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Martin Christopher Freeman is a popular English actor

InformationDetail
BirthdaySeptember 8, 1971
NationalityBritish
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actors
SpousesAmanda Abbington
SiblingsBenedict Freeman, Jamie Freeman, Laura Freeman, Tim Freeman
Known asMartin John Christopher Freeman
Childrens Grace Freeman, Joe Freeman
Universities
  • Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Salesian School
  • Chertsey
  • Cardinal Newman High School
Birth PlaceAldershot, Hampshire, England, UK
ReligionCatholicism
Height169cm
GenderMale
FatherGeoffrey Freeman
MotherPhilomena Freeman
Net Worth15 million as of jan 2017
Sun SignVirgo
Born inAldershot, Hampshire, England, UK
Famous asActor

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Who is Martin Freeman?

Martin Christopher Freeman is a popular English actor. He is best known for his performances as Dr. Watson in the TV series ‘Sherlock’ and as Bilbo Baggins in the film trilogy ‘The Hobbit’. Martin took interest in theatre at the age of fifteen but decided to pursue acting as a career when he was seventeen. He studied in a performing arts school and has ever since worked in numerous TV shows and films. He began his career in the film industry in 1998. Some of his acclaimed performances have come in the British drama series ‘The Office’ and the dark-comedy and crime TV show ‘Fargo’. Many of his movies have been blockbusters and have made great collections at the box office such as ‘Love Actually’, ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, ‘Nativity’ and ‘The World’s End’. In a career of over two decades, he has been nominated and won several awards including the prestigious ‘Primetime Emmy Award’ in 2014.

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Childhood & Early Life

Martin John Christopher Freeman was born on 8th September 1971 to Philomena Norris and Geoffrey Freeman at Hamshire, England. He is the youngest of five siblings.

He belongs to a Roman Catholic family of English and Irish ancestry. His family was close-knit until his parents divorced when he was a toddler.

After his parents’ separation, he lived with his father until his father’s death in 1981. His father died of a cardiac arrest and so he moved back in with his mother and step-father, James.

Martin grew up alongside his three older brothers and sister. Most of his family later established a career in the entertainment industry. His brother, Tim Freeman, became a pop-artist, while another brother, Jamie Freeman, is now a musician.

Martin attended Salesian School, Chertsey, and was a member of the British National Squash Squad until he was fourteen years old. He soon took a liking for the entertainment industry like his elder siblings and ended up enrolling in the ‘Central School of Speech and Drama’ when he was fifteen.

However, he wasn’t sure of his potential as an actor until he was seventeen years old. His passion drove him to seek admission in Brooklands College. He eventually graduated from college with a degree in Media Studies.

Early Acting Career

He made his first television appearance in the 1997 show ‘The Bill’ as Craig Parnell in the episode ‘Mantrap’. Offers began flooding in for him the same year and he was seen playing guest roles in the TV shows ‘This Life’ and ‘Casualty’.

In 1998, he played Frank in a short film called ‘I Just Want to Kiss You’ and also made another appearance on television in the series ‘Picking up the Pieces’ as Brendan.

After doing a few more short films, he managed to bag a recurring role in the comedy sketch show ‘Bruiser’, wherein he played various characters.

In 2001, he was cast as Jamie in the television film ‘Men Only’ and landed his first prominent role in the British mockumentary sitcom ‘The Office’.

An Established Primetime TV & Film Star

In 2003, he bagged several television roles including the TV films ‘Margery and Gladys’ and ‘Hardwar’. His film career flourished simultaneously and he played a cameo in the movie ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and portrayed the character Arthur Dent in the comic sci-fi ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’.

His career in the film industry saw a leap in 2006. He was signed on for major roles in several hit films including ‘Confetti’, ‘Breaking and Entering’, Justin Theroux’s ‘Dedication’ and the documentary ‘Rembrandt’s J’Accuse’.

Not forgoing his television roots, he starred as Mr. Codlin in the TV film ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’ and played the lead role of Chris Curry in the TV drama ‘Micro Men’ alongside Alexander Armstrong.

The year 2010 happened to be his luckiest year as he signed the role of Dr. John Watson in the televised English crime drama ‘Sherlock’. His performance in this role has by far been his most acclaimed and awarded work till present day.

Freeman was signed on for the lead role in the epic high fantasy adventure film and triology ‘The Hobbit’ in 2012. His stellar performance as Bilbo Baggins in the film was critically applauded worldwide.

He went on to play the same character in the film’s sequel, ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ and ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies’ the following two years.

In 2014, he also took on the main role of Lester Nygaard in the dark humoured crime-drama ‘Fargo’ as well as hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’.

Recent Work

In 2015, he acted in another television movie titled ‘The Eichmann Show’ as Milton Fruchtman. The same year he voiced Reverend Parris in the stop motion sketch comedy ‘Robot Chicken’.

He narrated the story of ‘Tubby Hayes: A Man in A Hurry’ in the documentary film, and ended up playing the marvel comic character Everett K. Ross in the 2016 film ‘Captain America: Civil War’. He will play the character of Everett even in the 2018 superhero film ‘Black Panther’.

Freeman is also cast as an FBI agent, Phil Rask, in the American television series ‘Startup’ in a lead role. He is currently working on the show’s second season since January, 2017. He also starred in the 2017 TV film ‘Carnage – Swallowing The Past’ as Jeff.

Major Work

The TV series ‘Sherlock’ received humongous acclaim from its first season in 2010. Freeman’s performance in the series was praised by critic Victoria Thorpe who termed his portrayal as Dr. Watson “dependable” by adding finesse to the plot.

Martin is recognised globally for his portrayal of the lead character Bilbo Baggins in the mythical Triology ‘The Hobbit’. In fact, Kate Muir from ‘The Times’ rated the movie four out of five stars, while Empire’s Dan Jolin credited Freeman’s performance as being true to his character, further igniting interest for the movie’s sequels.

Awards & Achievements

Freeman received his first award in 2004 from the ‘Washington DC Area Film Critics Association’ for the film ‘Love Actually’ and the same year he also took home the award for ‘Best Male Comedy Performance’ for his role in the British sitcom ‘Hardware’ at the ‘Rose d’Or’ Award function.

In 2011, he was nominated for a ‘Primetime Emmy Award’ in the category of ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie’ for Dr. Watson in ‘Sherlock’, but went on to win the same in 2014.

He took home the ‘MTV Best Hero Award’, ‘Empire Award’ in the category of ‘Best Actor’ and a ‘Stellar Best Actor Award’ for the film ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ in 2013.

Personal Life & Legacy

Even though he comes from a Roman Catholic family, his parents didn’t ever impose religious practices on him. As a child he suffered from chronic asthma and even underwent a hip surgery for what he describes as a “dodgy leg”.

Freeman has been linked with actress Amanda Abbington since 2000. The couple lived together in Hertfordshire for over a decade. However, his affair with his long-time partner ended in the spring of 2016. He has two children with her. His son, Joe, was born in 2006 followed by a daughter, Grace, in 2008.

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Martin Freeman awards

YearNameAward

Primetime Emmy Awards

2014Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieSherlock (2010)

BAFTA Awards

2011Best Supporting ActorSherlock (2010)

MTV Movie & TV Awards

2013Best HeroThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Martin Freeman biography timelines

  • // 8th Sep 1971
    Martin John Christopher Freeman was born on 8th September 1971 to Philomena Norris and Geoffrey Freeman at Hamshire, England. He is the youngest of five siblings.
  • // 1981
    After his parents’ separation, he lived with his father until his father’s death in 1981. His father died of a cardiac arrest and so he moved back in with his mother and step-father, James.
  • // 1997
    He made his first television appearance in the 1997 show ‘The Bill’ as Craig Parnell in the episode ‘Mantrap’. Offers began flooding in for him the same year and he was seen playing guest roles in the TV shows ‘This Life’ and ‘Casualty’.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, he played Frank in a short film called ‘I Just Want to Kiss You’ and also made another appearance on television in the series ‘Picking up the Pieces’ as Brendan.
  • // 2000
    Freeman has been linked with actress Amanda Abbington since 2000. The couple lived together in Hertfordshire for over a decade. However, his affair with his long-time partner ended in the spring of 2016. He has two children with her. His son, Joe, was born in 2006 followed by a daughter, Grace, in 2008.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, he was cast as Jamie in the television film ‘Men Only’ and landed his first prominent role in the British mockumentary sitcom ‘The Office’.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, he bagged several television roles including the TV films ‘Margery and Gladys’ and ‘Hardwar’. His film career flourished simultaneously and he played a cameo in the movie ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and portrayed the character Arthur Dent in the comic sci-fi ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’.
  • // 2004
    Freeman received his first award in 2004 from the ‘Washington DC Area Film Critics Association’ for the film ‘Love Actually’ and the same year he also took home the award for ‘Best Male Comedy Performance’ for his role in the British sitcom ‘Hardware’ at the ‘Rose d’Or’ Award function.
  • // 2006
    His career in the film industry saw a leap in 2006. He was signed on for major roles in several hit films including ‘Confetti’, ‘Breaking and Entering’, Justin Theroux’s ‘Dedication’ and the documentary ‘Rembrandt’s J’Accuse’.
  • // 2010
    The year 2010 happened to be his luckiest year as he signed the role of Dr. John Watson in the televised English crime drama ‘Sherlock’. His performance in this role has by far been his most acclaimed and awarded work till present day.
  • // 2010
    The TV series ‘Sherlock’ received humongous acclaim from its first season in 2010. Freeman’s performance in the series was praised by critic Victoria Thorpe who termed his portrayal as Dr. Watson “dependable” by adding finesse to the plot.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, he was nominated for a ‘Primetime Emmy Award’ in the category of ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie’ for Dr. Watson in ‘Sherlock’, but went on to win the same in 2014.
  • // 2012
    Freeman was signed on for the lead role in the epic high fantasy adventure film and triology ‘The Hobbit’ in 2012. His stellar performance as Bilbo Baggins in the film was critically applauded worldwide.
  • // 2013
    He took home the ‘MTV Best Hero Award’, ‘Empire Award’ in the category of ‘Best Actor’ and a ‘Stellar Best Actor Award’ for the film ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ in 2013.
  • // 2014
    In 2014, he also took on the main role of Lester Nygaard in the dark humoured crime-drama ‘Fargo’ as well as hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’.
  • // 2015
    In 2015, he acted in another television movie titled ‘The Eichmann Show’ as Milton Fruchtman. The same year he voiced Reverend Parris in the stop motion sketch comedy ‘Robot Chicken’.
  • // 2016
    He narrated the story of ‘Tubby Hayes: A Man in A Hurry’ in the documentary film, and ended up playing the marvel comic character Everett K. Ross in the 2016 film ‘Captain America: Civil War’. He will play the character of Everett even in the 2018 superhero film ‘Black Panther’.
  • // 2017
    Freeman is also cast as an FBI agent, Phil Rask, in the American television series ‘Startup’ in a lead role. He is currently working on the show’s second season since January, 2017. He also starred in the 2017 TV film ‘Carnage – Swallowing The Past’ as Jeff.

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Martin Freeman's FAQ

  • What is Martin Freeman birthday?

    Martin Freeman was born at 1971-09-08

  • Where is Martin Freeman's birth place?

    Martin Freeman was born in Aldershot, Hampshire, England, UK

  • What is Martin Freeman nationalities?

    Martin Freeman's nationalities is British

  • Who is Martin Freeman spouses?

    Martin Freeman's spouses is Amanda Abbington

  • Who is Martin Freeman siblings?

    Martin Freeman's siblings is Benedict Freeman, Jamie Freeman, Laura Freeman, Tim Freeman

  • Who is Martin Freeman childrens?

    Martin Freeman's childrens is Grace Freeman, Joe Freeman

  • What was Martin Freeman universities?

    Martin Freeman studied at Central School of Speech and Drama, Salesian School, Chertsey, Cardinal Newman High School

  • What is Martin Freeman's religion?

    Martin Freeman's religion is Catholicism

  • How tall is Martin Freeman?

    Martin Freeman's height is 169

  • Who is Martin Freeman's father?

    Martin Freeman's father is Geoffrey Freeman

  • Who is Martin Freeman's mother?

    Martin Freeman's mother is Philomena Freeman

  • What is Martin Freeman's sun sign?

    Martin Freeman is Virgo

  • How famous is Martin Freeman?

    Martin Freeman is famouse as Actor