Martin Freeman is an Emmy® and BAFTA® Award-winning actor with an illustrious career spanning film, television and stage. His versatility and ability to excel in his craft, regardless of the genre, have led him to be considered as one of the industry’s most revered talents.
Earlier this year, Freeman received a BAFTA Television nomination for Best Actor for his role in the six-part BBC One drama The Responder, which has been commissioned for a second season. The series also received various other nominations, such as Best Drama Series.
Last year, he returned to the big screen as CIA agent “Everett Ross” in the highly anticipated sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. In May of that year, he starred in Peacock’s limited series Angelyne, directed by Lucy Tcherniak and based on The Hollywood Reporter’s investigative article about Los Angeles’ mysterious billboard icon.
In 2019, Freeman appeared in the two final plays in the Harold Pinter season Pinter at the Pinter, presented by The Jamie Lloyd Company. He starred opposite Danny Dyer in A Slight Ache and The Dumb Waiter. In summer 2019, he was also seen leading the cast of Jeff Pope’s six-part ITV drama A Confession, which has been acclaimed amongst critics and audiences alike. He also appeared in feature film Ode to Joy and Yuval Adler’s The Operative, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier that year.
In 2018, Freeman was seen in Ryan Coogler’s critically acclaimed sci-fi drama Black Panther. He also appeared in the big screen adaptation of Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s Ghost Stories and starred in the feature film adaptation of award-nominated short Cargo for Netflix. Prior to this, Freeman reprised his role of “Dr. John Watson” in the much anticipated fourth series of Sherlock on both BBC One in the U.K. and PBS in the U.S. On stage, he also starred in James Graham’s comedy Labour of Love alongside Tamsin Greig at the Noël Coward Theatre.
In 2016, he was seen in Crackle’s StartUp; Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, the screen adaptation of Kim Barker’s 2011 memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan; Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War; and on television screens in Sherlock’s “The Abominable Bride.” In 2015, he starred in BBC Two’s The Eichmann Show, which was part of the BBC’s commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
In 2014, Freeman starred in FX’s award-winning television adaptation of the Coen brothers’ Fargo, for which he earned Golden Globe® and Emmy nominations for his role as “Lester Nygaard.” That same year, he also won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his portrayal of “Dr. John Watson” in Sherlock. The show also saw him win Best Supporting Actor at the 2011 BAFTA Awards and receive an additional nomination in 2012. In December 2014, he reprised his role of “Bilbo Baggins” in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. He also took to the stage to play the title role of Richard III at the Trafalgar Studios as part of the Trafalgar Transformed season.
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 extensive film credits include starring opposite Joanna Page in 2003’s Love Actually; Shaun of the Dead; Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s cult hit Hot Fuzz in 2007 and The World’s End in 2013; opposite Jessica Hynes in the 2007 mockumentary Confetti; and as “Arthur Dent” in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Freeman’s stage credits include Clybourne Park and Kosher Harry at the Royal Court Theatre and Blue Eyes and Heels at the Soho Theatre.