'Sherlock' Star Martin Freeman 5 Facts: Here's What You Should Know About the Actor
Learn the top facts you need to know about the renowned English actor Martin Freeman.
Martin Freeman is well known for his role as 'Dr. John Watson' in the British crime drama series 'Sherlock,' in which he starred from 2010 to 2017. He's also played some important roles in other television series and movies, such as the role of 'Tim Canterbury' in the mockumentary series 'The Office,' 'Bilbo Baggins' in 'The Hobbit film trilogy.
As one of the most accomplished actors in the entertainment industry, he's earned immense fame throughout his career. Many people may not be very much familiar with his professional career and personal life. So, we compiled some top facts about the actor in the sections below, so you get to know him better.
Martin Freeman Was Born in Aldershot, Hampshire
Martin Freeman was born on 8 September 1971, in Aldershot, Hampshire. He is the youngest one of the five children of his parents, Philomena (née Norris) and naval officer, Geoffrey Freeman. Martin's parents separated when he was a child, and when he was ten years old, his father died of a heart attack.
Martin Freeman was born in Aldershot, Hampshire.
Martin Freeman's grandfather from his father's side, Leonard W. Freeman, was a medic during the Second World War in the British Expeditionary Force. He was killed in action at Dunkirk, just a few days before the Dunkirk evacuation. Leonard's father, Richard, was born blind and worked as a piano tuner and organist at St Andrew's Church in West Tarring before becoming a music teacher in Kingston upon Hull.
Martin Freeman Has Won Several Prestigious Awards For His Acting
Over his career so far, Martin Freeman boasts ten accolades and 37 nominations he earned for his acting prowess. He's won a Primetime Emmy Award in the category of 'Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie' for his role in 'Sherlock' in 2014. Additionally, he's got two Emmy award nominations.
Over his career so far, Martin Freeman boasts ten accolades and 37 nominations he earned for his acting prowess.
Source: Daily Mirror
Martin Freeman won 2011's BAFTA Award in the category of 'Best Supporting Actor' for his role in 'Sherlock.' Also, he earned two nominations for the award in 2004 (for 'The Office') and 2012 (for 'Sherlock'). Besides, his other honors include a Screen Actors Guild Award win and a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Martin Freeman is a Practicing Catholic and a Vegetarian
Martin Freeman was raised by his mother, Philomena, as a practicing Catholic. He is still faithful to the religion. 'I'm one of the few people I know who believe in God,' he said about his belief in an interview with The Independent.
Martin Freeman was raised by his mother, Philomena, as a practicing Catholic.
Source: The New York Times
'Things are very black or very white,' Martin added. 'One minute you think you're God Almighty, the next you think you're f**king worthless. This isn't meant to make me sound interesting and rock'n'roll, but I wouldn't want to live with me a lot of the time.' He is also a vegetarian.
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Martin Freeman Used to Date Fellow Actress Amanda Abbington
Martin Freeman used to be in a long-term relationship with fellow actress Amanda Abbington, with whom he was together for 16 years. They met for the first time in 2000, on the set of the film 'Men Only.' They broke up in 2016.
Martin Freeman used to be in a long-term relationship with fellow actress Amanda Abbington.
Source: The Telegraph
Amanda is best known for her roles as 'Miss Mardle' in 'Mr. Selfridge' and 'Mary Morstan' in 'Sherlock.' Even though Amanda and Martin's characters were married in the series 'Sherlock,' they never tied the knot in real life.
Martin Freeman and His Ex-Partner Amanda Abbington Share Two Children
Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington used to live together in Potter's Bar in Hertfordshire. During their 16 years of relationship, they welcomed two children, a son, and a daughter.
Martin Freeman and his ex-partner Amanda Abbington share two children.
Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington's son, Joe, was born in 2006, and their daughter Grace was born in 2008. As per an article by The Sun, both of their children currently live with Amanda in Hertfordshire.
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