When I saw Martin Freeman was to play Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, I was delighted. Hobbits are gentle, cheerful sorts who enjoy good food, good company and living in their wonderful underground homes . . . very earthy sorts. Martin, who has a Virgo Sun conjunct Venus and a Taurus Moon, fits right in.
Martin and his fellow cast member in The Hobbit, Richard Armitage, are the same age with their birth dates about two weeks apart. They do share many of the same planets within a degree or two including Mars in Aquarius and all the outer planets. However, Richard has his Sun-Venus conjunction in dramatic Leo, a very eye-catching aspect whilst Martin’s Sun-Venus conjunction in Virgo gives him a quite different kind of appeal. He has a sweetness to his expressions and can only be describes as “cute”. Virgo tends to shun the spotlight Leo loves to bask in. I imagine this has made it easier for Martin to live an ordinary life, going about his business seldom being recognized.
Even though I don’t have a birth time for Martin, I do believe his Moon is in Taurus rather than Aries. He describes himself as “a creature of habit, mashed-potato comfort. I like rugs. Our sofa is squishy. Maybe too squishy. It’s hard to get up sometimes.” Plus he is very much the family man who has two children with his longtime partner, actress Amanda Abbington.
Mercury, always a key player in any Virgo’s chart, is in Leo and squared by Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Sagittarius. It is semi-sextile to Pluto in Virgo as well. The square to Neptune and Jupiter are reflected in Martin’s ability to disappear into the role he is playing and the semi-sextile to Pluto is wonderful for remembering all the important details necessary for creating a convincing character. Martin is known for his dry wit and comedic abilities which I attribute to Jupiter’s influence.
Like Bilbo, Martin does have a more adventurous side with his Mars in Aquarius trine Uranus in Libra which also gives one excellent reflexes and the ability to learn physical skills easily . . . very useful when playing fighting scenes and scrambling about the steep New Zealand landscape. Additionally Martin has Saturn in Gemini within orb for a Mars-Saturn trine. [I felt this same aspect in Richard’s chart was just too wide.] Saturn tones down the more extreme side of the Mars-Uranus aspect, civilizing it as it were.
Martin is also playing Watson in the BBC production of Sherlock – he took leave to go to New Zealand to film The Hobbit trilogy. This is where I first saw him and loved him in that role. I look forward to seeing more of Martin in the next two Hobbit movies as well as on Sherlock. Fun!