Martin Freeman Biography, Life, Interesting Facts
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Childhood And Early Life
Martin Freeman was born on the 8 September 1971 in Aldershot, Hampshire, England to Geoffrey and Philomena Freeman. He has four older siblings, a sister, and three brothers, and is of English-Irish ancestry.
Martin Freeman was educated at Salesian School, a private Catholic school located in Chertsey and Brooklands College. He then studied drama at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
Rise To Fame
Starting his career in 1998, Martin Freeman has appeared widely on television and in the film. In 2001, Freeman had a breakthrough playing Tim Canterbury in the British sitcom The Office. He also appeared in the romantic hit comedy Love Actually (2003) and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005).
Martin Freeman was already well-established as an actor when he rose international prominence portraying Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, Peter Jackson’s trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien’s book of the same name. Other work includes playing Watson in the television series Sherlock (2010), crime-comedy Fargo (2014) and Dr. Watson in Sherlock (2010-2017).
Awards And Achievements
Nominations and awards Martin Freeman has won include a nomination for Best Comedy actor from the British Comedy Awards in 2002 for his role in The Office. A 2004 Rose d’Or for Best Male Comedy Performance for Hardware, a 2011 BAFTA Best Supporting Actor for Sherlock and numerous nominations and awards for his role in The Hobbit. In 2015 The Mousetrap Awards Best Male Performance award for his role in Richard III.
Martin Freeman is a keen squash player and as a young person played in the national squash team in the UK.
Between 2000 and 2016 Martin Freeman was in a relationship with Amanda Abbington. They share two children: Joseph (b.2006) and Grace (born.2008).