Martin Freeman Feels 'More Famous' For His Role As Watson In Sherlock Than The Hobbit

The English actor said the BBC drama gives him his biggest 'fandom'

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He's gone from playing a fictional detective's sidekick to playing one of the biggest literary characters of all time - but Martin Freeman said he's actually more famous as Sherlock's Dr Watson than Bilbo Baggins!

Despite being the star of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit films, which have grossed hundreds of millions of pounds at box offices around the world, he said he thinks he's more famous for his role as the Baker Street detective's sidekick in the BBC drama.

Speaking to the Sun, Martin said: "In my life the strongest evidence of any fandom is Sherlock — Hobbit fans are positively restrained."

Martin Freeman says he's more famous for his role in Sherlock (seen here with co-star Benedict Cumberbatch) than The Hobbit (BBC)

Which comes as a surprise given the high anticipation surrounding the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second part in Jackson's trilogy, an adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien's famous and beloved book.

Then again, Sherlock fans are practically chomping at the bit for the third series of Sherlock, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is released in cinemas around the world from today and the third series of Sherlock will return on January 1st, and will be broadcast in the US on PBS three weeks later.

So Martin, 42, really is the man of the moment, not bad for a man who is best known to his British fans as the awkward and shy Tim Canterbury from Ricky Gervias's The Office.

Freeman returns as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, out this week (Warner Bros.Pictures)

But ever the humble star, Martin said he can only thank Jackson, Doctor Who's Steven Moffat and Mark Gattiss who writes Sherlock and, of course, Tolkien and Conan Doyle.

He said: "Obviously with both Tolkien and Conan Doyle, the stories are pretty sound and the writing is rather good. So if our incarnations of those things are half decent then we’ve got a chance.

"Sherlock is beautifully done, if I may say so myself. Even if I wasn’t in it, I would like the show. And Pete knows how to direct so, yeah, it’s keeping that alive I guess for 12, 13, 14-year-olds now.”

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