• Freema Agyeman is a British actress known best for her role in the family adventure series “Doctor Who”
• She gained recognition in 2006 with her portrayal of Shakira Washington in the long-running crime drama “The Bill”
• She has played lead characters in three popular series such as “The Carrie Diaries”, “Old Jack’s Boat”, and “Sense8”
• Freema has won two of the seven awards she has been nominated for
• She is in a relationship with her long-term boyfriend Luke Roberts and her net worth is estimated at over $4 million
Who is Freema Agyeman?
Freema Agyeman was born in London, England, on 20 March 1979 – her zodiac sign is Pisces and she holds British nationality. She’s an actress who’s probably still known best for her portrayal of Martha Jones and two other characters in the family adventure series “Doctor Who”, created by Sydney Newman, and which currently stars Jodie Whittaker, Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie. It follows the adventures of the alien who calls himself Doctor, the series has been airing since the 1950s, and has won 116 awards of the 326 for which it’s been nominated.
Early life, family and education
Freema was raised in London alongside her sister Leila and brother Dominic, by their Ghanaian father Osei, and their Iranian mother Azar. Her parents divorced when she was still very young.
She became interested in acting while attending a local elementary school, and it was her teacher who encouraged her to appear in her first school play. Upon enrolling at Our Lady’s Convent RC High School in 1993, Freema became physically active as she joined the school’s soccer team, and also played tennis and badminton. In the summer of 1996, she practiced acting at the Ann Scher Theater School, and upon matriculating in the following year, she enrolled at Middlesex University from which she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in drama in 2000.
Roles in TV series
Freema made her debut TV series appearance in 2003, with her portrayal of Lola Wise in the long-running drama “Crossroads” which received mixed reviews, and she went on to make a guest appearance in an episode of several series, including the 2004 drama “Casualty”, the comedy drama “Mile High” and the mystery crime drama “Silent Witness” both in 2005.
She gained recognition in 2006 when she portrayed the supporting character Shakira Washington in three episodes of the long-running crime drama “The Bill”, created by Geoff McQueen and which starred Graham Cole, Jeff Stewart and Trudie Goodwin. It aired from 1984 to 2010, winning seven of the 33 awards it was nominated for, and follows the lives of police officers and detectives working at a London police station.
The year 2008 saw Freema appear as Martha Jones in three episodes of the mystery action drama “Torchwood”, and in the same year, she starred as Tattycoram in the romantic mystery drama “Little Dorrit” which also starred Tom Courtenay and Claire Foy, and follows Amy Dorrit who’s spending most of her time working to provide for her family as well as for her father. It was a hit winning eight awards of the 41 it was nominated for, including a Golden Globe. From 2009 to 2011, Freema played one of the lead characters Alesha Phillips in the mystery crime drama “Law & Order: UK” created by Dick Wolf and which also starred Bradley Walsh and Robert Glenister. It follows the British police as they’re catching criminals, and the British lawyers who are prosecuting them.
Freema went on to play lead characters in three popular series: the romantic comedy “The Carrie Diaries” in 2013 and ‘14, the family drama “Old Jack’s Boat” from 2013 to ’15, and the mystery science fiction drama “Sense8” from 2015 to ‘18. Her most recent role in a TV series has been her portrayal of the main character Dr. Helen Sharpe from 2018 to 2021, in the drama “New Amsterdam”, which also stars Ryan Eggold and Jocko Sims, and follows a new hospital director making new rules to fix the broken system at the oldest public hospital in America. It has won three awards.
Roles in movies
Freema made her debut film appearance with her portrayal of Shaheen in the 2004 short drama “Aisha the American”, written and directed by Emily Abt and which starred Rebecca Bowden, Kayvan Salmanpour and Salima Saxton.
It follows the life of a young American-born Muslim girl studying in London where she’s dating Rashid and is living with her cousin Fatimah.
In 2006, Freema was cast to play Nana in her first feature film “Rulers and Dealers” which failed to attract any attention and gained mixed reviews, and she then made her voicing debut when she voiced Martha Jones in the animated science fiction adventure “Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest”. The year 2013 saw her portray the lead character Trudy in the drama “Rubenesque” and in 2014, she starred as Ellen Townsend in the thriller “Six Degrees of Assassination” which failed to attract any attention. In 2015, Freema played the lead character Penny in the thriller “North v South” written and directed by Steven Nesbit and which also starred Judith Alexander and Keith Allen.
It follows two people who are in love but are on the opposing sides during the war between the criminals of the North and the South, and the movie won one of the four awards it was nominated for.
Freema’s most recent role in a movie has been her portrayal of the main character Angel in the 2017 action horror comedy “Eat Locals”, written by Danny King, directed by Jason Flemyng and which also starred Adrian Bower and Roman Clark. It follows eight vampire overlords who have gathered for a meeting, which ends in a lot of blood and many corpses.
Freema has appeared in various TV specials including “The Mobo Awards 2006”, “The National Television Awards 2007”, and “The British Academy Television Awards” in 2010.
— Freema Agyeman (@FreemaOfficial) April 18, 2020
She has been featured in various documentaries, including the 2007 series “Totally Doctor Who”, the 2008 series “Torchwood Declassified”, and the 2009 short film “Little Dorrit: An Insight”.
Freema has also appeared in various talks-shows, such as “The New Paul O’Grady Show” in 2009, “This Morning” in 2017, and “Entertainment Tonight Canada” in 2019.
Awards and nominations
Freema has won two of the seven awards she has been nominated for: she won a 2007 Screen Nation Film and Television Award for Favorite Female TV Star for her performance in the series “Doctor Who”, and in 2020 a CinEuphoria Freedom of Expression – Honorary Award for her performance in the series “New Amsterdam”.
Some of the other awards she has been nominated for include a 2007 TV Quick Award for Best Actress for “Doctor Who”, a 2011 TV Choice Award for Best Actress for “Law & Order: UK” and a 2016 National Film Award for Best Actress for “North v South”.
Love life and spouse
Freema’s keeping the details of her love life to herself but it is known that she has been in a relationship with her long-term boyfriend Luke Roberts for a while now. There are rumors circulating the internet that the two have been together since 2007, while the others claim that they began dating in 2015.
Luke Roberts is a British actor who was born in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, on 5 October 1977, making his zodiac sign Libra. He’s probably still known best for his portrayal of Joseph Byrne, one of the lead characters in the long-running drama “Holby City”, which has been airing since 1999 numbering over 1,500 episodes.
Luke has been credited with appearing in around 30 movies and TV series.
Freema hasn’t spoken about any other men she has perhaps dated, and as of March 2021, she’s in a relationship with Luke Roberts, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Freema grew up being very sporting, as she practiced martial arts and did gymnastics. She was an avid gymnast and wanted to pursue it as a career, however, acting made her change her mind. Freema today works out several times at the gym each week, while she’s also taking good care of her mental health by meditating and doing yoga nearly every day.
Freema’s a lover of animals with horses being her favorites – she was 12 when she learned to ride. She also likes cats and dogs, but doesn’t have pets as she lacks the time to take proper care of them.
She’s a fan of tattoos, and has one on her upper arm which reads ‘raha’ (Persian) and stands for ‘free’. Freema also has a tattoo of a butterfly.
She has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Matt Damon, Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, and a couple of her favorite movies are “Good Will Hunting”, “Dear John” and “Letters to Juliette”.
Age, height and net worth
Freema’s age is 41. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 2ins (1.57m) and she weighs around 105lbs (48kgs).
As of March 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $4 million.