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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'.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Is 'The Crystal Maze' Set For A Special Return With David Tennant As Host?


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Channel 4 is reportedly looking to bring back iconic gameshow ‘The Crystal Maze’ for a one-off special episode for their annual ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ comedy gala in October. The series was originally fronted by Rocky Horror creator Richard O’Brien, but now ‘Doctor Who’ star David Tennant is being tipped to host.

David TennantWill David Tennant be hosting a special ‘Crystal Maze’ revival?

Speaking to RadioTimes.com, a Channel 4 spokesperson confirmed: "Channel 4 is looking at a special Crystal Maze for Stand Up To Cancer.” However they did not say who was in the running to host the one-off special.

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David Tennant - David Tennant outside ITV Studios - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 5th May 2016

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David Tennant To Reunite With Catherine Tate In 'Doctor Who' Audiobooks


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David Tennant is set to play ‘Doctor Who’ once again – only he’ll be returning in a series of audio dramas, rather than on television.

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.

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Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Superhero Private Eye, Will Be Focus Of New Netflix Series


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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).

Jessica JonesKrysten Ritter filming for Jessica Jones in New York, July 2015.

Read More: Marvel Studios Announce Nine Movies.

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4 Early Eddie Redmayne Films You Definitely Need To See


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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 at the 2015 Oscars
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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Is 'Broadchurch' Season 2 Really As Bad As The Internet Says?


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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.

Broadchurch season 2Olivia 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.

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David Tennant To Play Villain In Netflix Series 'A.K.A Jessica Jones'


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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 TennantDavid 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.

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A Week In Movies: Lively Premieres In London, L.A. And San Sebastian, Plus Trailers For Films With Kristen Stewart, Katie Holmes, Jeremy Irvine And Catherine Tate


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What We Did on Our Holiday

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.

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What We Did On Our Holiday Review


Excellent

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.

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Rosamund Pike and David Tennant - 'What We Did on Our Holiday' Premiere - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Monday 22nd September 2014

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Rosamund Pike and David Tennant
Rosamund Pike and David Tennant
Rosamund Pike and David Tennant
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'What We Did On Our Holiday' Trailer Hints At Refreshing British Rom-Com [Trailer]


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The latest trailer for the British romantic-comedy What We Did On Our Holiday, starring a frankly all-star cast of David Tennant, Rosamund Pike, Billy Connolly, Celia Imrie and Ben Miller, has rolled out online, hinting at a sort of Outnumbered-cum-Little-Miss-Sunshine quirky comedy that would have to really screw up its marketing to fail.

David Tennant Rosamund PikeDavid Tennant [L] and Rosamund Pike [L] in 'What We Did On Our Holiday'

Tennant and Pike play a couple and their young kids who head for the Scottish Highlands to celebrate their grandfathers birthday, all while trying to keep a pretty important secret from the rest of the family. However we soon learn that it's the children - played in steal-stealing form by Amelia Jones and Bobby Smalldridge - who are most likely to let the cat out of the bag.

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What We Did On Our Holiday - Extended Trailer


When Doug (David Tennant) and his family travel to the Scottish Highlands for his father's (Billy Connolly) birthday party, hilarity ensues as they embark on what will no doubt be a holiday to remember. Along the way there will be plenty of time spent allowing the children to drive and verbally battle with their grandfather. That, and debate with their Uncle Gavin (Ben Miller) whether he is rich or not and how he is able to live in such a big house. 

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David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker - David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker seen filming scenes for the second series of the hit show Broadchurch in Clevedon UK. David Tennant who plays DI Alec Hardy can be seen running and looking as though he is chasing someone. Olivia Colman known as DA Ellie Miller in the show can be seen helping Jodie Whittaker who looks to be in some discomfort while being pregnant. New cast member Eve Myles was also seen on set. - Clevedon, United Kingdom - Monday 2nd June 2014

David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker
David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker
David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker
David Tennant, Eve Myles, Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker
David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker
David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker

David Tennant - David Tennant leaves the Dorchester Hotel with his wife Georgia Moffett after the attending the TV Choice Awards - London, United Kingdom - Monday 9th September 2013

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David Tennant Wednesday 1st June 2011 David Tennant and his fiancee Georgia Moffett leaving the afterparty for ' Much Ado About Nothing ' in Covent Garden. London, England

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David Tennant

Date of birth

18th April, 1971

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.85


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What We Did on Our Holiday Movie Review

What We Did on Our Holiday Movie Review

Although its story easily could have spun right off the rails, this British comedy uses...

What We Did On Our Holiday Trailer

What We Did On Our Holiday Trailer

When Doug (David Tennant) and his family travel to the Scottish Highlands for his father's...

What We Did On Our Holiday Trailer

What We Did On Our Holiday Trailer

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