MARTIN FREEMAN (Bilbo Baggins) recently earned an Emmy nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Dr. John Watson on the award-winning BBC television series SHERLOCK, which debuted in 2010 and has been renewed for a third season. Freeman also won a BAFTA TV Award and received a second nomination for his work on the program.
Freeman was already familiar to television audiences for the role of Tim Canterbury on Ricky Gervais's original hit comedy series THE OFFICE He starred for three seasons on the hugely acclaimed show, earning a BAFTA TV Award nomination and two British Comedy Award nominations for his performance.
On the big screen, Freeman reprises the role of Bilbo in the second and third films of the trilogy, THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, in 2013, and THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN, in 2014. Also upcoming, Freeman stars in THE WORLD'S END written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, and directed by Wright. In addition, he will be seen in the independent film SVENGALI, and lends his voice to the animated feature SAVING SANTA.
Freeman has a wide range of earlier film credits, but is perhaps best known for his comedic roles. He starred opposite Joanna Page in the 2003 box office LOVE ACTUALLY, followed by the horror spoof SHAUN OF THE DEAD, from Wright and Pegg. He later reunited with the writing duo on the 2007 cult hit HOT FUZZ> One of Freeman's most well-known roles remains that of Arthur Dent in Garth Jennings' THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, in which Freeman starred with Zooey Deschanel and Sam Rockwell. Freeman's other film credits include the mockumentary CONFETTI, NATIVITY!, and the recent Aardman animated feature THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS.
On stage, Freeman's latest credit was the successful West End production of CLYBOURNE PARK at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Dominic Cooke. His other stage credits include Kathy Burke's KOSHER HARRY at the Royal Court, and BLUE EYES AND HEELS, by Toby Whithouse, presented at the Soho Theatre, under the direction of Jonathan Lloyd.