2019 has already been an exciting year for Martin. January and February saw Martin in Pinter Seven, the final plays in the Harold Pinter season PINTER AT THE PINTER, presented by The Jamie Lloyd Company. Martin starred opposite Danny Dyer in A SLIGHT ACHE and THE DUMB WAITER at the Harold Pinter Theatre. He was recently seen in Jeff Pope’s six-part drama A CONFESSION with Imelda Staunton which has been critically acclaimed amongst critics and audiences alike. The series tells the story of how Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher (Freeman) deliberately breached police procedure and protocol to catch a killer, a decision that ultimately cost him a career and reputation.
Martin will also be seen in Yuvel Adler’s THE OPERATIVE alongside Diane Kruger, who plays a woman recruited by the Mossad to work undercover in Tehran which will be in UK cinemas January 2020. He also will appear in ODE TO JOY, from Modern Family Director Jason Winer and Colbert writer Max Werner.
2020 will see Martin as the lead, co-creator and executive producer of new FX/SKY/Avalon comedy series BREEDERS. Martin will star as a caring father opposite Daisy Haggard in the show which chronicles the trials and tribulations of parenthood. Not only this, but Freeman will also join Carey Mulligan, Daniel Kaluuya and Andy Serkis in the voice cast for the radical retelling of Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL, directed by Jacqui and David Morris.
2018 was another notable year for Martin. He was seen in Ryan Coogler’s critically acclaimed drama sci-fi drama BLACK PANTHER, alongside Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Andy Serkis, Forest Whitaker and Lupita Nyong’o. Freeman also appeared in the big screen adaptation of Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s GHOST STORIES. Not only this, he starred in the feature film adaptation of award-nominated short CARGO. The post-apocalyptic thriller also starred Anthony Hayes, Caren Pistorius and Susie Porter. Prior to this, Martin was seen reprising his role of ‘Dr. John Watson’ in the much anticipated fourth series of SHERLOCK on both BBC One in the UK and PBS in the US. On stage he also starred in James Graham’s comedy LABOUR OF LOVE, alongside Tamsin Greig at the Noel Coward Theatre.
In 2016, Martin was seen in Crackle’s new drama STARTUP, alongside Adam Brody and Edi Gathegi. Martin also starred in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT. The screen adaptation of Kim Barker’s 2011 memoir ‘The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan’. Martin also featured in Marvel’s latest edition to the ‘Captain America’ franchise CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. In addition, he was seen on television screens in Sherlock’s THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE.
2015 saw Martin in several television productions. Martin led the cast in BBC One’s animation STICK MAN. The children’s book adaptation also starred the voices of Hugh Bonneville, Rob Brydon and Sally Hawkins. He also starred in BBC Two’s THE EICHMANN SHOW, which follows the televising of Adolf Eichmann’s 1961 trial and was part of the BBC’s commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
In 2014 Martin starred in the award-winning Coen brothers’ television adaptation of FARGO; for which Martin was Golden Globe and Emmy nominated in the category of ‘Best Actor’ for his role as ‘Lester Nygaard’. 2014 saw him win the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ Emmy for his portrayal of ‘Dr. John Watson’ in SHERLOCK. The show also saw Martin win ‘Best Supporting Actor’ at the 2011 BAFTA awards and receive an additional nomination in 2012. In December of the same year, Martin was seen in cinemas reprising his role of ‘Bilbo Baggins’ in the final instalment of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ series, THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES. He also took to the stage to play the title role of RICHARD III at the Trafalgar Studios as part of the ‘Trafalgar Transformed’ season.
One of Martin’s most notable television credits remains his role as ‘Tim Canterbury’ in the hugely successful and much-loved series THE OFFICE, for which he also received BAFTA nominations in 2002 and once again in 2004.
Martin’s film credits are extensive. Best known for his comedic roles, Martin starred opposite Joanna Page in box office success LOVE ACTUALLY in 2003. Following this Martin briefly appeared in spoof horror comedy SHAUN OF THE DEAD; reuniting with writing duo Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright for cult hit HOT FUZZ in 2007 and again in 2013 for THE WORLD’S END starring opposite Pegg and Nick Frost. In 2007 Martin starred opposite Jessica Hynes in the ‘mockumentary’ style film CONFETTI. One of Martin’s most well-known film roles remain that of the lead ‘Arthur Dent’ in THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY.
Martin’s stage credits also include: CLYBOURNE PARK and KOSHER HARRY at the Royal Court Theatre and BLUE EYES AND HEELS at the Soho Theatre.