Martin Freeman, who starred in 'The Office', will return to the small screen as a struggling magician in a new TV comedy for Channel 4.

In 'Other People', which is currently in its pilot stage, he will play a 30-something who was successful as a teenager but is now struggling for success.

Freeman told Broadcast magazine: "It's about this guy who used to do all the big shows like the Royal Variety Performance and Saturday Superstore when he was 18, but is now a bit washed up.

Best known for playing Tim in 'The Office', Freeman has also starred in several films, including 'Love Actually', 'Shaun of the Dead', 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' and 'Hot Fuzz'.