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BAFTA to host career retrospective with Martin Freeman

28 May 2019
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‘BAFTA A Life in Pictures: Martin Freeman’ to take place on Saturday 22 June  

London, 28 May 2019: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today announced that BAFTA-winning actor Martin Freeman will discuss his career at a ‘BAFTA: A Life in Pictures’ event on Saturday 22 June.

‘BAFTA A Life in Pictures’ is a long-running series of onstage interviews in which some of the world’s leading film and television talent share insights into the experiences that helped them hone and develop their craft. The series has previously hosted figures including Annette Bening, Kenneth Branagh, Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Fincher, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley Sam Mendes, Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Vanessa Redgrave, Martin Scorsese, Kristin Scott Thomas, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet.

Martin Freeman first came to public attention in the BAFTA-winning British sitcom The Office, for which he received his first BAFTA nomination in 2004. Early film credits include Love Actually (2003), Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007), as well as lead roles in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) and Confetti (2006).

In 2011 Freeman won a BAFTA for playing Dr John Watson in the TV series Sherlock, in which he stars alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, and received a further BAFTA nomination in 2012, as well as an Emmy in 2014. Other major roles include Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit film trilogy (2012, 2013 and 2014) and Lester Nygaard in the award-winning Coen Brothers’ television adaptation of Fargo, which earned him Golden Globe and Emmy ‘Best Actor’ nominations. In 2016 Freeman first appeared as Everett K Ross in the Marvel blockbuster Captain America: Civil War, before reprising the role in Black Panther (2018), winner of the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Later this year, Martin Freeman will star in Jeff Pope’s six-part drama A Confession with Imelda Staunton. Freeman is also the co-creator and executive producer of new FX/SKY/Avalon comedy series Breeders, which chronicles the trials and tribulations of parenthood. Forthcoming feature films include The Operative alongside Diane Kruger, and Ode to Joy, from Modern Family director Jason Winer and The Colbert Report writer Max Werner. 

Freeman’s stage credits include Pinter Seven - A Slight Ache / The Dumb Waiter at the Harold Pinter Theatre, Richard III at Trafalgar Studios, Clybourne Park and Kosher Harry at the Royal Court Theatre, and Blue Eyes and Heels at the Soho Theatre.

Public tickets for ‘BAFTA A Life in Pictures: Martin Freeman’ will be available from 12.30pm on Friday 31 May at

Event and venue details:

BAFTA A Life in Pictures: Martin Freeman
Saturday 22 June at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, London, 19:00-20:30

Recordings of previous events in the A Life in Pictures series are available on BAFTA Guru, BAFTA’s online learning channel (

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