Martin John Christopher Freeman is an English actor, best known for portraying Tim Canterbury in the original UK version of sitcom mockumentary The Office, Dr. John Watson in the British crime drama Sherlock, Bilbo Baggins inPeter Jackson's The Hobbit film trilogy, and Lester Nygaard in the dark comedy-crime drama TV series Fargo. He has won an Emmy Award, BAFTA Award and an Empire Award, with other nominations including two other Emmy Awards, two other BAFTA Awards, a Saturn Award, and aGolden Globe Award.
Freeman joined a youth theatre group at 15, but it was not until he was 17 that his confidence in his acting led to the decision to pursue it as a career. He went on to attend the Central School of Speech and Drama.Freeman has appeared in at least 18 TV shows, 14 theatre productions, and several radio productions.
Freeman was born in Aldershot, Hampshire, the youngest of five children. When Freeman was 10 years old, his father died of a heart attack.[ Freeman attended the Salesian School, Chertsey before attending Brooklands College for media studies. As a child, he was asthmatic, and had to undergo a hip operation for what he has described as a "dodgy leg"