Martin Freeman in 2010

Martin John Christopher Freeman (born 8 September 1971) is an English actor who portrayed Arthur Dent in the 2005 Hitchhiker's film. He is best known for his roles as Tim Canterbury in The Office, Dr. Watson in Sherlock, and Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of The Hobbit.



Year Film Role Notes
1998 I Just Want to Kiss You Frank Short film
2000 The Low Down Solomon
2001 Round About Five The Man
Fancy Dress Pirate
2002 Ali G Indahouse Ricky C
2003 Love Actually John
2004 Blake's Junction 7 Vila Short film
Call Register Kevin
Shaun of the Dead Declan Cameo
2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Arthur Dent
2006 Confetti Matt
Breaking and Entering Sandy
2007 Dedication Jeremy
The Good Night Gary Shaller
Hot Fuzz Met. Sergeant
Lonely Hearts The pig Short film
The All Together Chris Ashworth
Rubbish Kevin Short film
Nightwatching Rembrandt
2008 Rembrandt's J'Accuse Rembrandt Documentary (related to the previous year's Nightwatching)
2009 Nativity! Paul Maddens
HIV: The Musical James McKenzie
Swinging with the Finkels Alvin Finkel
2010 Wild Target Dixon
2011 What's Your Number? Simon
2012 The Pirates! Band of Misfits The Pirate with a Scarf/Number 2 Voice
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Bilbo Baggins
2013 The World's End Oliver
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Bilbo Baggins
Svengali Don
Saving Santa
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Bilbo Baggins


Year Series Role Notes
1997 The Bill Craig Parnell Episode 13.3: "Mantrap"
This Life Stuart Episode 2.1: "Last Tango in Southwark"
1998 Casualty Ricky Beck Episode 13.8: "She Loved the Rain"
Picking up the Pieces Brendan Episode 1.7
2000 Bruiser Various characters Appeared in all six episodes
Lock, Stock... Jaap Appeared in two episodes
Black Books Doctor Episode 1.1: "Cooking the Books"
2001 Men Only Jamie TV film
World of Pub Various characters Appeared in five episodes
2001–2003 The Office Tim Canterbury Appeared in all 14 episodes
2002 Helen West Unknown Episode 1.2: "Shadow Play"
Linda Green Matt Episode 2.8: "Easy Come, Easy Go"
2003 The Debt Terry Ross TV film
Margery and Gladys D.S. Stringer TV film
Charles II: The Power and The Passion Lord Shaftesbury TV mini-series
2003–2004 Hardware Mike
2004 Pride Fleck TV film
2005 The Robinsons Ed Robinson Appeared in all six episodes
2007 Comedy Showcase Greg Wilson Special 1.1: Other People
The Old Curiosity Shop Mr. Codlin TV film
2008 When Were We Funniest? Himself Appeared in four episodes
2009 Boy Meets Girl Danny Reed TV mini-series
Micro Men Chris Curry TV film
2010–present Sherlock Dr. John Watson All 10 episodes, including the unaired pilot
2010 The Girl is Mime Clive Buckle; lead actor Short film, part of the 48 Hour Film Project in London