Produced in England in 1971, Martin Freeman played in numerous British television series before his big break, being cast as Tim Canterbury on the BBC show The Office. Since that time, he’s become known for roles in movies like Love Actually (2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012).
His parents split up when he was little, and he lost his dad when he was just 10 years old. Freeman attended Catholic school before registering in the Central School of Speech and Drama. In his early career, he performed in a number of productions at London’s National Theatre.
In 2001, Freeman had a major career breakthrough using the British television series The Office. Produced by Ricky Gervais, the comedy proved to be a huge hit. Freeman particularly endeared himself to audiences with his portrayal of Tim Canterbury, a lovable, underachieving sales rep having a crush on the organization ‘s secretary.
Freeman in addition has won over crowds with characters on the silver screen. In 2003, he was part of an all star ensemble cast in the romantic comedy Love Actually.
Freeman loved another tide of television success with Sherlock, which debuted in 2010. Freeman won a BAFTA award in 2011 and received Emmy Award nominations in 2012 as well as in 2014 for his work with the show.
Taking on another literary character, Freeman was cast as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This movie, directed by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, is slated to be published in December 2012. The film series is founded on the award winning fantasy novel by well-known English writer J.R.R. Tolkien, who also composed the well-received Lord of the Rings book series.