Martin Freeman, 49, is dating French actress Rachel Mariam, 28

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

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

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.

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)

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.

‘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.’ 

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.

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. 

New relationship: According to a report, the Hobbit actor, 49, has found love again with fellow thespian and writer Rachel, 29 (pictured earlier this month)

New relationship: According to a report, the Hobbit actor, 49, has found love again with fellow thespian and writer Rachel, 29 (pictured earlier this month)

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)

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.

MailOnline has contacted Martin’s representatives for further comment. 

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

The former couple share two children, son Joe, 14, and their 12-year-old daughter Grace. The Mr Selfridge actress previously admitted she kept their break-up a secret for six months.

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

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.’

‘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.’    

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

‘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. 

‘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.

‘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.’ 

Co-stars: Sherlock's 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’s 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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