Martin Freeman

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Martin Freeman
LifetimeSeptember 8, 1971
PortrayedBilbo Baggins in:
 The Hobbit (film series)
"Despite the various rumors and speculation surround this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us"
Peter Jackson[1]

Martin Freeman portrayed Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit (film series).[1] The role was previously played by Ian Holm in The Lord of the Rings films.


As far back as 2007 rumors were circulating by fans that Freeman would be an ideal candidate.[2] On October 11, 2010 Freeman confirmed he had to turn down the role due to scheduling conflicts,[3] however he was officially announced for the role on October 21, 2010.[4]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Deadline, "Peter Jackson Sets First Names For 'The Hobbit'", 21 October 2010 (accessed 23 October 2010)
  2. MTV Movies Blog, "Will Martin Freeman Hitch A Ride To 'The Hobbit'?", 17 September 2007 (accessed 23 October 2010)
  3. Empire, "Martin Freeman Talks The Hobbit", 11 October 2010 (accessed 23 October 2010)
  4. Wired, "Hobbit Movies Get Their Bilbo: Martin Freeman", 22 October 2010 (accessed 23 October 2010)

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