Martin Freeman has worked in a string of successful TV shows and movies in recent years to make him one of the most recognisable faces in British acting.
And this week once again sees him grace the big screen in comedy movie Nativity that will get us all in a festive mood.
Freeman kicked off his career in TV with shows such as Casualty, The Bill and This Life but it was the role of Tim Canterbury in The Office that really shot him to fame.
He appeared in all fourteen episodes of the hit comedy and it wasn't long before movies came calling. And comedy is where he stayed with Ali G In Da House and Love Actually.
Love Actually saw him join the ensemble cast of Bill Nighty, Keira Knightley, Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman.
The movie was a big hit and Freeman's career was on the up. Over the next couple of years a string of roles came his way which brought him success.
He made a cameo appearance in Shaun of the Dead before going onto the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Confetti.
He took on a more serious role in 2006 when he starred alongside Jude Law and Robin Wright Penn in Breaking and Entering and saw him work with Academy Award winning filmmaker Anthony Minghella.
But during this time he continued to mix TV and movie work as he starred in Hardware and Charles II: The Power and The Passion, another dramatic role.
Nativity is Freeman's first movie release of 2009 and he is back to his comedy roots as he stars alongside Ashely Jensen and Jason Watkins.
Primary school teacher Paul Maddens decides to take on the biggest challenge of his life - staging his school's musical production of the Nativity.
Competing against his arch rival at the local private school for the coveted best reviewed show in town, the stakes are raised when a potential visit from a Hollywood agent sends everyone involved into a festive frenzy.
But the next few months is going to be a busy time for the actor with Wild Target and HIV: The Musical awaiting release.
He is currently filming Swinging with the Finkles and Sherlock is currently awaiting airing on TV, in which he plays Watson.
Nativity is released 27th November
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