David Tennant is a Scottish actor from Bathgate, known primarily for his roles as Tenth Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who, Kilgrave in Jessica Jones, Alec Hardy in Broadchurch and Barty Crouch Jr in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire. His real name is David John McDonald.
He was born into a family of parents, Helen and Alexander, Brother Blair and Sister Karen.
To find out more about him and his career, keep on reading.
Revealed by the Doctor Who series, David Tennant was born on April 18, 1971 in Scotland where he became passionate from the age of 3 for the acting profession by watching the series … Doctor Who.
In the meantime, he joined the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow where he became one of the youngest students in the school. In addition to his studies, he made his acting debut thanks to the Dramarama series before turning to the theater by playing in numerous plays.
His talent allows him to join the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company with which he plays in adaptations of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet for which he receives numerous award.
In 2005, after appearing in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, David finally fulfilled his dream of playing Doctor Who, replacing actor Christopher Eccleston until 2009. This role propelled his career and made him a world star.
Fans consider him one of the best “doctors” in the series. He resumes his role for the special episode Le Jour du Docteur in 2013.
After his departure from the series, he devoted himself to many other projects in film and television where he became the star of a new series: Broadchurch. The mini-series was a huge success.
On the private side, David Tennant has been married since December 2011 to Georgia Moffett. In 2011, he adopted his wife’s son, Tyler.
The couple give birth to two girls (2011 and 2015) and a boy (2013).
The actor got his first role in 1987, when his father sent various pictures of his son to a casting director on Scottish television.
Young David then chose Tennant as his stage name and his career as a professional actor began. He appeared in various television series in the early 90s as well as in plays, notably since joining the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1996.
He appeared on television in 1994 in the acclaimed BBC series Takin ‘Over the Asylum and in 1998 he also appeared in Duck Patrol.
Among other things, he was in the cinema in “L.A. Without a Map” (1998), “Bright Young Things”by Stephen Fry (2003) and as Barty Crouch Junior in“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005).
However, he became known to a wide audience in Great Britain primarily through his roles in Viva Blackpoll (whose remake Viva Lauglin will run on CBS in the 2007/2008 season) as Deputy Inspector Peter Carlisle and as the young Casanova in the eponymous miniseries by author and producer Russell T. Davies known.
The latter also hired Tennant as the tenth doctor in Doctor Who after Christopher Eccleston announced his exit from the series.
Tennant, who has been a great Doctor Who fan all his life, had previously spoken a small role in the online cartoon “Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka” (2003) and was also (but never as the Doctor) in various Doctor Who radio plays.
After three years, the popular Time Lord announced its exit from the series in 2009.
Then the actor is asked like never before. Among other things, he plays a single father of five in the miniseries “Single Father”, takes on the role of narrator in the Olympic series Twenty Twelve, appears in the miniseries “Spies of Warsaw” and lends his voice to various cartoon characters.
In 2013, he took on the lead role of policeman Alec Hardy in the crime series Broadchurch. He is also engaged for the US remake of the series, Gracepoint, in 2014. But while Broadchurch is running very successfully, the remake is quickly canceled.
As manipulative villain Kilgrave, David Tennant appears in the 2015 Netflix series Jessica Jones alongside Krysten Ritter.
Between 2005 and 2007 Tennant was in a relationship with his colleague Sophia Myles, whom he met while filming the Doctor Who episode “The Girl in the Fireplace”, in which she embodied Madame De Pompadour.
He also met his next girlfriend, actress Georgia Moffett on the “Doctor Who” set in 2008. The couple married on December 30, 2011.
David Tennant adopted Moffett’s son Ty, together they had three children Olive (born 2011), Wilfred (born in 2013) and another girl (born in 2015). By the way, Tennant’s father-in-law is Peter Davison, the fifth incarnation of the Doctor Who.
The role of Doctor who has earned Tennant a number of awards: In 2006 he was recognized as the most popular actor at the National Television Awards and in 2007 won both the Welsh and the UK-wide BAFTA Awards for Best Actor.
The readers of the British “Doctor Who Magazine” also voted Tennant the best doctor who ever – even before the popular favorite Tom Baker from the 70s.
This will lead him to enter at sixteen at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where he met the actress Louise Delamere who then became his best friend.
But David Tennant only achieved success in 2005, when he fulfilled his childhood dream by obtaining the title role of Doctor Who.
Tenth incarnation of the mythical Lord of time, he is then the second Scottish actor to take on the role, the first being Sylvester McCoy. He meets Georgia Moffett, his future wife, on the set in 2007: she is, in the city, the daughter of the fifth Doctor, Peter Davison.
Tennant finally leaves the adventure after three seasons playing his favorite protagonist, a real turning point in his career which will allow him to make himself known to the whole world.
Loving to vary the media, he lent his voice for the first time to the animated film Dragons in 2010, before redoing dubbing for Star Wars: Clone Wars, then for The Pirates! Good for nothing, bad for everything.
Continuing his momentum, he multiplies the experiences and encamps the noted character of a crook who calls himself an expert in occult forces in Fright Night.
Meanwhile, it continues to occur on the boards, whether in Richard II or Much noise for nothing.
David Tennant returns to television in 2012, responding to Olivia Colman in the intense detective series Broadchurch.
At the same time, he obtained the equivalent role in the American version of the show, Gracepoint, and continued to appear in various other Anglo-Saxon series. Become a true icon of the geek culture, the British actor slips once again, in 2013, in the skin of the doctor for a special episode which brings together several incarnations of the famous character.
In 2015, he starred in Jessica Jones, in which he interpreted the Purple Man, opponent of the detective superheroine played by Krysten Ritter, in the Netflix series dedicated to him.
In the 2000s he began to put theater aside to devote himself to the world of television, playing important roles in series such as Randall and Hopkirk (2000), He Knew He Was Right (2004), Blackpool (2004), Casanova (2005) and The Quatermass Experiment (2005) and then to the cinema, with Bright Young Things (2003) and the famous film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).
As we know, in 2005 the Doctor Who reboot begins and David realizes his great dream not only to be part of the series, but to play the role of the Doctor.
When in 2006 Christopher Eccleston decided to leave Doctor Who it was David who took over and took his place, thus becoming the Tenth Doctor, and the most loved by fans of the series.
In fact, in 2006 he was proclaimed Best Doctor by the readers of Doctor Who magazine and subsequently, in the years 2006-07-08-10, he won the National Television Awards as Most Popular Actor.
Before playing the Doctor, however, he had already starred in the animated miniseries Scream of the Shalka and in other audio dramas, such as Colditz, Dalek Empire III, UNIT: The Wasting and Exile, playing other roles.
In addition to his participation in Doctor Who, David works in numerous other television productions, including the famous Marvel Jessica Jones (2015) and Broadchurch (2013-2016).
David Tennant was born as David John McDonald on April 18, 1971 in Bathgate, Scotland to a Presbyterian minister.
At the tender age of three, Tennant is said to have expressed the wish to become an actor. And in an early school essay he dreamed of playing the role of Doctor Who.
After high school in Paisley, Tennant actually went to the Royal Scottish of Music and Drama to study acting. He took the stage name David Tennant (after Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys) because there was already a well-known actor named David McDonald.
At the age of only four he decided to pursue an acting career thanks to his love for the television series Doctor Who, for which years later he would find himself playing the main role.
During his training at Ralston Primary and the Paisley Grammar School he often plays in school shows, also finding time to study and participate in auditions to attend afternoon acting courses.
During the primary and secondary school years, David is noticed by actress Edith McArthur, who, impressed by his great talent, tells him that he will have a future in the world of cinema.
At the age of 16, in fact, he was admitted to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, winning the merit of being one of the youngest students ever.
It is here that he decides to give up his surname, already attributed to another famous actor, and change it to Tennant, inspired by Neil Tennant, the front man of the Pet Shop Boys.
After graduating, he found work in the theater show The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui, later joining the 7:84 Theater Company and the Dundee Repertory Theater.
Later, shortly before moving to London, he also starred in the Scottish sitcom Rab C Nesbitt (1993) and in the series Takin ‘Over the Asylum (1994).
Full name: David John McDonald
Date of birth: April 18th 1971
Birthplace: Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland
Height: 1.85 m
Weight: 86 kg
Net Worth: 7$ million