David Tennant (born David John McDonald, 18.4.1971)
David Tennant is a Scottish TV and stage actor, best known for taking on the lead role of the BBC series Doctor Who.
Childhood: David Tennant was born in Bathgate, West Lothian and raised in Ralston, Renfrewshire. His father, Reverend Alexander McDonald was the local Church of Scotland minister. He was the youngest of three children and was educated at Ralston Primary school and then Paisley Grammar School.
It was at secondary school that David Tennant's talents were first recognized, by his English teacher, Moira Robertson. He studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He has since said that he has been doggedly determined to play Doctor Who from a very early age. He met Tom Baker at a book signing in Glasgow, which further cemented his ambition. When choosing his professional acting name, he was influenced by Neil Tennant of the band Pet Shop Boys.
Acting Roles: David Tennant's debut acting job, after graduating from drama school was in a performance of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, which also starred Ashley Jensen. He also landed an early role as a transsexual barmaid named Davina in an episode of Rab C Nesbitt.
David Tennant then worked with Arabella Weir on Takin' Over the Asylum. When he eventually moved to London, he lodged with her for five years. They have subsequently worked together on Posh Nosh (also starring Richard E. Grant) and the audio drama Exile.
Tennnant built a successful stage career with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He also appeared semi-naked onstage at the Royal National Theatre in Joe Orton's What The Butler Saw.
In Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer's Randall & Hopkirk, David Tennant played an eccentric Scottish artist in the first episode. He also appeared in a large number of BBC drama series, such as He Knew He Was Right with Bill Nighy, Blackpool with David Morrissey and Sarah Parish in The Quatermass Experiment.
Tennant has also appeared in a number of films, including Stephen Fry's Bright Young Things, which had a ensemble cast, including Emily Mortimer, Michael Sheen, James McAvoy and Dan Aykroyd. He also played the role of Barty Crouch Jr. in the film adaptation of JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The film also starred Daniel Radcliffe, Ralph Fiennes and Michael Gambon.
David Tennant had his name put forward for the role of Doctor Who before he actually landed it, missing out originally to Christopher Eccleston. When Eccleston announced that he would not return for a second series, David Tennant was confirmed as his replacement.
Among the actresses playing the Doctor's sidekicks have been Billie Piper, Jessica Hynes and Catherine Tate. He also played the Doctor in an episode of Ricky Gervais' comedy series Extras.
In May 2008, David Tennant appeared on Derren Brown's Trick or Treat, seemingly predicting the future using automatic handwriting.
In 2009, David Tennant starred in a BBC film version of the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Hamlet. He also filmed a pilot for a NBC show entitled Rex Is Not Your Lawyer and presented Comic Relief with Davina McCall. Tennant also played the role of Pomfrey in the December 2009 release of St. Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold.
Personal Life: David Tennant's mother, Helen, died of cancer in 2007. His father had a non-speaking cameo in the Doctor Who episode 'The Unicorn and the Wasp'.
The series will focus on an entirely new case for DI Hardy and DS Miller revolving around a sexual assault.
ITV has confirmed that drama ‘Broadchurch’, which stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman will be returning for a third and final eight part series. Joining Tennant and Colman will be five new cast members, ex-‘Coronation Street’ star Julie Hesmondhalgh, Georgina Campbell, Charlie Higson, Mark Bazely and Sarah Parish, who will have “significant roles” in the series.
David Tennant is retuning for the final series of ‘Broadchurch’.
The series will also see the return of Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan as Beth and Mark Latimer and Arthur Davill as parish vicar Paul Coates. While ITV are trying to keep plot details under wraps, they have confirmed the series will revolve around the investigation of a sexual assault case.
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The father of former Doctor Who star David Tennant has died aged 78.
The Very Reverend Dr Sandy MCDonald, an influential Scottish churchman, passed away on Thursday (17Mar16) after a battle with the degenerative lung disease pulmonary fibrosis.
The actor was extremely close to his father, using his acceptence speech when collecting a Special Recognition Award at Britain's National Television Awards last February (15) to dedicate the prize to his father.
"I would like to dedicate this to my dad, he's an inspiration and a role model so thanks Sandy," he said at the awards bash.
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Krysten Ritter finds it awkward to discuss sex scenes with older male directors.
The star of the Marvel’s Netflix show Jessica Jones loves that her TV production has plenty of women on board.
For the new issue of Esquire Krysten shared that working with women in leadership positions helps when it comes to discussing the show's sex scenes. For the accompanying photos the star is pictured in a black bodysuit on a motorcycle.
“I like to be in a position where I can be vulnerable and speak about things in a raw way... I don’t want to have those kinds of conversations with a dude. With, like, a man who’s older than my dad,” she admitted.
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Actors David Tennant, Dame Judi Dench, And Sir Ian Mckellen Are Teaming Up To Honour William Shakespeare On The 400th Anniversary Of The Playwright's Death.
David will host a live U.K. TV gala celebrating the life and work of Shakespeare in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, England on 23 April (16), the day on which the Bard was born and died.
The Shakespeare-based variety show, organised by the BBC and The Royal Shakespeare Company, will feature stars including Dame Judi and Ian as David pays tribute.
Joseph Fiennes, who played the literature icon in the Oscar-winning film Shakespeare In Love, will also appear at the event alongside musicians and dance groups.
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Aidan Turner And David Tennant Will Compete Against Each Other For The Top Acting Prize At Britain's National Television Awards.
The Hobbit star and the former Doctor Who have earned nods for Drama Performance for their roles in Poldark and crime drama Broadchurch respectively, and they will also go up against Sheridan Smith for police series Black Work and Suranne Jones for Doctor Foster.
The medical drama and Poldark also scored nominations on Tuesday's (05Jan16) shortlist, and will face competition from robot thriller Humans and Ordinary Lies for the New Drama prize.
Downton Abbey, which concluded in the U.K. over the festive season (15), is up for the Drama award alongside Doctor Who, Broadchurch and medical series Casualty, while Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, and The Big Bang Theory are nominated for best international series.
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Scottish Actor David Tennant's Bid To Extend His Home In London Has Been Rejected By Planning Officials.
The former Doctor Who star applied for permission to add an extra storey to his family's home in Chiswick, west London to accommodate his growing brood, following the birth of his third child with his actress wife Georgia Moffett in November (15).
The proposal faced heavy opposition from locals and conservation groups, and Tennant even made a public plea for approval at a community meeting in November (15), but his attempts failed to change the minds of officials at Hounslow Council.
They rejected his application last week (ends13Dec15), ruling that raising the roof of the Victorian villa to add a third storey would "harm the historic and architectural character of the site".
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British Actor David Tennant Is Celebrating After Reportedly Becoming A Dad Again.
The former Doctor Who star recently welcomed a daughter, his third child with his actress wife Georgia Moffett, who also has a son from a previous relationship, according to British newspaper the London Evening Standard.
David adopted his wife's little boy, and they are now said to be parents to four kids following the new arrival this month (Nov15).
The Scottish star, who is notoriously private about his personal life, reportedly confirmed the baby news during a gathering of his neighbours at a community meeting in London.
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Former Doctor Who Co-stars David Tennant And Catherine Tate Are Teaming Up Again To Bring The Tv Timelord To Life On A Series Of Audio Books.
The two Brits appeared in the popular TV sci-fi franchise from 2006 to 2010, when Tennant was the 10th Doctor. Comedienne Tate was his assistant, Donna Noble.
The actors will reprise their characters for the three episodes of Doctor Who - The Tenth Doctor Adventures for British production company Big Finish. The audio books are set for release in May (16).
"I love working with Catherine because of the life that she brings to something and the way that she can turn the most mundane line into something glorious and sparkling," Tennant says.
The pair starred in the ever-popular BBC sci-fi series from 2006 to 2010, and will reprise their roles in three audio productions for Big Finish next year.
The 44 year old Scottish actor, who played the tenth incarnation of the Doctor from 2005 to 2010, will be reunited with his on-screen assistant Catherine Tate, who once again plays the Doctor’s companion Donna Noble.
Tennant proved to be a hugely popular Doctor Who, taking over from Christopher Eccleston who helped re-boot the series the year before. He was last seen in the 50th anniversary special in 2013, briefly reprising his take on the regenerating timelord.
Continue reading: David Tennant To Reunite With Catherine Tate In 'Doctor Who' Audiobooks
Rocker Ricky Wilson Dressed Up As Sir Elton John And Actor David Tennant Donned Drag As Kiki Dee To Perform The Pair's Duet On Tv.
The Kaiser Chiefs frontman hosts Britain's new music-themed panel show Bring The Noise, which debuts in the U.K. on Thursday night (22Oct15).
David was among the guests for the first episode, and he filmed a comedy skit with Ricky, covering Sir Elton's classic song Don't Go Breaking My Heart.
The former Doctor Who star wore a pink pinafore and a wig to play Kiki and sing with Ricky, who is dressed as the Rocket Man star in a 1970s-style costume.
Continue reading: Ricky Wilson And David Tennant Dress Up To Cover Elton John Song
Date of birth
18th April, 1971
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