Martin was last seen on television screens in BBC Two’s ‘The Eichmann Show’ starring as producer Milton Fruchtman. This true life feature 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. Directed by Paul Andrew Williams, ‘The Eichmann Show’ also stars Anthony LaPagila, Rebecca Front and Andy Nyman.
In December, Martin was seen in cinemas reprising his role of ‘Bilbo Baggins’ in the final installment of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ series, ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’. The first film in the Hobbit trilogy, ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’, opened to rave reviews, and the second film continued the success by breaking previous box office records and topping both the UK and US box office charts.
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’, in which he starred opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Colin Hanks. At the beginning of 2014, Martin starred in the third series of the hugely celebrated BBC drama ‘Sherlock’, which also aired in the US on PBS. 2014 saw Martin win the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ Emmy for his portrayal of ‘Dr John Watson’.
2014 also saw Martin take to the stage to play the title role of ‘Richard III’ at the Trafalgar Studios as part of the Trafalgar Transformed season. The show, directed by Jamie Lloyd opened in June to critical acclaim, and saw a huge increase in the number of audience members who had previously never attended a West End performance.
Since 2010 Martin has been seen playing the role of ‘Dr John Watson’ in the award winning ‘Sherlock’. In addition to his Emmy win and nomination, this cult show saw Martin win ‘Best Supporting Actor’ at the 2011 BAFTA awards and receive an additional nomination in 2012. One of Martin’s most notable television credits remains his role of 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’, which follows three couples as they battle it out to win the coveted title of ‘Most Original Wedding of the Year.’ One of Martin’s most well known film roles remains that of the lead ‘Arthur Dent’ in ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. The film, one of many adaptations of the original radio comedy broadcast was directed by Garth Jennings and saw Martin star with Bill Bailey, Zooey Deschanel and Sam Rockwell.
Previously on stage Martin appeared in the hugely successful production of ‘Clybourne Park’ at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Dominic Cooke. Other stage credits include Kathy Burke’s ‘Kosher Harry’ at the Royal Court and ‘Blue Eyes and Heels’ by Toby Whithouse at Soho Theatre for director Jonathan Lloyd.
Martin’s most recent projects due for release include the feature film ‘Fun House’ starring Tina Fey and Margot Robbie, directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, based on a memoir by Kim Barker. He also stars in the next Marvel film, ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and actor/director Phil Davis’s short film ‘Midnight of my Life’ about Steve Marriott of the Small Faces.