David Tennant
British actor
David Tennant
David Tennant is a Scottish actor. In addition to his work in theatre, including a widely praised Hamlet, Tennant is best known for his role as the tenth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, along with the title role in the TV serial Casanova (2005) and as Barty Crouch, Jr. , in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).
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David Tennant Lists 6 Key Things That'll (Hopefully) Make Everything OK
Huffington Post - 23 days
Trust him, he’s a (former) Doctor Who. Scottish actor David Tennant is reassuring everyone that “it’s all gonna be OK.” “But it’s up to us to make it OK,” he said on Friday’s broadcast of the British topical comedy show “The Last Leg.” The “Jessica Jones” star, who has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, called on people to be “positively rebellious and rebelliously positive.” He then issued a set of six guiding principles to make the world a better place. “As long as we stand up for what we believe in, don’t give in to anger or violence, look out for the little guy, keep an eye on the big guys, refuse to keep our mouths shut and just generally try not to be dicks,” he said, then “every little thing is gonna be all right.” Here’s hoping. Check out the full clip above. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=588c46dfe4b08a14f7e60fcf,5888addae4b0441a8f71f0fe,5889d280e4b0024605fddb3a -- This f ...
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David Tennant Is Going To Voice Scrooge McDuck In 'DuckTales' Reboot
Huffington Post - 2 months
Get ready to have the ‘DuckTales’ theme song stuck in your head for the rest of the day. On Dec. 16, Disney XD announced the cast of its “DuckTales” reboot scheduled to debut in the summer of 2017. Along with the announcement, it revealed the cast in a video of the actors singing a rendition of the original “DuckTales” theme song. Actors billed to lend their vocal chops include David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck, Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz and Bobby Moynihan as the voices of Huey, Dewey and Louie, respectively, Beck Bennett as Launchpad McQuack, Toks Olagundoye as Mrs. Beakley, and Kate Micucci as Webby Vanderquack. Tennant most recently appeared in Netflix’s “Jessica Jones” as Kilgrave, but also played the Tenth Doctor in “Doctor Who” and Barty Crouch, Jr. in the film “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” You may recognize Ben Schwartz as Jean-Ralphio from “Parks and Recreation,” Danny Pudi as Abed Nadir from “Community,” Kate Micucci as one part of “Garfunkel and ...
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Late-Night TV’s Greatest Political Hits of the Week
Wall Street Journal - 8 months
David Tennant read Scottish mean tweets on 'Full Frontal,' while Jessica Williams said farewell to 'The Daily Show.'
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David Tennant Unleashes His Inner Time Lord On Donald Trump
Huffington Post - 8 months
Samantha Bee turned to a former Doctor Who for help in her latest rant against presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The "Full Frontal" host called on Scottish actor David Tennant to read a series of anti-Trump tweets that his fellow countrymen posted after the real estate magnate erroneously said they were "going wild" for Brexit. In contrast to the United Kingdom as a whole, the majority of Scots actually voted to remain inside the European Union. By proxy, "Jessica Jones" star Tennant called Trump a "wiggy slice," "weapons-grade plum" and "ludicrous tangerine ball bag" in the segment that aired Monday. Check it out in the clip above. Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S. -- This feed and its contents are the property o ...
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Shakespeare Saw '360 Degrees Of Humanity,' And That's Why He Endures
NPR - 10 months
From actor David Tennant to artistic director Gregory Doran, Royal Shakespeare Company thespians reflect on the Bard's legacy. Shakespeare is said to have died 400 years ago on April 23.
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Illustrator Captures What Fuels Our 'Jessica Jones' Addiction
Huffington Post - about 1 year
When you’re stuck in suburbia with your parents over the holidays, you, like many others, might look to Netflix for an escape. The recently released "Jessica Jones" is one of its most binge-worthy shows, centering on a hard-drinking, superhero-turned-private eye (played by Krysten Ritter). At the beginning of the series, we find her a year after she has escaped the mind control of the show’s villain, Kilgrave, who held Jones captive for eight months and forced her to act out a romantic relationship with him. One of the reasons fans praise the series is because it paints an unflinching portrayal of intimate partner violence and the accompanying trauma that survivors must learn to live with. Others praise it as a rarity onscreen for depicting a female crime-drama lead with the same depth and agency as a man. Luckily for us, the Marvel show has found a fan in illustrator Sha'an d’Anthes (better known as Furry Little Peach). She debuted her watercolor illustrations of Jones an ...
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Illustrator Captures What Fuels Our 'Jessica Jones' Addiction
Huffington Post - about 1 year
When you’re stuck in suburbia with your parents over the holidays, you, like many others, might look to Netflix for an escape. The recently released "Jessica Jones" is one of its most binge-worthy shows, centering on a hard-drinking, superhero-turned-private eye (played by Krysten Ritter). At the beginning of the series, we find her a year after she has escaped the mind control of the show’s villain, Kilgrave, who held Jones captive for eight months and forced her to act out a romantic relationship with him. One of the reasons fans praise the series is because it paints an unflinching portrayal of intimate partner violence and the accompanying trauma that survivors must learn to live with. Others praise it as a rarity onscreen for depicting a female crime-drama lead with the same depth and agency as a man. Luckily for us, the Marvel show has found a fan in illustrator Sha'an d’Anthes (better known as Furry Little Peach). She debuted her watercolor illustrations of Jones an ...
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Dr. Who Makes a Great Villain
Huffington Post - about 1 year
While David Tennant was voted "The UK's favourite Doctor," on the original Netflix show Jessica Jones he's just plain brilliant as Kilgrave, the elegant psychopath with a creepy super power. Kilgrave can make people do the simplest or most appalling things just by speaking a few words. If he tells someone to walk away in the middle of a conversation because he's bored, she will. If he tells someone to put his head through a post because he's feeling perverse, that man will keep pounding away till he's unconscious. He can simply divert people from their path; he can make them kill themselves or others in horrible ways. Or torment them for sport: Imagine a large malign cat playing with a world of helpless, hypnotized mice.... In the show which is adapted from the Marvel comic book Alias he's the nemesis of Jessica Jones. She's a sarcastic, raven-haired, funky PI in Hell's Kitchen (aka Clinton, which isn't as noir a neighborhood name). An under-achiever until this new line ...
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The Top 10 New Shows Of 2015, According To IMDb
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This year may account for the biggest loss of brain cells in human history. You can't really blame everyone for just mindlessly staring at their television screens in 2015. "Game of Thrones" had one of the most-talked about scenes in TV history with Jon Snow in its Season 5 finale, we all freaked out over a huge "Walking Dead" fake-out, the twist in "Leftovers" Season 2 completely blew our minds and the force finally awakened for Sheldon on "The Big Bang Theory." Sadly, we lost a lot of our favorite shows, too. "Mad Men," "Two and a Half Men," "Parks and Rec," "The Mentalist," "Glee" and more aired their series finales in 2015. Here's to you, Don Draper. But to quote everyone's favorite '90s band, Semisonic, "every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." The bodies of those shows weren't even cold before we replaced them with new ones. Netflix rolled out a number of hits, including "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "Narcos" and "Jessica Jones"; USA gave the surpr ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Tennant
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 44
    Tennant will repeat his performance as Richard II in the RSC's 'King and Country' cycle in 2016, starting at the Barbican Theatre in London before transferring to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.
    More Details Hide Details Tennant was the "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" on Top Gear in December 2007, where he claimed to have unsuccessfully auditioned for a role on Taggart 26 times. 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 (using his natural Scottish accent in both). Tennant also lent his voice to adverts for Tesco Mobile, Nintendo Wii, and American Express.
    In summer 2016, he is due to shoot the third series of Broadchurch.
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    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.
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  • 2015
    Age 43
    In 2015, he also lent his voice to a Labour Party General Election broadcast.
    More Details Hide Details He is a patron of Worldwide Cancer Research. In December 2005, The Stage placed Tennant at No. 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. In January 2006, readers of the British gay and lesbian newspaper The Pink Paper voted him the "Sexiest Man in the Universe". A poll of over 10,000 women for the March 2006 issue of New Woman magazine ranked him 20th in their list of the "Top 100 Men". In October 2006, he was named "Scotland's most stylish male" in the Scottish Style Awards.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. The three stories will be released in May 2016. While playing the Doctor, Tennant was also in the early December 2005 ITV drama Secret Smile. His performance as Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Anger at the Theatre Royal, Bath, and Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, was recorded by the National Video Archive of Performance for the Victoria and Albert Museum Theatre Collection. He revived this performance for the anniversary of the Royal Court Theatre in a rehearsed reading. In January 2006, he took a one-day break from shooting Doctor Who to play Richard Hoggart in a dramatisation of the 1960 Lady Chatterley's Lover obscenity trial, The Chatterley Affair. The play was written by Andrew Davies and directed by Doctor Whos James Hawes for the digital television channel BBC Four. Hoggart's son, Simon, praised Tennant's performance in The Guardian newspaper.
    On 9 February 2015, Tennant appeared on the Radio 4 panel show Just a Minute, becoming the show's most successful debut contestant.
    More Details Hide Details Tennant was named "Coolest Man on TV" of 2007 in a Radio Times survey. He won the National Television Awards award for Most Popular Actor in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010. He was voted 16th Sexiest Man in the World by a 2008 Cosmopolitan survey.
  • 2012
    Age 40
    In 2012, he introduced Labour Party leader Ed Miliband at the Labour Party Conference.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 39
    He married actress Georgia Moffett on 30 December 2011, having met her when they co-starred in the Doctor Who episode "The Doctor's Daughter".
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  • 2010
    Age 38
    He returned to cohost the show for one day in October 2010 and again in September 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Tennant also provides the narration and all the character voices for the audio book versions of the Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III stories by Cressida Cowell such as How to Train Your Dragon. In these audio books, he employs his vocal skills to create a vast cast of recognisably distinct voices. Some of his most memorable characterisations include the Norfolk yokel of Norbert the Nutjob, the broad Glaswegian of Gobber the Belch, the hissing and whining Cockney of Toothless the Dragon and the sly insinuations of Alvin the Treacherous. He also played the role of Spitelout in the recent animated film adaption of said books.
    In April 2010, he lent his voice to a Labour Party election broadcast.
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    On 7 March 2010, he also appeared as George in a one-part BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Of Mice and Men in the Classic Serial strand.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared with former costar Catherine Tate in the Shakespeare comedy Much Ado About Nothing at London's Wyndham's Theatre from 16 May 2011 to 3 September 2011. For his performance as Benedick he won the BroadwayWorld UK Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play. In September 2011, it was announced that Tennant would voice a character in the movie adaptation of Postman Pat named You Know You're the One with a planned 3D theatrical release for spring 2013. In October 2011, Tennant started shooting the semi-improvised comedy film, Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger in Coventry. He played dual roles: the main character, put-upon teacher Mr Peterson, and his "golden boy" twin brother and rival. He appeared in a multi-million-pound campaign for Virgin Media. 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.
  • 2009
    Age 37
    Tennant does not discuss his personal life or relationships in interviews, stating in 2009 that "relationships are hard enough with the people you're having them with, let alone talking about them in public".
    More Details Hide Details He believes that religion "must have" shaped his character, and he is an occasional churchgoer.
    In November 2009, he co-hosted the Absolute Radio Breakfast Show with Christian O'Connell for three consecutive days.
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    In December 2009, he filmed the lead in an NBC pilot, Rex Is Not Your Lawyer, playing Rex, a Chicago lawyer who starts to coach clients to represent themselves when he starts suffering panic attacks.
    More Details Hide Details The pilot was not picked up and the project was shelved. In October 2010 he starred as Dave, a man struggling to raise five children after the death of his partner, in the British drama Single Father. For this role he was nominated as Best Actor at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards 2010. In 2011, he starred in United, about the Manchester United "Busby Babes" team and the 1958 Munich air disaster, playing coach and assistant manager Jimmy Murphy. 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. In April 2012, Tennant played lead in a one-off drama The Minor Character for Sky Arts. Between April and June, he filmed Spies of Warsaw for BBC Four, in the lead role of Jean-François Mercier. This drama series shot in Poland is an adaptation of Alan Furst's novel The Spies of Warsaw. Tennant auditioned for the role of Hannibal Lecter in NBC's Hannibal; he was narrowly beaten for the part by Mads Mikkelsen, but show developer Bryan Fuller has indicated that he was sufficiently impressed by Tennant that he would like to cast him in another role in the series. 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.
    From October 2009, he hosted the Masterpiece Contemporary programming strand on the American Public Broadcasting Service.
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    In 2009, he worked on a TV film version of the RSC's 2008 Hamlet for BBC Two.
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    On 13 March 2009, he presented Red Nose Day 2009 with Davina McCall.
    More Details Hide Details He joined Franz Ferdinand onstage to play the guitar on their song "No You Girls" on a special Comic Relief edition of Top of the Pops. In summer 2009, Tennant filmed St. Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold. The film was released in December 2009.
    He returned to his role in the production on 3 January 2009, and appeared until the run ended on 10 January.
    More Details Hide Details On 12 April 2011, a photograph of Tennant as Hamlet featured on a stamp issued by the Royal Mail to mark the RSC's fiftieth anniversary. 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. 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).
    He played the Doctor in four special episodes in 2009, before his final episode aired on 1 January 2010, where he was replaced by the eleventh doctor, portrayed by Matt Smith.
    More Details Hide Details The Daily Mirror reported that Tennant was forbidden from attending Doctor Who fan conventions while playing the role, to avoid the chance that he could accidentally let slip any plot points during filming of the series. However, Tennant claimed this was false and that he had never been banned or discouraged from attending conventions. Tennant and Billie Piper returned to Doctor Who for the 50th anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor" broadcast on 23 November 2013, with then-stars Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman and guest star John Hurt. The same month, he also appeared in the one-off 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot directed by Peter Davison.
  • 2008
    Age 36
    However, on 29 October 2008, he announced that he would be stepping down from the role after three full series.
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    He continued to play the Tenth Doctor into the revived programme's fourth series in 2008.
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    He later performed alongside Davison's daughter, Georgia Moffett (as "Jenny") in the 2008 episode "The Doctor's Daughter".
    More Details Hide Details Tennant featured as the Doctor in an animated version of Doctor Who for Totally Doctor Who, The Infinite Quest, which aired on CBBC. He also starred as the Doctor in another animated six-part Doctor Who series, Dreamland. Tennant guest starred as the Doctor in a two-part story in Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, broadcast in October 2009.
  • 2007
    Age 35
    In 2007, Tennant's Tenth Doctor appeared with Peter Davison's Fifth Doctor in a Doctor Who special for Children in Need, written by Steven Moffat and entitled "Time Crash".
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    He made his directorial debut on the Doctor Who Confidential episode that accompanies Steven Moffat's episode "Blink", entitled "Do You Remember The First Time?", which aired on 9 June 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 34
    In 2006, he recorded abridged audio books of The Stone Rose by Jacqueline Rayner, The Feast of the Drowned by Stephen Cole and The Resurrection Casket by Justin Richards, for BBC Worldwide.
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  • 2005
    Age 33
    From 2005 to 2007, Tennant dated actress Sophia Myles, with whom he acted in Foyle's War and the Doctor Who episode "The Girl in the Fireplace".
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    In 2005, he starred in UNIT: The Wasting for Big Finish, recreating his role of Brimmicombe-Wood from a Doctor Who Unbound play, Sympathy for the Devil.
    More Details Hide Details In both audio productions, he worked alongside Nicholas Courtney, who reprised the character of Sir Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. He also played an unnamed Time Lord in another Doctor Who Unbound play Exile. UNIT: The Wasting, was recorded between Tennant getting the role of the Doctor and it being announced. He played the title role in Big Finish's adaptation of Bryan Talbot's The Adventures of Luther Arkwright (2005).
    His first full-length outing as the Doctor was a 60-minute special, "The Christmas Invasion", first broadcast on Christmas Day 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Tennant had been formally offered the role of the Doctor during rehearsals for The Quatermass Experiment. Although the casting was not officially announced until later in April, both castmates and crew became aware of the speculation surrounding Tennant; in the live broadcast Jason Flemyng (Quatermass) changed his first line to Tennant's Dr Briscoe from "Good to have you back, Gordon" to "Good to have you back, Doctor" as a deliberate reference. Tennant has expressed enthusiasm about fulfilling his childhood dream. He remarked in a radio interview: "Who wouldn't want to be the Doctor? I've even got my own TARDIS!" In 2006, readers of Doctor Who Magazine voted Tennant "Best Doctor" over perennial favourite Tom Baker. In 2007, Tennant's Doctor was voted the "coolest character on UK television" in a Radio Times survey.. Writer Russell T Davies made the decision not to use Tennant's own Scottish accent for the character as he did not want the Doctor's accent "touring the regions", using Estuary English instead. 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. However he was pleased to be able to use his own accent in one episode, when the Doctor briefly masquerades as "Dr Jamie McCrimmon" of Edinburgh in Tooth and Claw – a nod to the Second Doctor's companion.
    He began filming the new series of Doctor Who in late July 2005.
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    Tennant replaced him as of the second series, making his first, brief appearance as the Tenth Doctor in the episode "The Parting of the Ways" (2005) at the end of the regeneration scene, and also appeared in a special 7-minute mini-episode shown as part of the 2005 Children in Need appeal, broadcast on 18 November 2005.
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    Doctor Who returned to British screens in 2005, with Christopher Eccleston playing the role of the Ninth Doctor in the first series.
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  • 2004
    Age 32
    He began to appear on television more prominently in 2004 and 2005, when he appeared in a dramatisation of He Knew He Was Right (2004), Blackpool (2004), Casanova (2005), and The Quatermass Experiment (2005).
    More Details Hide Details In film, he appeared in Bright Young Things (2003), and later that same year appeared as Barty Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
  • 2002
    Age 30
    During the Christmas season of 2002, he starred in a series of television advertisements for Boots the Chemists.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2000
    Age 28
    In television, he appeared in the first episode of Reeves and Mortimer's revamped Randall and Hopkirk in 2000, playing an eccentric artist.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Born
    Born on April 18, 1971.
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