Apr. 18th, 1971
Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland, UK
David Tennant's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - How to Train Your Dragon
2009 - Glorious 39
2009 - St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold
2005 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2003 - Bright Young Things
1996 - Jude
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Presenter
David Tennant was born David John McDonald on the 18th April 1971 in West Lothian, Scotland, to a father who was a Presbyterian minister. When he was about 3 or 4 years old, he decided to become an actor because of the BBC show "Doctor Who" (the series that started in 1963). He was appearing on television before he started school!
He was brought up in Bathgate and became 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."
He was first noticed by Scottish television at a Saturday youth club he attended. He trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
In 2005, his wish came true. David was cast to play the role of the Doctor in the BBC'S new series of "Doctor Who" alongside Billie Piper, after Christopher Eccleston decided to leave. After that, he became a household name.
- While attending Paisley Grammar School, he wrote an essay on how his greatest desire was to play Doctor Who on TV.
- Favorite actress is 'Audrey Hepburn' (qv).
- His heroes are 'John Cleese' (qv) and 'Derek Jacobi' (qv).
- Chose his acting surname from 'Neil Tennant' (qv), singer with Pet Shop Boys. This came after reading an interview with Tennant in Smash Hits shortly after learning that he would have to change his professional name in order to join the actors' union, Equity, as there was already a registered member with his real name, David McDonald.
- Graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
- He was nominated for a 2003 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) Theatre Award for Best Actor of 2002 for his performance in "Lobby Hero" performed at the Donmar Warehouse and the New Ambassador's Theatres.
- Says that his favorite Doctor from the original _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv) was 'Peter Davison (I)' (qv), who reprised his role as the Fifth Doctor alongside Tennant in the Children in Need special episode, "Time Crash.".
- Has a brother, Blair, and a sister, Karen.