Born in England in 1971, television actor Martin Freeman acted in a number of British television series before his big break, being cast as Tim Canterbury on the BBC series The Office. Since then, he has become known for roles in films like Love Actually and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012).
Martin Freeman was born Martin John C. Freeman on September 8, 1971, in Aldershot, Hampshire, England. After training at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Freeman performed in several productions at London?s National Theatre. Since then, the actor has appeared in numerous British television series, most notably? as likable loser Tim Canterbury in the hit BBC comedy The Office.
Freeman has also endeared himself to audiences with roles on the silver screen. In 2003, he was part of an all-star ensemble cast in the romantic comedy Love Actually. In 2005, he appeared in the film adaptation of Douglas Adams?’s novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
More recently, Freeman was cast as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a film directed by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, slated to be released in December 2012. The actor has been cast to play the same character in two follow-up films of The Hobbit franchise, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smog and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, which are planned to hit theaters in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The film series is based on the award-winning fantasy novel by famed English writer J.R.R. Tolkien, who also wrote the well-received Lord of the Rings book series.