Martin Freeman needs very little introduction. The world fondly fell in love with his portrayal of Tim Canterbury in The Office, watched with excruciating delight as he politely fell in love on the film set in Love Actually and most recently he’s entered people’s homes and hearts as British television’s Watson and – a little closer to home – as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of The Hobbit. Freeman feels he has a lot to be thankful for in this life and he kindly took the time to tell us about it.
What’s happening in the world of Martin Freeman this year?
A lot, thankfully. Professionally, The Hobbit, Sherlock, The World's End ... Personally, many things to be grateful for. An English summer if I'm lucky.
Describe the most generous person you know and how they have influenced you.
Hmmm... Maybe Richard Curtis. As well as being a brilliant and busy screenwriter/director, he devotes pretty much half his life to Comic Relief in the UK, and has done for years. He is very modest about that; the fact that it has saved and improved so many lives is the most important thing he'll ever do.
Name an everyday action that makes the world a better place, yet is underrated.
Smiling. Saying 'please' and 'thank you'. Flirting. Not wearing black socks with brown shoes.
Tell us three things that inspire you and why.
Music has always been #1 and that hasn't changed.When I'm away from home, I go mad on Adam Curtis films. They're not exactly docos; they're a bit more artful than that but always inspiring, entertaining and educational.My children. If things are tough I cross myself and offer it up for them.
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