Martin Freeman is upset he’s “one of seven British actors” not in the Harry Potter films

"For a long time, it was just me and six other people staring through the window, orphans in a Dickens book"

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Actor Martin Freeman has a huge franchise under his belt, playing Bilbo Baggins in all three of director Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies. However, he admits he’s a little upset he wasn’t in any of the eight Harry Potter films.

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“For a long time I was one of seven British actors who wasn’t in Harry Potter, you know?” Freeman joked to US chat show host Jimmy Fallon last night. 

“For a long time, it was just me and six other people staring through the window, orphans in a Dickens book,” he adds, after not being cast alongside the likes of Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon in the big-screen adaptations of JK Rowling’s novels. 

It’s not too late, of course. Rowling’s got another trilogy heading to cinemas in the form of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, an adaptation of a textbook from the series

I’ve already said how much I’d like to see In The Flesh star Luke Newberry play the main character ‘magizoologist’ Newt Scamander (who incidentally starred alongside Freeman in an episode of Sherlock). There’s a #LukeforNewt going on Twitter. Let’s add #MF4FB to the mix, eh?

Check out the interview here:

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