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Creator / Martin Freeman

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"There is no denying, however, that I'm in "The fucking Hobbit", playing the fucking hobbit."
Martin Freeman, on his casting in The Hobbit (relevant moment at 31:25)

Martin John Christopher Freeman (born September 8, 1971 in Aldershot, England) is a BAFTA-winning British actor.

Best known for playing Deadpan Snarker, Charismatic Everyman, and/or Badass Adorable characters, such as Tim in The Office, John Watson in Sherlock and Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. He is made of jam, kittens, cuddly jumpers, and RAGE. Also, he is a hedgehog. He is also a terrible dresser (although opinion is divided about that, he does pick some outrageous outfits from time to time).

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 blow them out of the water!

When it was announced that he was to play Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's movie version of The Hobbit, 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 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 resides just outside London and separated from his partner, fellow actor Amanda Abbington (Mr Selfridge, Mary Watson on Sherlock). They have two children.

His biggest strength as an actor is considered a thing all of his own we don't even have a trope for, that might be described as "microexpression".

Some of his roles include:

Tropes Associated with Freeman's Roles:

  • Audience Surrogate: As The Everyman, he often plays the role that acts as the audience's window into the work or setting.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His characters tend to be incredibly snarky and truly deadpan.
  • The Everyman: He is typecast as a fairly plain, down to Earth guy that gets caught up in fairly outlandish situations. Arthur Dent, Watson, Bilbo Baggins... he has played some of the most famous everymen in the world.


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The Destruction of Earth

The camera zooms out to show the entire Earth right before the Vogons destroy it.

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