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 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
‘Jessica Jones’ will be released in November on Netflix.
Jessica Jones, a lesser known Marvel superhero, is heading to Netflix. A show centering entirely on Jones will premiere on Netflix in November. The streaming service made the announcement on Thursday (10th September).
Krysten Ritter filming for Jessica Jones in New York, July 2015.
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He's finally won his Best Actor Oscar, but we've seen it coming for years.
Eddie Redmayne caused no surprise when he landed the award for Best Actor at the 2015 Oscars, following his role as a young Stephen Hawking in his epic biopic 'The Theory Of Everything' which had already won him a BAFTA and a Golden Globe.
Eddie Redmayne wins Best Actor
It was a foreseeable win, and one that Hawking himself has admitted he's very proud of for Redmayne. We were, of course, already aware of his extraordinary talents before he was cast in the movie, following appearances in 'Les Miserables' and 'My Week With Marilyn', but even before then he was gluing people to screens with his early performances. These are four movies starring Eddie Redmayne that you probably haven't seen, but definitely should:
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'Broadchurch' has come in for criticism, but is it really that bad?
Broadchurch season 2 has managed to turn off 2 million fans just four episodes in. Last night's episode drew 5.6 million viewers, 100,000 down from last week and a huge decrease from the 7.6 million that ITV pulled in for its opener.
Olivia Colman [L] and David Tennant [R] star in Broadchurch season 2, which has been criticised in the press
After the critically acclaimed first season, season 2 has been derided by fans - particularly on Twitter - for its hammy dialogue and bizarre plot lines. In recent weeks, mother Beth Latimer, played by Jodie Whittaker, was ridiculed when she returned to court to give evidence just minutes after giving birth. Elsewhere, both prosecution and defence teams in what would surely be deemed a high profile murder trials, appear to have hired bumbling clueless assistants who seemingly have no grasp on the law.
Continue reading: Is 'Broadchurch' Season 2 Really As Bad As The Internet Says?
David Tennant has landed a major role in a new 'Marvel' show.
David Tennant's star is truly on the rise after a string of hugely accomplished performances - most notably ITV's Broadchurch - and the Scottish actor has now landed a major new role in the U.S.
David Tennant [center right] starred in the U.S. remake of Broadchurch, Gracepoint
The former Doctor Who star will play the villain in Marvel's new Netflix series A.K.A Jessica Jones. The show stars Krysten Ritter as a former superhero turned New York City detective who covers cases involving people with extraordinary powers. Tennant will play Kilgrave, a shadowy character from Jessica's past who threatens her present day life.
Continue reading: David Tennant To Play Villain In Netflix Series 'A.K.A Jessica Jones'
Broadchurch returns on ITV tonight!
Broadchurch returns for season 2 on ITV tonight with both David Tennant and Olivia Colman back in the saddle to solve another provincial murder. Chris Chibnall's drama won acclaim during its twisting and turning first season and the teaser clips appear to confirm that season two picks up immediately after the harrowing events of the finale.
Olivia Colman and David Tennant return for Broadchuch season 2 tonight (January 5)
"Chris set up a lot of things we never even thought about in the first series and now they've come to the fore," Colma said earlier this year. "At the read-through we were going, "You sneaky b*****d"."
Continue reading: 'Broadchurch' Returns Tonight - What Can We Expect?
David Tennant - Celebrities outside the Ed Sullivan Theater as they arrive for the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 29th October 2014
David Tennant will attempt to solve the mystery again, this time for US audiences.
David Tennant is set to solve a familiar mystery in Fox’s ‘Gracepoint’ tonight. We say familiar because ‘Gracepoint’ is a remake ‘Broadchurch’, the BBC drama that Tennant starred in just last year. So what have US audiences got to look forward to tonight on Fox?
It's not 'Broadchurch', it's 'Gracepoint'
Last year ‘Broadchurch’ was a critical and ratings success in the UK, so it’s no surprise that an American network wanted their own version. What might be surprising is the decision to cast David Tennant, the star of the original, in the role again. But hey, this man was once ‘Doctor Who’ so we’re never going to complain about him being on our screens.
Rosamund Pike and David Tennant strike a pose on the red carpet in London, as Elle Fanning takes Los Angeles by storm and Antonio Banderas returns home to Spain. Trailers tease with glimpses of Camp X-ray, Days and Nights, The Woman in Black 2 and Nativity 3...
At the premiere of the new British comedy What We Did on Our Holiday in London this week, David Tennant strolled the red carpet in a kilt while Rosamund Pike looked stunning in a lacy black dress that only barely concealed her baby bump. She's also been out promoting her upcoming blockbuster Gone Girl. Browse our Rosamund Pike and David Tennant photos at the 'What We Did on Our Holiday' premiere on Monday 22nd September 2014. Read our 'What We Did on Our Holiday' review.
Meanwhile in Los Angeles, The Boxtrolls held a family-friendly premiere at which Elle Fanning surprised fans with a new brunette hairdo. She was accompanied by costars Ben Kingsley and Nick Frost, plus Ian Ziering, Kathryn Hahn, Molly Ringwold and Garcelle Beauvais, who were accompanied by their families. View our photos from the premiere of 'The Boxtrolls' - Sunday 21st September 2014. Read our 'The Boxtrolls' review.
Child actors' improvisation techniques are a star turn in 'What We Did On Our Holiday'.
The new British comedy 'What We Did on Our Holiday' carries on a fine tradition of lively romps with serious undercurrents, blending a cast of comedy stars and solid actors to create hilariously offbeat characters. But what sets the film apart is its approach to its child stars.
Writer-directors Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin perfected their methods on the long-running UK television sitcom 'Outnumbered', for which they script the adult characters' dialogue but allow the children to improvise based on last-minute instructions just as a scene begins filming.
Although its story easily could have spun right off the rails, this British comedy uses earthy honesty to win the audience over. The filmmakers also refuse to shy away from things that are usually taboo in family movies, like marital problems, sexuality and mortality. And by never indulging in wacky slapstick or trite moralising, the movie makes the point that sometimes the worst thing we can do to our kids is try to protect them from what's really happening.
The story starts in London, as Abi and Doug (Rosamund Pike and David Tennant) set off to drive north to the Scotland Highlands for the 75th birthday of David's father Gordy (Billy Connolly). They've told their three hilariously overactive kids Lottie, Mickey and Jess (Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge and Harriet Turnbull) not to say anything to anyone about their crumbling marriage. And when they arrive it's clear that everyone has something they don't want to talk about. Gordy is avoiding conversations about his terminal cancer, while David's brother Gavin (Ben Miller) and his wife Margaret (Amelia Bullmore) are also covering up facts from their recent past. Then on a day trip to the beach, the holiday takes a startling turn.
Where the film goes from here hinges on the actions of three children under 10 years old, and all three actors are terrific, creating believable characters who are bursting with individualistic personalities. Watching them try to decode the adult world around them is thoroughly engaging, with the humour lightly balanced by some darker truths. Meanwhile, the grown-up cast get to play the more obviously comical moments, including a few rather too-broad gags. But each of them keeps their character in focus, never letting them tip over into cartoonish silliness. Pike, Tennant and Connolly are all terrific, with pointed support from Miller and Bullmore, plus Imrie as a rather too-knowing social worker.
Continue reading: What We Did On Our Holiday Review
Date of birth
18th April, 1971