Lester Nygaard – Martin Freeman

Lester Nygaard

As an insurance salesman, Lester is good-natured and earnest, but has spent his life slowly being brow-beaten by the world around him. An emasculating wife, a successful brother and a humiliating experience with and old high school classmate finally push Lester over the edge, with a little inspiration from a stranger by the name of Lorne Malvo, Lester embraces a darker side of himself.

Martin Freeman

Martin Freeman has most recently starred in the third series of the hugely celebrated BBC drama Sherlock, which also aired in the U.S. on PBS, in which Freeman plays the role of “Dr. John Watson” opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. He was also recently seen reprising his role as “Bilbo Baggins” in Peter Jackson’s hugely celebrated The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The first fi lm in the Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, opened to rave reviews and the second fi lm continued the success by breaking previous box offi ce records in both the U.K. and U.S. Freeman will return later this year in the third and fi nal film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

For his role in Sherlock, Freeman earned an Emmy® Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor, won the 2011 BAFTA® Award for Best Supporting Actor and garnered another nomination the following year. One of Freeman’s most notable television credits remains his role of “Tim Canterbury” in the hugely successful BBC series The Offi ce, for which he received BAFTA nominations in 2002 and once again in 2004.

Freeman’s numerous fi lm credits include the 2003 box offi ce success Love Actually, the spoof horror comedy Shaun of the Dead, and he reunited with writing duo Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright on the cult hit Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. He starred in the 2007 mockumentary-style fi lm Confetti, which follows three couples as they battle it out to win the coveted title of “Most Original Wedding of the Year.” One of Freeman’s most well-known fi lm roles is “Arthur Dent” in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. His additional fi lm credits include Nativity!, and Aardman Animation’s The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

On stage, Freeman’s credits include the hugely successful production of Clybourne Park at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Dominic Cooke; Kathy Burke’s Kosher Harry at the Royal Court; and Blue Eyes and Heels by Toby Whithouse at Soho Theatre for director Jonathan Lloyd.

Lorne Malvo – Billy Bob Thornton

Lorne Malvo 

Some might call him a drifter, others a gun for hire, others still a spirit or trickster, or devil. Lorne Malvo moves from place to place turning people’s lives upside down. Sometimes he does it for money, sometimes for fun. He has killed many people, but he is not a serial killer. He has stolen sums large and small, but he is not a thief. The fact that there is no crime he won’t commit, doesn’t mean he’s a criminal by any definition you’d understand. The truth is, he is fascinated by the search to find the weakness in everybody that he can exploit, to see what it takes to turn a civilized person into an animal.

Billy Bob Thornton

Academy Award®-winning writer, actor, director and musician, Billy Bob Thornton has an extensive and impressive career in motion pictures, television and theater. Charismatic and uniquely talented, Thornton has established himself as one of the most sought after actor/filmmakers of his generation. Currently celebrating a high water mark in his career, Thornton will next be seen in The Judge, Cut Bank and London Fields.

In 2003, he garnered a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his role in the criticallyacclaimed box-offi ce hit Bad Santa, and in 2004 he received rave reviews for his portrayal of legendary frontiersman “Davy Crockett” in The Alamo.

Showing the versatility of his acting abilities, Thornton starred in the 2001 caper comedy Bandits, the noir The Man Who Wasn’t There for the Coen Brothers and the heart wrenching drama Monster’s Ball. Each of the three performances garnered Thornton unprecedented critical acclaim, and resulted in him being named Best Actor of 2001 by the National Board of Review, Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor in a Drama for The Man Who Wasn’t There and Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for Bandits, and an American Film Institute Award nomination for Best Actor for The Man Who Wasn’t There.

Most recently Thornton directed, co-wrote and co-starred in the Jayne Mansfi eld’s Car. He has also been featured in such fi lms as Parkland, the re-make of The Bad News Bears, Friday Night Lights, Indecent Proposal, Tombstone, Levity, Intolerable Cruelty, the blockbuster action-adventure film Armageddon, U-Turn, Primary Colors, Pushing Tin and Love Actually. Additionally, Thornton co-wrote The Gift.

Thornton’s 1996 release of the criticallyacclaimed and phenomenally popular feature fi lm Sling Blade, which he starred in and directed from an original script he wrote, fi rmly secured his status as a preeminent fi lmmaker. For his efforts, he was honored with both an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

Prior to Sling Blade, Thornton already had an extensive motion picture credit list. He wrote and starred in the thrilling character drama One False Move, which brought him immediate critical praise. Thornton’s powerful script (co-written with Tom Epperson) was enhanced by his intense performance as a hunted criminal. Thornton received an Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his celebrated work in the tightly woven drama A Simple Plan, as well as a Best Supporting Actor award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the Screen Actors Guild.

For his second and third directorial outings, Thornton chose the comedy Daddy And Them, which he again wrote and starred in, and the best-selling Cormac McCarthy novel, the epic All The Pretty Horses. Thornton also directed The King of Luck, a documentary about country music legend and  longtime friend Willie Nelson.


Fargo wins big at the Golden Globes

Fargo walked away as a big winner at Golden Globe awards. The series won in the Best TV Movie or Mini-Series category, while Billy Bob Thorton won for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie.

Actors Martin Freeman, Alison Tolman and Colin Hanks were also up for Golden Globes. Fargo reurns to AMC every Wednesday at 22:00 CET.