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Sherlock star Martin Freeman backs Jeremy Corbyn as 'most impressive'

By Catherine Wylie

Published 28/08/2015

Endorsement: Martin Freeman
Endorsement: Martin Freeman

Hollywood star Martin Freeman has hailed Jeremy Corbyn as the most impressive Labour leadership contender.

But the Sherlock actor, who fronted a general election broadcast for Labour, also said he thinks Mr Corbyn's critics are correct.

In a session at the Edinburgh International Television Festival yesterday, Freeman was asked if Mr Corbyn would be his preference in Labour's leadership race, and he said "yes", but added that he thought his critics were right.

"And if it means we're in the wilderness... then it's no good at all," he said.

But Freeman added: "However, I happen to think that he is the most impressive one of the four. I do."

He said that while he respected all four contenders, Mr Corbyn was the "most impressive one as an individual".

Freeman said he did the general election film for Labour "just because, gun to the head, that's who I'm going to go with".

"It's always the best of a bad lot in politics," he added.

Mr Corbyn is up against Andy Burnham, Liz Kendall and Yvette Cooper. Back in March before the general election, Freeman's high-profile celebrity endorsement delighted Labour activists.

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