Martin Freeman biography

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Martin Freeman

Date of Birth: September 8, 1971

Born in Aldershot, Hampshire, England, Martin Freeman is a graduate of the Central School of Speech and Drama. He shot to fame on both sides of the Atlantic when he played office worker Tim Canterbury in the BBC's hit sitcom The Office (2001 to 2003).

From there, he went on to play supporting roles in feature films such as Love Actually (2003) and Shaun of the Dead (2004), then landed the starring role as Arthur Dent in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), also featuring Zooey Deschanel and Bill Nighy.

Other television credits include playing Lord Shaftesbury in the miniseries Charles II (2003), regular roles in the TV series Bruiser (2000), World of Pub (2000) and Hardware (2003 to 2004), as well as roles in the TV movies Men Only (2001) and Margery and Gladys (2003). He also played Dr. Watson in the series Sherlock (2010 to 2012) and voiced the character of The Pirate with a Scarf in the 2012 animated film The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

His biggest role to date is as young Bilbo Baggins in the highly-anticipated 2012 feature The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. He also reprised his role in the trilogy's next two installments, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).

Martin, who is has two children with his longtime girlfriend, British actress Amanda Abbington, lives in London, England.

Martin Freeman Filmography

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  169 min.
Release Date: December 14, 2012
DVD: March 19, 2013

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Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy, Barry Humphries, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Adam Brown, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Manu Bennett, Conan Stevens

Inspiration: Filming in New Zealand