Sherlock star’s secret Hobbit

Martin Freeman reveals Benedict Cumberbatch will join him on The Hobbit

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Martin Freeman let slip at last night’s Bafta TV Awards that his Sherlock co-star Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast in Peter Jackson’s the Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit.

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Cumberbatch himself refused to confirm it, commenting only: “I can’t say at the moment, thank you very much.”

Freeman, who will play Bilbo Baggins in the film, later said: “I knew I was sort of a big mouth but I didn’t realise to what extent and I’ve just ruined everything. I might not actually go back to a job, they might have just sacked me.”

Sherlock won two awards at the Bafta ceremony: best supporting actor for Freeman and best drama series.

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A second series of the Conan Doyle reboot is in production. The Hobbit, which is to have an all-star cast including Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom and Stephen Fry, will be released in two parts with the first due in cinemas in December 2012.