England-born actor, Martin Freeman forged himself into a Hollywood star through his breakthrough in the American crime-thriller, Fargo. He is also notable for his appearances in Sherlock Holmes, Love Actually, The Office, and The Hobbit trilogy. He might not be on the apex on the list of top celebrities today, but he sure ranks among the most skilled ones. Martin Freeman, alongside being an actor, is also a screenwriter, producer and media personality who has been a regular guest on many TV shows as well as a presenter of numerous award ceremonies. To learn more on who the Sherlock Holmes actor is as well as his height, scroll further.
Who Is Martin Freeman?
The Sherlock Holmes star was born as Martin John Christopher Freeman to his parents, Geoffrey Freeman and Philomena Norris on 8th of September, 1971 in Aldershot, Hampshire, England. His father was a naval officer while his grandfather, Leonard Freeman was a medic who was murdered a few days prior to Dunkirk evacuation at the start of World War II. On the other hand, his great grandfather, Richard Freeman was blind from birth but wasn’t deterred by his circumstances as he was a piano tuner and organist at St. Andrew’s Church, West Tarring and later a music instructor in Kingdom upon Hull.
Following the separation of his parents when he was a year old, Freeman lived with his father but after his father succumbed to cardiac arrest in 1981, he then joined his mother and stepfather, James. He was brought up along with his siblings who comprise of three elder brothers, Tim, Benedict and Jamie Freeman and an elder sister, Laura Freeman. Martin Freeman has Irish heritage. The multi-award-winning actor who was a fellow of the British national Squash squad till his 14th years of age, acquired his basic education from a Catholic secondary school, Salesian School situated in Chertsey, Surrey. He then furthered his education by obtaining a degree in media studies from Brooklands College, Weybridge Surrey, England.
Born into an artistic family with elder brothers, Tim and Jamie in the music industry, Martin Freeman fell in love with stage productions. In order to have in-depth knowledge of acting, he went and honed his acting skills at the reputable Central School of Speech and Drama, London. The highly skilled actor made his small screen debut in 1997 by featuring in an episode of Geoff McQueen’s 1984 crime-drama series, The Bill as Craig Parnell. He followed it up by making cameo appearances in other TV series including This Life (1997), Casualty (1998), and Picking up the Pieces (1998), before making his big-screen debut in Jamie Thraves’ 1998 short film, I Just Want to Kiss You as Frank.
After appearing in a couple of films and TV series, Martin Freeman got his first shot to fame when he was cast as John in the 2003 multiple awards winning romantic comedy film, Love Actually. However, his popularity soared after his stunning enactment of Tim Canterbury in the two-time Golden Globe-winning comedy series, The Office. Offers came in rolling for him after his striking performance in The Office as he went on to feature in many critically acclaimed movies and TV series including Hardware, Shaun of the Dead, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Interestingly, Martin Freeman attained a global recognition by starring as a reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins in the 2012 multi Oscars winning adventure film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, with its sequels, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. His most memorable performance was as Dr. John Watson in the 2010 highly acclaimed TV series, Sherlock Holmes. Other notable films and TV series he has graced his talent with includes Fargo, Captain America: Civil War, StartUp, and Black Panther.
The dexterous actor has done many voice works which include Robot Chicken, Lonely Hearts, and The Pirates! Band of Misfits. Besides acting, Martin Freeman is also a screenwriter and producer with his production credits including Tubby Hayes: A Man in a Hurry, John Simons: A Modernist, and Breeders. His writing credits include many episodes of the TV series, Breeders. Furthermore, Martin Freeman is immensely prominent when it comes to TV commercials, having done many advertisements for several top brands such as Vauxhall Motors, Vodafone, Heineken, Super Noodles, Marks & Spencer department stores, to mention but few.
His numerous career achievements include being the winner of many coveted awards including Primetime Emmy, BAFTA TV Award, British Animated Awards (BAA), Empire Award, Gold Derby TV Award, Golden Rose Award, and many others.
How Tall Is He?
There is no denying the fact that Martin Freeman is a gorgeous man who has a good body build which has helped him in his career in portraying many characters. That said, he is not necessarily the tallest English actor one may easily find around as he only has a height of 5 feet 6.5 inches (1.69 m) and an accumulated body mass of 70 kg (154 lb).