David Tennant

David Tennant was born David John McDonald in West Lothian, Scotland, to Essdale Helen (McLeod) and Sandy McDonald, who was a Presbyterian minister. He is of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. 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 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. He also attended a youth theatre group at weekends run by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD - now renamed the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland [RCS]). When he was 16 he auditioned for and won a place at the RSAMD; the youngest student to ever do so, and started as a full time drama student when he was 17.

He worked regularly in theatre and TV after leaving drama school, and his first big break came in 1994 when he was cast in a lead role in the Scottish drama Takin' Over the Asylum (1994). He then moved to London where his career thrived. 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. David was cast to play the role of the Doctor in Doctor Who (2005) alongside Billie Piper, after Christopher Eccleston decided to leave. Playing the Doctor made him a household name. Since leaving the series in 2010 his career has continued to rise, with lead roles in films, TV series and theatre.

Known For

Credits

Cast Credits

Camping (2018)
Starring as Walt
Hang Ups (2018)
Starring as Martin Lamb
Final Space (2018)
Starring as Lord Commander (10 episodes)
Gudrun: The Viking Princess (2017)
Starring as Narrator (10 episodes)
DuckTales (2017)
Starring as Scrooge McDuck (11 episodes)
CBeebies Bedtime Stories (2017)
Guest starring as David Tennant (5 episodes)
Spy in the Wild (2017)
Starring as Narrator (5 episodes)
Inside Birmingham Children's Hospital (2016)
Starring as Narrator (8 episodes)
Marvel's Jessica Jones (2015)
Starring as Kilgrave / Kevin Thompson (11 episodes)
Guest starring as Kilgrave / Kevin Thompson
Bring the Noise (2015)
Guest starring as David Tennant
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)
Guest starring as David Tennant (2 episodes)
The One Show (2015)
Guest starring as David Tennant
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)
Guest starring as David Tennant
Gracepoint (2014)
Starring as Detective Emmett Carver (10 episodes)
W1A (2014)
Starring as Narrator (16 episodes)
Dolphins: Spy in the Pod (2014)
Starring as Narrator (2 episodes)
Portrait Artist of the Year (2013)
Guest starring as David Tennant
The Escape Artist (2013)
Starring as Will Burton
Broadchurch (2013)
Starring as D.I. Alec Hardy (24 episodes)
Penguins: Spy in the Huddle (2013)
Starring as Narrator (3 episodes)
The Last Leg (2013)
Guest starring as David Tennant (3 episodes)
Spies of Warsaw (2013)
Starring as Jean-François Mercier (2 episodes)
Stand Up to Cancer (2012)
Guest starring as David Tennant
  • Episode 2016-10-21: 2016 (Oct 21, 2016)
Comedy World Cup (2012)
Starring as Host
DreamWorks Dragons (2012)
Guest starring as Spitelout
True Love (2012)
Starring as Nick
  • Episode 1x01: Nick (Jun 17, 2012)
Tree Fu Tom (2012)
Starring as Twigs
Room 101 Extra Storage (2012)
Guest starring as David Tennant
Room 101 (2012)
Guest starring as David Tennant
The Jonathan Ross Show (2011)
Guest starring as David Tennant (2 episodes)
Twenty Twelve (2011)
Starring as Narrator (14 episodes)
Single Father (2010)
Starring as Dave
Ask Rhod Gilbert (2010)
Guest starring as David Tennant
Doctor Who: Dreamland (2009)
Starring as The Tenth Doctor (6 episodes)
BBC Children in Need Rocks (2009)
Starring as Presenter
The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007)
Guest starring as The Tenth Doctor (2 episodes)
Have I Got a Bit More News for You (2007)
Guest starring as Host (3 episodes)
Secret Smile (2005)
Starring as Brendan Block (2 episodes)
  • Episode 1x02: Part 2 (Dec 13, 2005)
  • Episode 1x01: Part 1 (Dec 12, 2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Starring as The Tenth Doctor (51 episodes)
Guest starring as The Tenth Doctor (2 episodes)
Casanova (2005)
Starring as Casanova
Blackpool (2004)
Starring as DI Peter Carlisle
Who Do You Think You Are? (2004)
Guest starring as David Tennant
QI (2003)
Guest starring as David Tennant
  • Episode 7x05: Groovy (Dec 24, 2009)
Foyle's War (2002)
Guest starring as Theo Howard
Top Gear (2002)
Guest starring as David Tennant (2 episodes)
Sport Relief (2002)
Guest starring as David Tennant
The Mrs Bradley Mysteries (2000)
Guest starring as Max Valentine
Family Guy (1999)
Guest starring as Dr. Who
Duck Patrol (1998)
Starring as Darwin
A Mug's Game (1996)
Guest starring as Gavin Chambers
  • Episode 1x02: Part 2 (Feb 4, 1996)
Takin' Over the Asylum (1994)
Starring as Campbell (6 episodes)
Have I Got News for You (1990)
Guest starring as Host (3 episodes)
This Morning (1988)
Guest starring as David Tennant (2 episodes)
Children in Need (1980)
Guest starring as David Tennant
Good Morning America (1975)
Guest starring as David Tennant
Good Omens ()
Starring as Crowley
gen:LOCK ()
Starring as Dr. Rufus Weller
There She Goes ()
Starring as Simon
Americons ()
Starring as TBA