British comedian/actor, Martin Freeman, has appeared in several Hollywood blockbusters including The Hobbit, Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther. He however remains most famous for his role on the BBC crime drama, Sherlock. Sherlock featured Benedict Cumberbatch as the legendary detective while Freeman ably portrayed his sidekick, Dr John Watson. The two co-stars developed such an excellent chemistry that fans were incensed when the showrunners decided not to pursue a gay love storyline between them. So, what is Martin Freeman’s net worth? Is he richer than his famous co-star? All these and more of your questions about the Sherlock duo are answered below.
Martin John Christopher Freeman was born on the 8th of September 1971 in Aldershot, Hampshire, England. His father’s name is Geoffrey Freeman while his mother’s name is Philomena. The actor also has a total of four siblings including brothers – Tim, Jamie, Benedict and sister, Laura.
Freeman grew up in London and made his screen debut in 1997 in the TV series, The Bill. He thereafter appeared in a smattering of TV series and movies before landing his breakthrough role on the TV series, The Office. The Office is a popular British sitcom about the day to day lives of the employees of a fictional paper company. In the series, Freeman portrayed the lovable and kind-hearted Tim Canterbury. This affable nature would go on to define much of his career until he boldly decided to seek more dramatic roles.
What is Martin Freeman’s Net Worth?
Since getting his breakthrough role on The Office, Freeman has gone on to acquire an impressive filmography comprising of several movies and TV series. On the small screen, the Hampshire native has featured in A confession, StartUp, Toast of London, The Life of Rock with Brian Pern, Fargo, When Were We Funniest, Robinsons, Hardware, The Debt, Linda Green, Margery and Gladys and Sherlock. Freeman’s excellent performances in Sherlock earned him the 2011 BAFTA award for best supporting actor as well as the 2011 Primetime Emmy award for outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or a movie.
Martin freeman’s net worth has also been buoyed by his enviable movie career. The Office star has appeared in several highly-acclaimed Hollywood movies including Ghost Stories, Black Panther, The Operative, Cargo, Ode to Joy, Foxtrot, Love Actually, Breaking and Entering, Hot Fuzz and The Hobbit. Asides acting, another veritable source of Martin Freeman’s net worth is commercials. The Sherlock star has been tapped to do TV ads by several companies including telecoms giant. Vodafone. All these endeavors has contributed to Martin Freeman’s net worth of $15 million.
Is Martin Freeman richer than Benedict Cumberbatch ?
Benedict Cumberbatch needs no introduction. The Englishman is one of the biggest Hollywood stars in contemporary times. A versatile screen, stage and voice actor, Cumberbatch has featured in several highly-acclaimed movies and TV series. They include Sherlock, Parade’s End, The Hollow Crown: The War of Roses, Amazing Grace, 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, The Hobbit, Doctor Strange, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, Thor: Ragnarok, Star Trek into the Darkness and The Imitation Game. The Imitation Game is a 2014 thriller/drama in which Cumberbatch plays the lead role of Alan Turing, a Cambridge maths genius who is recruited to crack Nazi codes. Turing succeeds in cracking even the impossible ones and is hailed as a hero. He is however disgraced and sent to prison after his homosexuality is revealed.
Cumberbatch’s performance in The Imitation Game earned him the Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG award nominations for best actor. Asides his illustrious acting career, Benedict Cumberbatch has also scored endorsement deals with companies such as Jaguar, Dunlop, HisCox and Google. All these has led to a fortune of $30 million. This therefore means that Freeman is not richer than his Sherlock co-star. Rather, his co-star is twice as rich as he is.
Why don’t Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch get along?
There is nothing to suggest that the two co-stars are not amicable. Rather, it is misleading newspaper headlines that have fueled rumors of a supposed rift between the two. The whole controversy started in March 2018 after Freeman disclosed in an interview that he no longer had fun filming Sherlock. The actor attributed his disinterest to the intense pressure from the show’s passionate fan base. Cumberbatch subsequently seemed to take a swipe at Freeman by stating that he was rather grateful for the fan’s supports. This seemed to suggest a feud between the co-stars but Freeman has since clarified his comments, stating that he never meant to criticize the fans as the show has been extremely good to them all.