For this role he was nominated as Best Actor at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards 2010. Since leaving the series in 2010 his career has continued to rise, with lead roles in films, TV series and theatre. [78], In 2017, Tennant appeared in writer/director Daisy Aitkens' first feature film, You, Me and Him. His costar in the drama was friend Sarah Parish, with whom he had previously appeared in Blackpool and an episode of Doctor Who. It allows you to make the character using elements of yourself. (On The Doctor and Rose) They weren't shagging in the TARDIS, because that would be weird. 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In December 2008, he was named as one of the most influential people in show business by British theatre and entertainment magazine The Stage, making him the fifth actor to achieve a ranking in the top 20 (in a list typically dominated by producers and directors). I was hugely formed by stories I was told as a child whether that was in a book, the cinema, theatre or television and probably television more than any medium is what influenced me as a child and formed my response to literature, story-telling and, therefore, the world around me. In 2015, he received the National Television Award for Special Recognition. David Tennant is a respected classical actor who has performed numerous starring roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company, including Touchstone in "As You Like It," Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet," Antipholus of Syracuse in "The Comedy of Errors," and Captain Jack Absolute in "The Rivals.". August 2013 - January 2014. He is of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. [January 2013]. While attending Paisley Grammar School, he wrote an essay on how his greatest desire was to play the Doctor in. Won Best Actor, Theatre Management Association, for his role in "The Glass Menagerie" as Tom. I don't think I have ever done anything for this age of children before, a pre-school audience. I remember a conversation with my parents about who the people on the TV were, and learning they were actors and they acted out this story and just thinking that was the most fantastic notion, and that's what I want to do. In 2006, readers of Doctor Who Magazine voted Tennant "Best Doctor" over perennial favourite Tom Baker. Amongst other things, he spent several years as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and became famous from his lead roles in TV dramas Blackpool (2004) and Casanova (2005).In 2005, his childhood wish came true. The Tenth Doctor’s (David Tennant) final moments are one of the most controversial scenes in Doctor Who’s history, but Steven Moffat’s tenure as show-runner improved the meaning of those famous last words. [38] It was announced on 23 January 2013 that Tennant would return to the RSC for the company's 2013 winter season, playing the title role in Richard II at Stratford-upon-Avon (from 10 October to 16 November) and transferring to the Barbican Centre in London (from 9 December to 25 January 2014). Tennant's talent at a young age was noticed by Scottish actress Edith MacArthur. His son's name Wilfred means "desiring peace" from Old English wil "will, desire" and frith "peace". He portrayed the new Doctor for five years (2005-2010). [86], Tennant stars as a doctor suspected of murdering his family in Deadwater Fell, a Scottish true crime miniseries, which premiered in January 2020 on Channel 4. He also attended Saturday classes at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. You're speaking a lot. I was never the cool kid at school. [December 2012], Wales, filming the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special. He also starred as the Doctor in another animated six-part Doctor Who series, Dreamland. In television, he appeared in the first episode of Reeves and Mortimer's revamped Randall and Hopkirk in 2000, playing an eccentric artist. Obviously the idea grew and matured with me but I can't ever remember wanting to do anything else. David Tennant is most notable for playing the lead role of The Doctor on the BBC series, Doctor Who. Not originally cast in the production, Tennant was recording a radio play in a neighbouring studio, and when he discovered what was being recorded next door convinced the director to give him a small role. He also received his first credit as an executive producer for the series. In 2007, Tennant became only the second actor to play the Doctor in the Doctor Who TV series to be interviewed as a guest on the UK's most celebrated talk show. [61] On 9 June 2012, he started filming the 3-part political drama series The Politician's Husband for BBC Two, playing an ambitious cabinet minister who takes drastic action when his wife's career starts to outshine his. The couple's daughter, Olive, was born on 29 March 2011. [96] In January 2006, readers of the British gay and lesbian newspaper The Pink Paper voted him the "Sexiest Man in the Universe". Is the only actor to play two canonical incarnations of The Doctor. His all-time favourite Doctor Who character is the Zygons, who first appeared in. [27] He continued to play the Tenth Doctor into the revived programme's fourth series in 2008. And they wear less spandex. David was cast to play the role of the Doctor in Doctor Who (2005) alongside Billie Piper, after Christopher Eccleston decided to leave. In 1996, Tennant landed his first … (On growing up as a teengager) That's the nature of being a teenager. [62][63] Tennant also presented the new comedy quiz show Comedy World Cup, in 2012 which ran on Saturday nights for seven episodes. [on making television drama] You turn up in the morning, you run through it a couple of times and you do it. (On being voted Sexiest Actor): Well, I'm not sure what to say about being called the sexiset actor of the year. [74] He also voiced the Propaganda Minister in the 2015 Square Enix video game Just Cause 3. (At the 2006 National Television Awards) I think if my eight-year-old self could see me at the Royal Albert Hall winning a prize for playing the Doctor on telly, he would need a stiff shot of Irn-Bru. [71] He is the narrator on Xbox One video game Kinect Sports Rivals, released in 2014. [12] The following year, he played a role in an episode of Dramarama. 6 in its "Top Ten" list of the most influential British television artists of the year, citing his roles in Blackpool, Casanova, Secret Smile, and Doctor Who. - IMDb Mini Biography By: From October 2009, he hosted the Masterpiece Contemporary programming strand on the American Public Broadcasting Service. I felt uncool to the depths of my soul and I've never really recovered from that - I still think I'm uncool. [29], In October 2015, Big Finish Productions announced that Tennant would return to the role of the Tenth Doctor alongside Catherine Tate as his former companion Donna Noble in three new stories from Big Finish. [70], In 2013 he appeared in a multi-million-pound campaign for Virgin Media. [17] During filming, of Takin' Over the Asylum he met comic actress and writer Arabella Weir. All I know is that I voted for, There is something about the type of imagination that powers. |  His first full-length outing as the Doctor was a 60-minute special, "The Christmas Invasion", first broadcast on Christmas Day 2005. [32] He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), to play Hamlet with Patrick Stewart and Berowne in Love's Labours Lost in 2008. He is of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. The play was written by Andrew Davies and directed by Doctor Who's James Hawes for the digital television channel BBC Four. The Dorians were a Greek tribe who occupied the Peloponnese starting in the 12th century BC. Tennant's performance of Hamlet was critically acclaimed. [54] In September 2011, he appeared in a guest role in one episode of the comedy series This is Jinsy, and also started filming True Love, a semi-improvised BBC One drama series, on location in Margate, Kent; the series aired in June 2012. The bad guys probably get the better lines, don't they? However, on 29 October 2008, he announced that he would be stepping down from the role after three full series. He also played an unnamed Time Lord in another Doctor Who Unbound play Exile. [75][76] In autumn 2015, Tennant's name was announced for Scottish feature film I Feel Fine, a thriller set in Glasgow in the 1980s. [82] Tennant plays Crowley in the miniseries Good Omens,[83] which was released in full on Amazon Prime Video on 31 May 2019 and was released on BBC Two on 15 January 2020. His first Shakespearean role for the RSC was in As You Like It (1996); having auditioned for the role of Orlando, the romantic lead, he was instead cast as the jester Touchstone, which he played in his natural Scottish accent. Tennant also returned for the final episode of the series with the rest of the participants from the other episodes in the series to take part in one final experiment. [April 2013], London: Recording the audiobook 'How to Steal a Dragon's Heart.' He attended Paisley Grammar school and while there he wrote about how he wanted to become a professional actor and play the role of the Doctor in Doctor Who (1963).He made his first television appearance (which was also his first professional acting job) when he was 16, after his father sent some photos of him to a casting director at Scottish television. David Tennant’s incarnation of the Doctor became the most iconic face of the rebooted show, helping take Doctor Who to heights of popularity not seen since the classic series. When you're older, you want to be scared because you understand more where the boundaries between fantasy and reality are, and I suppose they are more blurred the younger you are. [11] He also starred in the 2003 London production of Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman.[19]. Animation is a fascinating area from an acting point of view because it's not really like anything else because you are only providing a portion of the performance. Tennant was unsuccessful, but show-runner Bryan Fuller said in a magazine interview that Tennant's audition was so impressive, he wanted to write him a guest spot as a deranged serial killer. After discovering that there was another David McDonald already represented by the actor's union Equity, he took his stage name from Pet Shop Boys frontman Neil Tennant after reading a copy of Smash Hits magazine. Married to Georgia Tennant since 30th December 2011. I'm as happy doing 'Postman Pat' as I am doing 'Hamlet.'. As Tennant recalled from the audition, "they needed someone who could believably act 19 and bonkers". That's very inspiring and it forces you to do things in a different way - to tell stories through your voice. [45] Tennant is the voice behind the 2007 advertising campaign for catalogue retailer Argos, and appeared in adverts for The Proclaimers' 2007 album and learndirect in June 2008. And there's something heroic in a flapping coat, but at the same time, I need to get rid of it sometimes and just be a scrawny guy in a suit that doesn't quite fit. David John Tennant (né McDonald; born 18 April 1971) is a Scottish actor. The acclaimed British actor remains a fan favourite among … [26] Tennant guest starred as the Doctor in a two-part story in Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, broadcast in October 2009. On August 31, 2007, he turned on the illumination lights for Blackpool. The episode showed Tennant apparently predicting future events correctly by using automatic writing. Twitter! [33] From August to November 2008 he appeared at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon as Hamlet, playing that role in repertory with Berowne that October and November. About texting: The "text" is a wonderful invention. Recording the radio play Kafka, the Musical in London. In both audio productions, he worked alongside Nicholas Courtney, who reprised the character of Sir Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. I think I grew up at drama school (which was fairly useful personally as much as professionally) and I certainly got exposed to a huge range of ideas, techniques, and practices that I had no previous experience of. The first series was filmed in Clevedon, North Somerset, and Bridport, Dorset, between August and November 2012, and aired in March 2013. London, filming )The Politician's Husband_. Coincidentally, Eccleston portrayed the incarnation of The Doctor immediately preceding Tennant's. He appeared in the paper's annual media rankings in 2006. I wouldn't have known what I was doing as an actor if I hadn't gone. Samtroy, Other Works [48] The pilot was not picked up and the project was shelved. That would be quite good. June-July 2012. Tennant has gone on record as saying that, contrary to tabloids reports, he was not upset at not being able to play the role in his own accent and in fact had never wanted to. When you first read a script is the purest moment. [112], Tennant rarely discusses his personal life or relationships in interviews,[11] stating in 2009 that "relationships are hard enough with the people you're having them with, let alone talking about them in public". [49][50] In November 2009, he co-hosted the Absolute Radio Breakfast Show with Christian O'Connell for three consecutive days. Generally speaking, we don't have vivid memories of that age and what influenced us, yet clearly they are hugely formative years and it's really important that we can create television of a high quality for that audience. Tennant was in LA for three days only as he was in the middle of shooting different projects. On 2 May 2013, Georgia gave birth to the couple's son, Wilfred. The first reading of the script is so important because you're experiencing it all for the first time, and it's then that you really know if it's going to work or not. Tennant had been formally offered the role of the Doctor during rehearsals for The Quatermass Experiment. Doctor Who returned to British screens in March 2005, with Christopher Eccleston playing the role of the Ninth Doctor in the first series. The podcast's episodes feature Olivia Colman, Whoopi Goldberg, Jodie Whittaker, Ian McKellen, Jon Hamm, Gordon Brown, Jennifer Garner, Catherine Tate, Krysten Ritter, James Corden, Samantha Bee, Tina Fey, and Michael Sheen. [35][36] In 2009, he worked on a TV film version of the RSC's 2008 Hamlet for BBC Two. Winner 2009 Theatregoers' Choice Award Best Regional Production was RSC Production of Hamlet with David Tennant and 2009 Theatregoers' Choice Award for Theatre Event of the Year was David Tennant's return to the stage in the RSC Production of Hamlet. He is the second of three Scottish actors to portray the character of the Doctor, following. [100] The couple met in 2008 during filming of Doctor Who episode "The Doctor's Daughter", in which she played his character's genetically engineered daughter. From the ancient Greek name Doris which meant "Dorian woman". Dorset and Somerset, filming Broadchurch. The stories feature current and previous Doctor Who actors, including Strax actor Dan Starkey, former Davros actor Terry Molloy, and many veterans of Big Finish, including Niky Wardley, who portrayed Eighth Doctor companion Tamsin. [42], On 25 February 2007, Tennant starred in Recovery, a 90-minute BBC One drama written by Tony Marchant. (February 2015 - August 2015) New York, shooting 'aka Jessica Jones'. Anyways, the Tenth Doctor has been succeeded by Matt Smith who is currently the The Doctor now. Every Doctor Who fan has a strong opinion about which Doctor is the best, but David Tennant is easily one of most popular actors to take on the role. Tennant developed his career in the British theatre, frequently performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The Doctor is the kind of character - because the guest cast is changing all the time, there are very few constants in the show, so the 'Doctor'- when you're there, you're in it a lot. On 13 March 2009, he presented Red Nose Day 2009 with Davina McCall. [59] Between April and June, he filmed Spies of Warsaw for BBC Four, in the lead role of Jean-François Mercier. William was a member of the Orange Order. You know, I've just about got used to the fact that people in Britain know who I am on some level, but the notion that there's any kind of international recognition is still slightly bizarre to me. [110] On 13 October, Georgia announced the birth of the child and in March 2020 revealed the child to be a daughter, named Birdie. That's when you can understand how an audience will ultimately receive it. [31], Despite much of his work being television work, Tennant has described theatre work as his "default way of being". Tennant had a cameo appearance as the Doctor in the 2007 finale episode of the BBC/HBO comedy series Extras with Ricky Gervais. In TV & Satellite Week (26 April – 2 May issue), the host of the show, Derren Brown, is quoted as saying: "One of the appeals of Doctor Who for David is time travel, so I wanted to give him that experience. [115] In April 2010, he lent his voice to a Labour election broadcast. However, despite being beloved, even Tennant… When he was 16, he acted in an anti-smoking film made by the Glasgow Health Board which aired on television and was also screened in schools. He revived this performance for the anniversary of the Royal Court Theatre in a rehearsed reading. David has a net worth of $185 million, which makes him a very highly paid actor. Tennant is married to actress Georgia Moffett, daughter of Peter Davison, who played the Fifth Doctor. Learners was broadcast on BBC One on 11 November 2007. You have to be respectful and true to who that person was, but at the same time tell the story in the film. Filming Gracepoint in Victoria, Canada. [February 2013], Scotland, filming The Escape Artist [March 2013], Guest starring in the comedy stage show 'Celebrity Autobiography' at the Leicester Square Theatre in London. On his early decision to become an actor: "I was very small, about 3 or 4 I think, and just wanted to be the people on telly telling these wonderful stories. When he was about 3 or 4 years old, he decided to become an actor, inspired by his love of Doctor Who (1963).He was brought up in Bathgate, West Lothian and Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland and was a huge fan of the band The Proclaimers. He was voted the third best dressed man in Britain in GQ reader's poll for 2013. Playing the Doctor made him a household name and a sex symbol, being voted "Sexiest Man in the Universe" by readers of The Pink Paper and 16th Sexiest Man in the World by a Cosmopolitan survey. They could do like another 'The 5 Doctors' (for Doctor Who's 25 year anniversary) episode special for Doctor Who's 50 year anniversary, starring David Tennant again. He remarked in a radio interview: "Who wouldn't want to be the Doctor? But I'm never as good as I want to be, never as nice as I want to be, never as generous as I want to be. Shop Doctor Who David Tennant doctor who t-shirts designed by korobovart as well as other doctor who merchandise at TeePublic. David John Tennant (né McDonald; born 18 April 1971) is a Scottish actor. I tried drawing David Tennant to the best of my ability but for some reason I kept having to go back and fix the sketch because he was coming out looking like Charlie Sheen. In the 1990s, he appeared in several plays at the Dundee Repertory Theatre.[16]. [January 2011], In London rehearsing for the play 'Much Ado About Nothing.' Tennant's maternal grandfather, footballer Archie McLeod, met William and Agnes' daughter Nellie while playing for Derry City FC. [November 2012], Hertfordshire and London, filming The Escape Artist. His first movie role had him acting opposite Christopher Eccleston. [22], Tennant has expressed enthusiasm about fulfilling his childhood dream. David Tennant will battle it out with the Daleks once again as he’s set to return to the Doctor Who franchise. One advert was voluntarily withdrawn after a complaint lodged by BBC Worldwide, which believed that the advert broke the corporation's guidelines by featuring references to Doctor Who that appeared to be a commercial endorsement of the service. May - October 2014. [37], In January 2012, Tennant was appointed to the Royal Shakespeare Company board, to be on the selection committee interviewing and choosing the new artistic director. [30], In November 2017, three new audio dramas were released by Big Finish Productions with Tennant once again starring as the Tenth Doctor, alongside Billie Piper as Rose Tyler. Publicity Listings [94] In the expansion EverQuest: Seeds of Destruction for the game EverQuest, a character was introduced called Tavid Dennant, named after David Tennant. The Tenth Doctor has been extremely popular amongst the Doctor Who fandom. The gritty indie films are a lot rarer than the films that aspire to fill multiplexes. In February 2016, he began filming Mad to Be Normal (previously titled Metanoia), a biopic of the renowned Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing, produced by Gizmo Films. The film was released in September 2014. This drama series shot in Poland is an adaptation of Alan Furst's novel The Spies of Warsaw. 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