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Actor Martin Freeman admits that he has beaten his son, 14 and daughter, 11

Actor Martin Freeman admits that he has beaten his son (14) and daughter (11) and called them “little friends” when they were younger

  • Martin Freeman, 48, said he had executed the penalties despite the ban at home
  • Son Joe, 14 and daughter Grace, 11, are both beaten, he said
  • Hobbit actor spoke for his upcoming series Breeders on Sky1

Actor Martin Freeman admitted that he hit his son (14) and daughter (11) and called them ‘little friends’ when they were younger.

The Hobbit actor, 48, said he had beaten his children Joe and Grace twice and swore to them more than twice.

The father of two also admitted that it was a rule at home with his former partner actress Amanda Abbington, 45, not to do either of the actions with the children “but you know, I did both.”

Martin Freeman admitted he had beaten his children, although the punishment at home was forbidden by his former wife Amanda Abbington. They are shown together at the Los Angeles premiere of The Desolation of Smaug in December 2013

Martin Freeman admitted he had beaten his children, although the punishment at home was forbidden by his former wife Amanda Abbington. They are shown together at the Los Angeles premiere of The Desolation of Smaug in December 2013

The Hobbit actor depicted in the first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit actor depicted in the first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit actor depicted in the first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

“I know I’m not allowed to do it, but there are so many images of how (parenting) all have to be just brilliant that people feel bad,” he said in a candid interview with The Sunday Times.

“Because it’s not brilliant. I mean, it’s – it’s the best thing I’ll do. But that does not mean that it is not really difficult. This idea that you only rationalize with a toddler? Really good luck. If you could do that, God goes with you. Astonishing.

“I’m not proud that I did that, but I did it. I don’t think it’s a policy. And I’ll do it again! “

It is illegal to beat children under the Children Act 2004 unless it means “reasonable punishment.”

The Sherlock Holmes actor said he had beaten his children twice and swore to them more than twice. He is pictured with ex-wife Mrs. Abbington at the National Movie Awards, London, in 2010

The Sherlock Holmes actor said he had beaten his children twice and swore to them more than twice. He is pictured with ex-wife Mrs. Abbington at the National Movie Awards, London, in 2010

And on the This Morning bank in August last year

And on the This Morning bank in August last year

The Sherlock Holmes actor said he had beaten his children twice and swore to them more than twice. He is pictured with ex-wife Mrs. Abbington at the National Movie Awards, London, in 2010, and on This Morning Bank in August last year

The NSPCC has called for a complete ban on smacking and says it only gives children a bad example of how to deal with strong emotions, can encourage bullying, and cause them to lie or hide feelings to avoid punishment.

Scotland became the first country in the UK to ban smacking in 2019, and Wales will ban smacking by 2022 after a vote in the country’s assembly.

The Sherlock Holmes actor spoke for his new Sky1 series Breeders, in which he plays an angry father, which will be broadcast on 12 March.

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