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Paul / Co-Creator / Executive Producer

"Paul," portrayed by Martin Freeman, always thought he was a nice guy. Then he had children and realized he was impatient, angry and faced with the unenviable task of being a modern and emotionally available father without ever having experienced that kind of parenting himself.

In 2019, Freeman was seen in Pinter Seven, presented by The Jamie Lloyd Company. He also starred opposite Danny Dyer in A Slight Ache and The Dumb Waiter at the Harold Pinter Theatre. He was also seen in Jeff Pope’s six-part drama A Confession with Imelda Staunton, Yuvel Adler’s The Operative alongside Diane Kruger, and Ode to Joy, from Modern Family director Jason Winer and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert writer Max Werner. Freeman also joined Carey Mulligan, Daniel Kaluuya and Andy Serkis in the voice cast for the radical retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, directed by Jacqui and David Morris.

In 2018, Freeman was seen in Ryan Coogler’s critically acclaimed sci-fi drama Black Panther, alongside Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Andy Serkis, Forest Whitaker and Lupita Nyong’o. Freeman also appeared in the big screen adaptation of Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s Ghost Stories and the feature film adaptation of award-nominated short Cargo. The post-apocalyptic thriller also starred Anthony Hayes, Caren Pistorius and Susie Porter. Prior to this, he was seen reprising his role of “Dr. John Watson” in the much anticipated fourth season of Sherlock on both BBC One in the UK and PBS in the US. On stage he also starred in James Graham’s comedy Labour of Lovealongside Tamsin Greig at the Noel Coward Theatre.

In 2016, Freeman was seen in Crackle’s new drama StartUp, alongside Adam Brody and Edi Gathegi. Freeman also starred in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. He was also featured in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War; and was seen on television screens in Sherlock.

Freeman starred in several television productions in 2015. He led the cast in BBC One’s animation Stick Man. The children’s book adaptation also starred the voices of Hugh Bonneville, Rob Brydon and Sally Hawkins. He also starred in BBC2’s The Eichmann Show.

In 2014, Freeman starred in FX’s award-winning television adaptation of Fargo, for which he received both Golden Globe® and Emmy® nominations for Best Actor. He also won the Best Supporting Actor Emmy and Best Supporting Actor BAFTA for his portrayal of “Dr. John Watson” in Sherlock.

In 2011, Freeman was seen in theaters reprising his role of “Bilbo Baggins” in the final installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit series. He also took to the stage to play the title role in Richard III at Trafalgar Studios.

One of Freeman’s most notable television credits remains his role as “Tim Canterbury” in the hugely successful and much-loved series The Office, for which he also received BAFTA nominations in 2002 and 2004.

Freeman’s additional film credits include Love Actually, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, Confetti and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. His stage credits also include Clybourne Park and Kosher Harry at the Royal Court Theatre and Blue Eyes and Heels at the Soho Theatre.