essence of the beloved character, earning him critical acclaim and a loyal fan base.

His portrayal of Dr. John Watson in the crime drama series “Sherlock” further established his reputation.

In addition to various other achievements, Martin Freeman has been honoured with an Emmy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

In addition to his acting prowess, Martin Freeman is known for his philanthropic endeavours. He has supported various charitable causes, including campaigns to end poverty and raise awareness about mental health issues.


BAFTA award


WINNER|Television: Supporting Actor for Sherlock (2011)


Suggested viewing
Sherlock (2010)

Sherlock poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 9.1

“Sherlock” is a television series that brings the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes into the modern era. With his brilliant mind and sharp observations, Holmes, along with his loyal friend John Watson, solves intricate mysteries in contemporary London. The series captivates viewers with its thrilling cases, complex characters and the unique dynamic between Holmes and Watson.

Top cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves, Louise Brealey, Mark Gatiss, Andrew Scott, Vinette Robinson, Amanda Abington.


Micro Men (2009)

Micro Men poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 7.4

“Micro Men” is a television drama that tells the true story of the rivalry between British computer pioneers Clive Sinclair and Chris Curry during the 1980s. The film explores their fierce competition in the home computer market, showcasing their ambition, innovation and the technological revolution they helped to shape.

Top cast: Alexander Armstrong, Martin Freeman, Edward Baker-Duly, Sam Phillips, Stefan Butler, Colin Michael Carmichael, Amy Beth Hayes, Peter Davison, James Fleet.


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

An Unexpected Journey Martin Freeman

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.8

A peaceful hobbit is recruited by a wizard and a band of dwarves on a perilous quest to reclaim a mountain kingdom from a fearsome dragon. Their journey takes them through treacherous lands filled with trolls, goblins and giant spiders, forcing the hobbit to find unexpected courage and resourcefulness within himself.

Top cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellenaa, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter.


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.8

The hobbit and his dwarf companions face new dangers as they journey east. They encounter a powerful shapeshifter, navigate a treacherous forest filled with giant spiders and evade capture by elves. Finally reaching the dragon’s lair, they must confront the monstrous Smaug, risking everything to reclaim their lost kingdom.

Top cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O’Gorman, Aidan Turner.


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.4

In the epic conclusion of a legendary journey, a fierce battle erupts as armies clash over a mountain of treasure. Heroes and villains face their destinies, alliances shift nd courage is tested. Amidst chaos and loss, a new era dawns, marking the end of one era and the beginning of another.

Top cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O’Gorman, Aidan Turner.


The Office (2003)

The Office 2

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.5

“The Office” is a mockumentary sitcom that follows the lives of office employees at Wernham Hogg paper company. Led by the bumbling and awkward manager David Brent, the series captures the mundane and humorous aspects of office life, filled with cringe-worthy moments, office politics and a heavy dose of British wit.

Top cast: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis, Oliver Chris, Patrick Baladi, Stacey Roca, Ralph Ineson.


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.7

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” is based on the science fiction comedy books by Douglas Adams. It follows the misadventures of Arthur Dent, an ordinary human who is swept off Earth just before its destruction. With his alien friend Ford Prefect, they embark on a cosmic journey encountering bizarre creatures, intergalactic bureaucracy and the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything.

Top cast: Martin Freeman, Zooey Deschanel, Sam Rockwell, Yasiin Bey, Stephen Fry, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Anna Chancellor, Bill Bailey.


Hardware (2003)

Hardware poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.8

Amidst the tools and hardware of Hamway’s Hardware Store, Mike, Kenny, Steve and Rex find themselves entangled in a world of self-proclaimed expertise, idle banter and thinly veiled contempt for DIY novices.

Top cast: Martin Freeman, Peter Serafinowicz, Ken Morley, Ryan Cartwright, Susan Earl, Ella Kenion, Peter Heppelthwaite, Tony Way.


Breeders (2020)

Breeders poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.6

Juggling careers, aging parents and the chaos of two young children, a couple navigates the hilarious and frustrating realities of parenthood. Their patience is tested as they grapple with meltdowns, teenage angst and the ever-present urge to scream into the void, yet their love for their family shines through the mayhem.

Top cast: Martin Freeman, Daisy Haggard, George Wakeman, Jayda Eyles, Michael McKean, Stella Gonet, Joanna Bacon, Alun Armstrong.


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