Martin Freeman has revealed that he receives more fanmail for Sherlock than The Hobbit.
The 41-year-old actor, who is currently shooting the final scenes for the final film in the Hobbit trilogy, explained that he gets more recognition from fans about the BBC series with Benedict Cumberbatch than Peter Jackson's big budget movie franchise.
Speaking to The Independent, Freeman said: "I get more 12-year-olds coming up to me than I used to. But, I promise, I still have a lot of conversations with people that have no idea who I am. Which is great for me as I usually just want to eat a bowl of pasta in peace.
"I'd have been quite happy being known as 'Tim from The Office' and now Bilbo Baggins and John Watson have come along.
"Sherlock is one of the biggest things I will do, ever - we could never have predicted that level of insanity around the series. I think that gets me more fan mail than Bilbo. Not that I think I am the biggest deal in the universe."
He added: "If someone had a pint with me, they'd find out pretty quickly I'm not so nice, I'm not Tim from The Office, although a lot of people still think I am. I have absolutely no problem telling someone to **** off."
Martin further admitted that in 2011 he turned down the role to play Bilbo Baggins, adding: "I had to turn it down because of being contractually obliged to do the second series of Sherlock for the BBC, which we are doing in the middle of this year," he said.
"When I found out I couldn't do both it was very sad. And then it was very flattering when Peter Jackson rearranged the filming around my availability."