Hampshire, England native Martin Freeman can be seen in a variety of television, theater, and radio productions, though he is probably best known for his role as Tim Canterbury in the BBC's award-winning sitcom The Office, and as everyman Arthur Dent in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005). Freeman's credits also include the British police comedy Hot Fuzz, a brief appearance in Shaun of the Dead, and the lead role in director Gavin Claxton's The All Together. In addition to his comedy roles, Freeman has turned in a number of dramatic performances, including a turn as Lord Shaftesbury in Charles II: The Power & the Passion, a 2003 BBC historical drama, and the legendary painter Rembrandt in Nightwatching (2007).
Biography by Tracie Cooper
- Dreamed of becoming a squash player and was a member of the British national squash squad as a youth.
- Is the youngest of five children; his father died when he was just 7 years old.
- Although probably best known for playing Tim Canterbury on the U.K. version of The Office (2001), he has proven himself equally capable of serious drama in the BBC's Charles II: The Power & the Passion (2003).
- Spent two-and-a-half years filming his role as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit.