Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Winging It for a Wacky Screen Wedding

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Winging It for a Wacky Screen Wedding

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Winging it for a wacky screen wedding

Confetti opens in cinemas today

Just a couple of years ago he was a disgruntled office worker with the boss from hell. These days, actor Martin Freeman is in career heaven.

He's become one of Britain's biggest comedy stars since appearing as Tim, the put-upon sales rep in the smash-hit TV series The Office, and no-one is more surprised than the classically-trained actor himself.

"I am very surprised," he exclaims. "When I was training at drama school I wouldn't have thought I would be making most of my living doing comedy.

"It wasn't the plan, but don't get me wrong. I really liked the opportunity to do it and I love doing it now."

However, the modest star is taking none of his new-found fame for granted.

"This time next year I might not be working. You never feel completely safe in this business," he says. "It's a business that really gives you a slap in the face and a cold glass of water thrown over you."

For now though, the comedy star has plenty to laugh about. As well as a flourishing TV and movie career, and several prestigious Hollywood projects in the pipeline, he's just become a dad and it's that above everything which has put a big smile on his face.

"It's great," he says with his trademark boyish grin. "I'm absolutely loving it."

Martin's partner, actress Amanda Abbington, gave birth to their first baby just four months ago and he says fatherhood has helped convince him not to uproot to Hollywood, despite the increasing offers from LA.

"Having a baby was definitely a factor. I want to raise my child here, but even without that I can't see myself upping sticks," explains the 34-year-old star.

"I love London, I love being in London and everything I have and love is here," he adds. "I'm more than happy to do good American films and then to come back. I've no attraction or plans to be based permanently out there."

There's no getting away from the fact that he is in demand there though. His forthcoming movie The Good Night, was directed by Jake Paltrow, brother of actress Gwyneth who also appears in the film, and he's about to raise his profile even further with a role in the new Anthony Minghella film Breaking And Entering.

However, the unassuming Aldershot-born star insists he can still walk down the street in LA unrecognised ( and that's the way he likes it.

"Their reaction to me is generally indifference," he says of his US fan base.

"They mostly know me from Love Actually," he adds referring to the Richard Curtis comedy. "The last time I was there people in their mid-twenties would come up and say I was in their favourite film ever and I'd think, `I've been in Ali G, Hitchhiker's Guide and Love Actually' and couldn't think which one they meant.

"I'm surprised when they tell me it's Love Actually and then they usually ask me if I've done anything else, assuming I've been unemployed since then because people there haven't seen The Office or other stuff I've been in," he laughs. …

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