Martin Freeman
British actor
Martin Freeman
Martin John C. Freeman is an English actor. He is known for his roles as Tim Canterbury in the BBC's Golden Globe-winning comedy The Office, John in Love Actually, Arthur Dent in the film adaptation of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Dr. Watson in Sherlock and Paul Maddens in Nativity! He has been cast in the lead role of Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of The Hobbit.
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Get Ready For A 'Love Actually' Mini-Sequel
Huffington Post - 12 days
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'Sherlock' Just Schooled Us On The Value Of 'Emotional Context'
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Warning: “Sherlock” spoilers ahead, duh. Shrewd, deliberate, unsentimental. These are, apparently, the qualities we value in a fictional detective, as evidenced by the fan communities devoted to Sherlock Holmes, which seem only ever to be growing.  Clear-eyed, but not full-hearted, Holmes is the antithesis of all things post-truth, which might be why his stories are still celebrated today in spite of being over a century old. There’s an appetite for blunt, truth-telling iconoclasm.  But in the BBC’s adaptation of the detective stories, another factor is at play. Over the course of the series’ four seasons, Sherlock has grown from charmingly priggish and work-obsessed into someone who actually cares about the people he surrounds himself with, a relatable human with a superhuman mind.  And last week, his character arc culminated in an episode that trumpeted the value of “emotional context” as an important component of crime-solving, a complement to fact collecting. ...
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TV This Week, Jan. 15-21: 'Victoria' on 'Masterpiece' and more
LATimes - about 2 months
  SUNDAY Another blink-and-you-missed-it season of “Sherlock” concludes on “Masterpiece.” With Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. 7 p.m. KOCE An oceanographer and others work to protect and preserve undersea habitats in the new special “Sea of Hope — America’s Underwater Treasures.” 7 p.m....
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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Sherlock' And The Entertainers We've Lost
NPR - about 2 months
We dive into the hit show starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, then celebrate Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, George Michael and others. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week. (Image credit: Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films 2016 and Masterpiece)
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'Sherlock' Star Benedict Cumberbatch 'Directly Related' To Sherlock Holmes Author
Huffington Post - about 2 months
“Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch is “directly related” to the man who created his onscreen character around 130 years ago, according to Ancestry.com researchers.  Elementary, though, this discovery is not. The actor and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of a series of detective stories featuring the fictional Sherlock Holmes, are 16th cousins twice removed, the site claims. Their common ancestor is John of Gaunt, Earl of Lancaster and son of the 14th-century King Edward III of England. That makes Gaunt Cumberbatch’s 17th great-grandfather and Doyle’s 15th great-grandfather. Living between 1340 and 1399, he became a patron and close friend of the poet Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales.  “Every family history project begins the same way: you start with what you know. From there, you work back one generation at a time, proving each step as you go,” Ancestry.com historian Michelle Ercanbrack said in a statement. “In this case, that proof came from documents ...
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First Look: Martin Freeman in Australian Zombie Thriller ‘Cargo’
Yahoo News - 5 months
'Cargo' is based on the 2013 short film of the same name, which was a finalist at the Tropfest Film Festival.
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Edi Gathegi From <i>The Blacklist</i> Returns to Flash-Freeze Your Blood Again in Crackle's <i>StartUp</i>
Huffington Post - 6 months
In person, Edi Gathegi seems easy-going and charming. That wouldn't describe him in NBC's The Blacklist, where he played Cabal enforcer Matias Solomon last season, and starting Tuesday it won't describe him in StartUp, a Crackle web series in which he plays Haitian-American gang boss Ronald Dacey. Something in Gathegi's manner, or maybe mostly in his eyes, enables him to turn colder than the polar ice caps. He morphs into a very bad guy - not just one of the most menacing on television these days, but one of the most distinctive. Gathegi's fine with that. "I love playing villains," he says. "They're the most fun. When I read for these parts, I think maybe I do a better job than if it's for something lightweight." He adds, though, that not all villains are created equal. Matias Solomon on The Blacklist (above) is a ruthless cog in the criminal machine known as The Cabal, and accordingly, he shows no sign of human connections. "What's interesting about Mr ...
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The Game Is Definitely On In This Hilarious 'Sherlock' Spoof
Huffington Post - 6 months
“Sherlock” is back, but as you’ve never seen it before. YouTube parody masters “The Hillywood Show” is treating the crime-fighting sleuth’s fans to a special, rap-inspired spoof episode. Set to the tune of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” vlogging sisters Hilly and Hannah Hindi dress up like Benedict Cumberbatch’s Holmes and Martin Freeman’s Dr. John Watson and crack a case.  The clip was filmed in some of the actual locations used in the hit show, and there’s even a cameo from “Sherlock” co-creator Steven Moffat toward the end. Check it out in the clip above and watch the extended behind-the-scenes footage below. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=57302fcce4b0bc9cb0473a06,579e6b89e4b08a8e8b5e6f5d,57445fbfe4b0613b512b37d5 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on ...
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From silver screen to tablet: The best movies on HBO Go and HBO Now
Yahoo News - about 1 year
This list is continually updated to reflect recent availability and to showcase films currently streaming on HBO’s premium services, HBO Go and HBO Now. True to its name, HBO has always aimed to bring the box office into people’s homes. That is easier than ever thanks to their streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now. There are many movies on HBO’s platform, however, not all of them necessarily qualify as “great.” If you feel like streaming a movie and don’t want to waste your time on dreck, check out our list of the very best HBO has to offer. Related: Here’s what’s coming to HBO in February and what’s going away Choose a genre: Comedy Drama Action/Sci-fi Next Page: Comedy… Choose a genre: Comedy Drama Action/Sci-fi Comedy Beetlejuice Please enable Javascript to watch this video Tim Burton’s best films often center around a clever premise. In Beetlejuice , married ghosts Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara Maitland (Geena Davis), having died in a car accident, are distressed to find that the ...
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Take a Trip to Victorian London in ‘Sherlock: The Abominable Bride’ Sneak Peek
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and co-creator Steven Moffat discuss the challenges of bringing "Sherlock" back home to a 19th-century setting.
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Christmas Day’s best TV: Stick Man; Doctor Who; Gogglesprogs; Downton Abbey – The Final
Guardian (UK) - about 1 year
Martin Freeman brings Julia Donaldson’s lovable character to life; children review the year’s TV; and the Doctor is reunited with River Song. Plus, Downton is all wrapped up Following adaptations of The Gruffalo books and Room On The Broom, animators Magic Light Pictures turn again to the work of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, and the tale of a wooden chap “who lives in the family tree”. Until, that is, he takes a jog around the park, and meets first a bouncy dog and then a girl with Poohsticks in mind. Will lost and lonely Stick Man ever get home? A charming tale voiced by a top cast, including Martin Freeman and Jennifer Saunders. Jonathan Wright Continue reading...
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Tina Fey Tells The 'Most American White Lady Story' In New Movie, 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
If seeing the movie "Sisters" isn't quite enough Tina Fey for you, get ready for her new film, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot."  The so-called 'war comedy' is based on the book The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker. The New York Times reviewed the book way back in 2011, saying that Barker "depicts herself as a sort of Tina Fey character" and described her story as "Battle-Zone Absurdity and Adrenaline-Fueled Folly."  And, true to the NYT's description, the first trailer for "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" manages to make Fey look like she's having a grand ol' time in the Middle East. Sent to a war zone after being told she's one of the only "unmarried, childless personnel in this bureau" (a few women start to sob after hearing this) Fey makes her way overseas. For Fey's character, it's a nice reprieve from her job and her mildly depressive boyfriend, which another person in the movie calls "the most American white lady story."  Margot Robbie, M ...
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All The Book Adaptations You're Going To Want To See Next Year
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It’s looking like 2016 will not be the year the Salinger estate relents to a Catcher in the Rye adaptation, which is bad for the closet Caulfield devotees among us. There’s good news, too, though: so many great books are getting the on-screen treatment next year that it’s hard to pick just 20 to spotlight. We’ll assume you’re aware of the next installments of ongoing series like "Divergent" and "The Maze Runner"; here’s what else to look out for. “The BFG” based on the book by Roald Dahl Steven Spielberg morphs a beloved kids’ book into a movie starring Shakespearean stage actor Mark Rylance as the BFG, and Bill Hader as Bloodbottler. Ruby Barnhill will play Sophie, which is also the name of Dahl’s granddaughter. An earlier, lovely cartoon adaptation of the book might be tough to top. (July 1, 2016) “The Girl on the Train” based on the book by Paula Hawkins  Hawkins’ novel was hailed as the next Gone Girl, but without the now-famous “Cool Girl” rant or any ...
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Fargo Still Soars, But It Could Lose the Spaceship
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The best new drama of the fall season, year two of FX's Fargo, wraps up Monday (10 p.m.) with many fates still on the table. But while the show deserves the avalanche of praise it has received, even a very good show sometimes takes a misstep, and Fargo took a couple this past Monday. They didn't compromise its greater quality. They were distractions that may have been noticeable mostly because its handling of a complex story has generally been so sure-footed. [Warning: Spoilers ahead from earlier in the season.] Last Monday's penultimate episode, like all good penultimate episodes, built to a climatic event, the "Sioux Falls Massacre." The loathsome Gerhardt gang and a bunch of foolishly overconfident local law enforcement personnel were mowed down in an ambush/shootout orchestrated by Ohanzee Dent (Zahn McClarnon) (above). Ohanzee, a Native American, had long been a loyal Gerhardt soldier. He saw himself as family. But when the late Dodd Gerhardt called him a "mo ...
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Am I Loving "Fargo"? Oh, You Betcha!
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I've never been a huge Coen Brothers fan. I find some of their movies very entertaining, others complete misfires, and all of them seemingly wearing their writer-direction on their sleeve. Often, they have a beautifully filmed quality but overwrought characters and a cold starkness that takes a long time to thaw out in your mind. The first time I watched The Hudsucker Proxy I couldn't even get through it; the next time I was completely absorbed. Most of their movies have a few elements I love, and a few I hate. The only thing I cared for in O Brother, Where Art Thou? was its fabulous music, while No Country For Old Men, despite an unforgettable villain, had a narrative choice near the end that ruined the entire movie for me. That said, it took me three viewings of Fargo before I fell in love with it, and now consider it to be far and away the best Coen brothers film. When I heard FX had a TV show version coming out, I was decidedly underwhelmed, mainly because I couldn't fathom how ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Martin Freeman
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 44
    He also played Everett Ross in Captain America: Civil War, which released in May 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Freeman lives in Potters Bar in Hertfordshire with his partner, actress Amanda Abbington, whom he met on the set of Channel 4's Men Only in 2000. The couple have two children together: Joe (born 2006) and Grace (born 2008). They have appeared in other productions together, including Sherlock, Swinging with the Finkels, The Debt, The Robinsons, and The All Together.
  • 2015
    Age 43
    In 2015 Freeman appeared in a party election broadcast for the Labour Party, endorsing the party ahead of the UK general election in May.
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    In 2015 Freeman starred as producer Milton Fruchtman in the television film The Eichmann Show, based on the filming, by blacklisted TV director Leo Hurwitz, of the 1961 trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann.
    More Details Hide Details The film intercut dramatic scenes with historical footage from the trial. The Daily Telegraph described the film as "absolutely enthralling".
  • 2014
    Age 42
    He opened in the title role in Shakespeare’s play Richard III in July 2014 at Trafalgar Studios.
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    In April 2014, Freeman began playing insurance salesman Lester Nygaard in the dark comedy-crime drama series Fargo.
    More Details Hide Details For his performance in this series, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Critics' Choice Television Award.
  • 2013
    Age 41
    On 5 October 2013, he was presented with a fellowship bearing his name by the members of University College Dublin's Literary & Historical Society.
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    He was a main cast member in the 2013 finale to the trilogy, The World's End.
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    He played Bilbo Baggins, the main character, in the three-part Peter Jackson film series The Hobbit. Accolades that his performance in the first part, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, garnered him include Best Hero at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards and Best Actor at the 18th Empire Awards.
    More Details Hide Details Freeman appeared in all three of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's comedic Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, commencing with a brief non-speaking role in Shaun of the Dead as Yvonne's boyfriend, Declan, followed by a brief cameo in Hot Fuzz as a police officer.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 39
    For his performance in the role he won the BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actor, 2011 and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.
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  • 2009
    Age 37
    In an edition of Who Do You Think You Are? aired on 19 August 2009, Freeman discovered that his grandfather, Leonard Freeman, was a medic who was killed a couple of days before the Dunkirk evacuation at the beginning of World War II.
    More Details Hide Details Leonard's father, Richard, was born blind and had been a piano tuner and organist at St Andrew's Church, West Tarring and later a music teacher in Kingston upon Hull. Freeman is a pescetarian. He has struggled with religion, stating that "my relationship with my belief has never been easy." Despite these struggles, he has said his Catholic faith remains intact. In 2011, Freeman took part in a charity cricket match to raise money for victims of the Christchurch earthquake.
    In May 2009 he starred in 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.
    More Details Hide Details He currently plays Dr. John Watson in Sherlock, the BBC contemporary adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes detective stories. The first episode of Sherlock, "A Study in Pink", was broadcast on 25 July 2010 to critical acclaim.
  • 2007
    Age 35
    In 2007, he appeared in The All Together written and directed by Gavin Claxton, as well as the Bill Kenwright theatre production of The Last Laugh.
    More Details Hide Details He is featured in the video for Faith No More's cover of "I Started a Joke".
  • 2004
    Age 32
    He is notable for his role as Tim Canterbury in The Office, a role which, he said in 2004, "cast a very long shadow" for him as an actor.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared in the sitcom Hardware. He also appeared in several films, including Ali G Indahouse (2002) and Love Actually (2003).
  • 2003
    Age 31
    He began to move into more serious dramatic roles on television with his appearance as Lord Shaftesbury in the 2003 BBC historical drama Charles II: The Power and The Passion.
    More Details Hide Details He can also be seen making a brief appearance in the first episode of the second series of This Life. Freeman also starred in the BBC television series The Robinsons and had a cameo in episode 1 of Black Books.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Born
    Born on September 8, 1971.
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