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Will 'The Hobbit' finally turn Martin Freeman into a stateside star?

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Image Credit: Jon Furniss/WireImage.comGood gravy, I really hope so. As Tim on the original Office, Freeman’s flustered charms endeared him to audiences, if not his beloved Dawn. I know, I know, we all love John Krasinski very much, but Freeman pioneered the sheepish glances to the camera that make the Tim/Jim character so connected to the audience. He followed up that role with the equally smitten John, the porn stand-in, in Love Actually.

His other major role was as Arthur Dent in the 2005 adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which was sort of a dud, although Freeman continued to be Adorable British Guy, At Your Service. Currently, he’s staring as Watson in the dazzling BBC reboot of Sherlock Holmes, which airs on PBS starting this very Sunday:

So, PopWatchers, do you think he’s the right Bilbo Baggins?

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