->''"There is no denying, however, that I'm in "The fucking Hobbit",'' playing ''the fucking hobbit."''
-->--'''Martin Freeman''', [[http://www.3news.co.nz/The-Hobbit-media-conference--full-video/tabid/312/articleID/198020/Default.aspx on his casting in]] ''Film/TheHobbit'' (relevant moment at 31:25)

Martin John Christopher Freeman (born 8 September 1971) is a [[MemeticMutation BAFTA-winning]] British actor who is best known for playing DeadpanSnarker, [[TheEveryman Charismatic Everyman]], and/or BadassAdorable characters, such as John Watson in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' and Bilbo Baggins in ''Film/TheHobbit''. [[MemeticMutation He is made of jam, kittens, cuddly jumpers, and RAGE]]. [[Website/{{Tumblr}} Also, he is a hedgehog.]] He is also a [[RummageSaleReject terrible dresser]] (although opinion is divided about that, he does pick some outrageous outfits from time to time).

Some of his roles include:
* [[{{Adorkable}} Jack]] in ''Film/LoveActually''
* [[DeadpanSnarker Tim Canterbury]] in ''[[Series/TheOfficeUK The Office]]''
* [[UnfazedEveryman Arthur Dent]] in ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''
* [[BadassAdorable Dr John]] [[TheWatson Watson]] in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''
* [[BadassNormal Bilbo Baggins]] in ''Film/TheHobbit''
* [[LaResistance Lord Shaftesbury]] in ''Series/CharlesIIThePowerAndThePassion''
* Various roles in ''Series/{{Bruiser}}''
* [[SharpDressedMan Oliver]] in ''Film/TheWorldsEnd''
* [[ButtMonkey Lester Nygaard]] in ''Series/{{Fargo}}''
* Everett Ross in the Film/MarvelCinematicUniverse
* Ricky C, a British gangster wannabe in ''Film/AliGIndahouse''
* Dr. Williams in short film ''Film/TheVoormanProblem''

As well as a killer deadpan delivery style, he has truly ''epic'' facial expressions of exasperation and despondency, such that he can take on other so-called leaders in the field and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zarpQbhPr0 blow them out of the water!]]

In RealLife it would seem that he is also quite the master of the PrecisionFStrike (see examples cited on this page). Of course his natural aptitude as a DeadpanSnarker probably helps with this.

When it was announced that he was to play Bilbo Baggins in Creator/PeterJackson's movie version of ''Film/TheHobbit'', much of the fandom rejoiced. So did Jackson, who was so desperate for Freeman to play the eponymous Hobbit that he reworked his entire shooting schedule to allow Freeman time to film the second series of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', which was scheduled to film in the middle of shooting for the trilogy and which would have otherwise prevented Freeman from taking the role.

He currently resides just outside London and recently separated from his partner, [[RomanceOnTheSet fellow actor]] Amanda Abbington (''Series/MrSelfridge'', Mary Watson on ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''). They have two children.

Not to be confused with Creator/MorganFreeman who is also a brilliant character actor, but of completely different age, height, nationality and race.