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Name: Martin Freeman
Birth date: 8 of September 1971 (48 y.o.)
Place of birth: Aldershot, Hampshire, England
Height: 169 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Birth Sign: Virgo
Chinese zodiac: Pig
Category: Actors biographies
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Martin Freeman’s biography
Martin Freeman is an English actor. He is mostly known for playing Bilbo Baggins in the «The Hobbit» film trilogy and performances in the «Sherlock» and «Fargo» TV series. He is a winner of «Emmy Awards» and «MTV Movie Awards».
Childhood and youth
Martin (Martin John Christopher Freeman) was the fifth child in the family of a naval officer in Aldershot, England. Soon after the son was born in 1971 the parents separated and Freeman stayed with his father. When the boy was 10 years old his father died of a heart attack and Martin began living with his mother.
He played for the British National team of squash until 14 years old. His older brothers and sister showed interest in fine arts. For instance his brother Tim was a singer with the group Frazier Chorus and his brother Jamie practiced web design and music. Martin gave up on the mutual aptitude a little later.
Martin started performing in youth spectacles in the catholic school since he was 15 and received an Actor’s Diploma after graduating the London Central School of Speech and Drama, one of the most famous educational institutions for art in Great Britain.
Freeman is a man of low stature and ordinary features which prevented him from claiming roles of manful hero-lovers and he showed up only in episodes and secondary roles like in the «This life» TV series in 1997.
In the year of 2000 Freeman was given the role of a doctor in the «Black Books» sitcom created by Dylan Moran. Martin played a notable role in the British version of the «The Office» series where he worked with director and main performer Ricky Gervais.
Freeman was also known to the audience for his role as a body double in the «Love Actually» film. The starting actor worked on the same set with then risen stars Hugh Grant, Colin Firth and Liam Neeson.
The screen version of the novel by Douglas Adams «The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy» was released in 2005 where Martin Freeman brilliantly managed the role of a «typical Englishman-traveler» accompanied by Sam Rockwell («The Green Mile», «Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri«) and rising star of the world cinema Zooey Deschanel.
At the age of 40 the actor was lucky to get the role of Dr. Watson in the «Sherlock» BBC series. Though the series about one of the most famous detectives appears a regular screening of the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the world of nowadays London where familiar characters are already placed, dicts its own rules.
Unexpected plot rotations, talented camera work and original installation made Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch world-famous and brought the series and the actors to Emmy awards in 2014.
The next significant role in the actor’s career was the character of Bilbo Baggins in the «The Hobbit» trilogy which he worked on since 2012 through 2014.The actor was being selected for the main role for a long while and when Freeman was finally approved Peter Jackson had to move the filming for three months as Martin was busy working on the «Sherlock» series. Ian McKellen played alongside Freeman in the trilogy as Gandalf and dragon Smaug possessed the voice and gestures of Benedict Cumberbatch, who was also familiar to Martin from the previous work.
In 2014 Freeman was the main character of the first season of the «Fargo» TV series, a black comedy–crime drama based on the story of a film of the same name by Coen brothers. The role of a quiet, threatened family man whose life changes shortly after meeting the character of Billy Bob Thornton, brought the actor to nominations at the Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.
In 2015 Freeman signed for the Marvel Studios becoming a part of the cinema world as a CIA agent Everett Ross. In 2016 the «Captain America: Civil War» film was released where Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson were casting alongside the actor.
The personal life of Martin Freeman
The actor met his wife at almost thirty. His choice was Amanda Abbington, a well-known actress in Great Britain. They met during collaboration on the filming of «Men Only» in 2000 and the couple made theirselves official the same year.
Martin and Amanda’s son Joe was born In 2005 and daughter Grace was born four years after. In 2016 the partners separated but both mention in their interviews to have stayed good friends.
Martin Freeman nowadays
Currently the actor continues taking part in screenings about the Marvel Universe. So in 2018 Freeman came back to play Everett Ross in the «Black Panther» alongside Chadwick Boseman.
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