Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbingdon arriving for the 2013 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
The Hobbit star plays Dr John Watson in the cult hit, sidekick to eccentric sleuth Sherlock, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, in the modernised TV adaptation of Conan Doyle’s classic detective stories.
Dedicated fans make pilgrimages to the sandwich shop featured in the show outside Sherlock’s home and the spot on the pavement where Sherlock apparently “died” at the end of the last series, and filming on the latest episodes has seen the cast dogged by crowds of fans with cameraphones as they try to shoot on location in London.
Martin told Empire magazine: “The reaction to it has been unlike any I’ve had to any other job I’ve done. I’ve got some great reactions to things I’m very proud of, but I don’t think any surpass Sherlock in terms of critical acclaim and numbers of people watching - and just a general feeling that you’re in a mini Beatlemania.”
The actor is sworn to secrecy about what writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have in store for the next series, but he admitted they all felt under pressure to live up to the hype.
He said: “We had a lot to live up to after the last run. Every time we do it we want to make something better and not rest on our laurels, which would be very easy to do.”
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Lucky fan with both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
THE stars of hit TV show Sherlock braved the cold to film scenes for the much-anticipated new series.
Portland Square was the backdrop last night as Benedict Cumberbatch, in the title role, was filmed in front of what appeared to be a large bonfire for the third installment of the crime drama, which is a modern update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes detective stories.
The show, which has now been sold in more than 180 countries, was first aired in three 90-minute episodes by the BBC in 2010.
It also stars Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson.
The series is produced by Hartswood Films for BBC Wales and is primarily filmed in Cardiff but Portland Square was chosen for a particular scene.
The BBC was tight-lipped last night about what the scenes filmed in Bristol would entail, to avoid any “spoilers” for fans.
Production of the third series was originally due to begin in January, but due to “availability reasons” it was pushed back to this month and started last week.
Martin Freeman has admitted he is not looking forward to filming the new series of Sherlock in blizzard conditions.
The Hobbit star - who was crowned Best Actor at the Jameson Empire Awards - has just begun filming the new series of the hit TV show with Benedict Cumberbatch, and faces long night shoots during the icy weather.
Martin said: “We’re going to be in Bristol tomorrow doing exteriors, and I think it will be freezing.
“I don’t know whether it’s actually snowing in Bristol at the moment, but either way it will be very, very cold and it will be hard - because we’re doing nights as well.”
The former star of The Office confessed he felt a bit embarrassed at the awards ceremony after realising his green suit and red shirt matched his gong perfectly.
Martin insisted he had not chosen the outfit on purpose. “No I didn’t! I like colour alright! But it is almost exactly the same isn’t it? It just looks like I’ve dressed to match, or as some sort of Christmas decoration. But I didn’t really twig that.”
The actor is returning to New Zealand in May for a few months more filming on Peter Jackson’s epic adaptation of The Hobbit.
He said: “I’m looking forward to going back. There are restaurants and record shops I’m looking forward to going back to. And it’s a lovely bunch of people as well, so to spend two more months out there is fine and dandy.”
He joked: “We’d better finish the films. I think it’s contractual we should finish them!”