Martin Freeman is best known for his role on the British television series The Office, his performance in 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and for his role as Dr. John Watson in the BBC Sherlock series.
His acting career took off in 2001, when he landed a role in Ricky Gervais' TV series The Office, in which he portrayed Tim Canterbury, a lovable, underachieving sales rep with a crush on the company's receptionist. In 2003, he was part of an all-star ensemble cast in the romantic comedy Love Actually, and two years later, he appeared in the film adaptation of Douglas Adams's novel, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005). Freeman enjoyed another wave of television success in 2010 with Sherlock, starring alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the crime thriller. Freeman won a BAFTA award in 2011 and received Emmy Award nominations in 2012 and in 2014 for his work on the series.Taking on another literary role, Freeman was cast as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The actor was also cast to play the same character in the two follow-up films of The Hobbit franchise, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smog (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (2014).
In 2014, Freeman appeared on American television in the series Fargo. The show is based on the 1996 Coen brothers film by the same name. Freeman plays an insurance salesman who gets mixed up with a dangerous drifter (Billy Bob Thornton). For his work on the series, Freeman received a lead actor Emmy nomination in 2014. He also won an Emmy that year for his role in Sherlock.