Martin Freeman is reportedly dating a French actress 21 years his junior, four years after his split from his long-term partner, Amanda Abbington.

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According to a report, the Hobbit actor, 49, has found love again with fellow thespian and writer Rachel Mariam, 28, whom he was first spotted with earlier this month.

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A source has claimed the screen star introduced his new girlfriend to his friends before lockdown, and the couple are currently enjoying quality time together at his North London home.

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New love: Martin Freeman is reportedly dating a French actress called Rachel Martin, who is 21 years his junior (pictured together earlier this month)

New love: Martin Freeman is reportedly dating a French actress called Rachel Martin, who is 21 years his junior (pictured together earlier this month)

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The insider told The Sun: ‘It’s still early days but they are getting on really well. They both love the same films and Martin supports her acting and writing career.

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‘They have spent quite a bit of time together at his home in North London because of Covid, but Rachel was able to meet some of his friends before lockdown.’ 

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Rachel was born in Toulouse, France, and has been appeared on shows such as BBC’s critically-acclaimed hit Normal People and YouTube series Call It a Day.

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The rising star also boasts a promising writing career, having competed against Shia LaBeouf’s Honey Boy as a semi-finalist for her feature script Juliet Is Fine in the 2020 Save The Cat Screenplay Challenge. 

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Former partner: The Black Panther star split from his long-term girlfriend and the mother of his two children, Amanda Abbington, in late 2016 after a 16-year romance (pictured in 2015)

Former partner: The Black Panther star split from his long-term girlfriend and the mother of his two children, Amanda Abbington, in late 2016 after a 16-year romance (pictured in 2015)

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On her blossoming relationship, Martin’s new lady uploaded a sweet image of the pair coordinating in shades as they headed to a screening for Long Hot Summers.

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MailOnline has contacted Martin’s representatives for further comment. 

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Sherlock star Martin split from his on-screen wife Amanda, 46, in late 2016 following a 16-year romance.

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The former couple share two children, son Joe, 14, and their 12-year-old daughter Grace. 

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The Mr Selfridge actress previously admitted she kept their break-up a secret for six months.

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Rising star: Rachel was born in Toulouse, France, and has been appeared on shows such as BBC's critically-acclaimed hit Normal People (pictured C) and YouTube series Call It a Day

Rising star: Rachel was born in Toulouse, France, and has been appeared on shows such as BBC’s critically-acclaimed hit Normal People (pictured C) and YouTube series Call It a Day

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Mother-of-two Amanda told The Sunday Times magazine: ‘When we broke up nobody knew, we didn’t tell anybody except for a few key people because they had to know, because of the logistics of hotels and stuff.’

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‘We still get on really well, we still really both admire each other as actors… he’s a great guy, but we just couldn’t live with each other any more.’    

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Proving to be amicable exes, Martin said in a separate interview with Radio Times: ‘We split up a while ago.

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‘I mean, we’re very friendly and it’s all lovely and cool. Yes, we’ve not been together for a while. I mean, we did the series not together. 

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‘I’m all right, yes. I mean, we’re honest to God doing it [separating] in about as civilised a manner as I’ve ever heard of, you know.

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‘I love Amanda’s work. I think she’s brilliant as an actor and she’s brilliant as a woman and, yes, I love her. I will always love Amanda, but, yes, we’re… you know, that’s what’s happened.’ 

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Co-stars: Sherlock stars Martin and Amanda, 46, starred as on-screen couple Dr. John Watson and Mary Watson in the BBC series (pictured in 2016's season after their split)

Co-stars: Sherlock stars Martin and Amanda, 46, starred as on-screen couple Dr. John Watson and Mary Watson in the BBC series (pictured in 2016’s season after their split)

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