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Martin John C. Freeman (born 8 September, 1971) is an Englishmarker actor. He is most famous for his roles as Tim Canterbury in the BBC's Golden Globe-winning comedy The Office and as Arthur Dent in the film adaptation of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.


Since leaving the Central School of Speech and Drama, Freeman has appeared in at least 18 TV shows, 14 theatre productions, and several radio productions. His most famous role remains that of Tim Canterbury in The Office. He also appeared in the sitcom Hardware. Additionally Freeman has appeared in several films, including Sacha Baron Cohen's Ali G Indahouse (2002) and Richard Curtis' Love Actually (2003). As well as his various comic roles, Freeman has also appeared in serious dramatic parts. His most prominent dramatic role to date has been as Lord Shaftesbury in the 2003 BBC historical drama Charles II: The Power and The Passion. He can also be seen making a brief appearance in the first episode of the second series of This Life, helping himself to £30 from Milly and Egg's bedside table before unknowingly swigging a mouthful of Egg's urine from a lager can. Freeman also starred in the BBC's television series The Robinsons. Freeman also had a cameo performance in episode 1 of "Black Books", a Channel 4 Comedy written by Irish comedian Dylan Moran.

He had a cameo in Hot Fuzz (2007), a film written by Shaun of the Dead writers Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, and had a brief non-speaking role in Shaun of the Dead as Yvonne's boyfriend, Declan. He is in the 2007 film The All Together written & directed by Gavin Claxton.

He also features in the video for Faith No More's cover of "I Started a Joke". He has recently covered a few shows on BBC 6 Music.In May 2009 he starred in a comedy, called Boy Meets Girl - a four part drama that charts the progress of characters Veronica and Danny after an accident which causes them to swap bodies.Freeman will play Dr John Watson in a 60-minute BBC pilot called Sherlock, a contemporary take on the Sherlock Holmes classics. The episode, written by Steven Moffat, will shoot in January 2009. He stars in the newest version (2009-present) version of the Flora advert.

Personal life

Born to Geoff and Philomena R. Norris, Freeman is the youngest of five children. Originally from Aldershotmarker in Hampshire, he now lives in Hertfordshiremarker with his longtime girlfriend, Amanda Abbington. An actress, Abbington has appeared alongside Freeman in several productions, such as Men Only, Picking Up The Pieces, The Debt, The Robinsons and the feature film comedy The All Together. He has 2 children and is left handed.

In an edition of Who Do You Think You Are? aired on 19th August 2009, he discovered that his grandfather, Leonard Freeman was a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps during World War Two. Private L W Freeman, a Territorial Army volunteer in the 150(N) Field Ambulance Regiment, was killed in Northern France on 24 May 1940 in a Stuka dawn attack. His unit was evacuated from Dunkirkmarker two days later. Freeman is a lifelong fan of Motown music and interviewed Smokey Robinson in an edition of The Culture Show aired in October 2009.



Year Film Role Notes
1998 I Just Want to Kiss You Frank Short film
2000 The Low Down Solomon
2001 Round About Five The Man
Fancy Dress Pirate
2002 Ali G Indahouse Ricky C
2003 Love Actually John
2004 Blake's Junction 7 Vila Short film
Call Register Kevin
Shaun of the Dead Declan
2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Arthur Dent
2006 Confetti Matt
Breaking and Entering Sandy
2007 Dedication Jeremy
The Good Night Gary Shaller
Hot Fuzz Met. Sergeant
Lonely Hearts The pig Short film
The All Together Chris Ashworth
Rubbish Kevin Short film
Nightwatching Rembrandt
2009 Nativity Mr Maddens
Wild Target Dixon Awaiting release
HIV: The Musical James McKenzie Awaiting release
Swinging with the Finkels TBA Filming


Year Series Role Notes
1997 The Bill Craig Parnell Episode 13.3: "Mantrap"
This Life Stuart Episode 2.1: "Last Tango in Southwark"
1998 Casualty Ricky Beck Episode 13.8: "She Loved the Rain"
Picking up the Pieces Brendan Episode 1.7
2000 Bruiser Various characters Appeared in all six episodes
Lock, Stock... Jaap Appeared in two episodes
Black Books Doctor Episode 1.1: "Cooking the Books"
2001 Men Only Jamie TV film
World of Pub Various characters Appeared in five episodes
2001-2003 The Office Tim Canterbury Appeared in all 14 episodes
2002 Helen West Unknown Episode 1.2: "Shadow Play"
Linda Green Matt Episode 2.8: "Easy Come, Easy Go"
2003 The Debt Terry Ross TV film
Margery and Gladys D.S. Stringer TV film
Charles II: The Power and The Passion Lord Shaftesbury TV mini-series
2003-2004 Hardware Mike
2004 Pride Fleck TV film
2005 The Robinsons Ed Robinson Appeared in all six episodes
2007 Comedy Showcase Greg Wilson Special 1.1: Other People
The Old Curiosity Shop Mr. Codlin TV film
2009 Boy Meets Girl Danny Reed TV mini-series
Micro Men Chris Curry TV film
Sherlock Dr. John Watson Awaiting airing



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