David Tennant is a Scottish actor and dubbing artist who has performed both on screen and on stage. He decided very early on to become an actor and the idea grew and matured with him, which led to the fact that he never wanted to do anything else. He gained prominence by playing the tenth doctor in the series Doctor Who (2005) and has played many leading roles, including Touchstone in As You Like It and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.
David Tennant Biography
The favorite actor was born on April 18, 1971, as David John McDonald in Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland, and is from Scotland and Ulster Scotland. David became interested in acting at the tender age of 3 or 4 when he was watching television and wanted to tell wonderful stories like the people on television. When he later learned from his parents that people who tell stories actually do their job and get paid for it, he decided to join the Storytellers’ League as well, inspired by his love for Doctor Who (1963).
He attended Ralston Elementary School and Paisley High School and was a loyal fan of the Doctor Who series, especially during the era of Tom Baker and Peter Davidson. David revealed his desire to become a professional actor and play the Doctor in his favorite series in the essays he wrote in school. His dream was to become reality when he was cast by Russell T. Davies as the tenth Doctor. He became the second of three Scottish actors after Sylvester McCoy and before Peter Capaldi to play the role of the Doctor.
David started acting in elementary school and went on to secondary school. He had his first stage appearance at the age of 11 when the Scottish actress Edith MacArthur discovered his acting skills at such a young age and told his parents that they had a successful stage actor in the pipeline.
Unwavering in his determination to become a professional actor, he attended theatre group courses on Saturdays at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) – now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS). Unimpressed by the many better talents, David made his professional television debut when he was 16 years old in an anti-smoking film made by the Glasgow Health Board and shown in schools.
The young actor applied for a place at the Academy and won at only 16, making him the youngest student ever to do so. He was there between the ages of 17 and 20. At that time he took the name David Tennant to join the actors’ union “Equity” as there was already a registered member with his real name. The name was inspired by an interview he read with the Pet Shop Boys’ frontman, Neil Tennant.
He later legally changed his name to David Tennant to comply with the rules of the Screen Actors’ Guild of America (i.e. that the stage name must be identical to the legal name). And today we know him by his stage name.
After he left the Drama Academy, he became an integral part of theatre and television. He became a part of the Agitprop 7:84 Theatre Company and performed in some plays. One of them was the production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. In the 1990s David also appeared in a number of plays at the Dundee Repertory Theatre.
David Tennant Television Appearances
After his appearance in the Scottish TV sitcom Rab C Nesbitt as transsexual barmaid Davina, he had his breakthrough on TV in the Scottish drama Takin’ Over the Asylum (1994). There he played the leading role as the manic-depressive Campbell. During the shooting, he met a comic author and actress Arabella Weir, with whom he stayed for five years when he moved to London.
During his stay in London, he made progress in his career and appeared with Weir in many productions, including as a guest in her parody television series Posh Posh, in the radio play Doctor Who Exile (in which Weir played an alternative version of the Doctor).
In 1996 he played the role of a drunk student in Jude with Christopher Eccleston. He also played several roles in his native Scottish accent, including the first episode of Reeves and Mortimer’s Revamped Randall and Hopkirk in 2000, where he played an eccentric artist, and an episode of Doctor Who, Tooth, and Claw.
After appearing in a leading role in Blackpool (2004) and Cassanova (2005), he became better known on television in 2004 and 2005. 2005 was also the year in which his childhood dream of playing Doctor became reality. After Christopher Eccleston left the series, David was cast for the role. This unique performance made him a well-known name and the people’s favorite, and even after he left the series in 2010, his career continued to reach its peak.
The tenth Doctor also appeared in the movies. He was in Bright Young Things (2003) and in the same year portrayed Barty Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Royal Shakespeare Company
In addition to his various castings, he was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company for several years. His first role was as a court jester, Touchstone in As You Like It (1996). He then specialized in comic roles, playing Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors and Captain Jack Absolute in The Rivals. Deviating from comedy, he played the role of Romeo in the tragedy Romeo and Juliet.
Several audio dramatizations of Shakespeare have enjoyed his contributions in his natural accent. In the Shakespeare series Arkangel (1998) he played numerous roles, including Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice, Edgar/Poor Tom in King Lear, and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet.
David Tennant Family, Wife, Children
The extraordinary actor was born the son of Alexander “Sandy” McDonald, a retired Presbyterian minister who hosted the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and his mother, Essdale Helen McLeod. He grew up with his siblings Blair and Karen in Ralston, Renfrewshire.
His mother was born in 1940 and died of cancer in July 2007. Her death inspired him to become a prominent supporter of the Association for International Cancer Research. Sandy was born in 1937 and died in 2016.
David was not only connected to the Doctor Who series through his incarnation as the tenth doctor, but he is also the son-in-law of his favorite doctor, the fifth, Peter Davidson.
In November 2007 he met Davidson’s daughter, the actress Georgia Moffett, on the set of Doctor Who (2005). They reportedly got engaged and moved in together in January 2011. On December 30, 2011, the duo exchanged their wedding vows.
The union has grown to include 4 children. Their first child, a daughter named Olive, was born on March 29, 2011. He adopted his wife’s son, Tyler, in 2011. Their second child together, a son named Wilfred, was born on 3 May 2013. His fourth child, a girl named Doris, was born in 2015.
David Tennant’s Net Worth
David has had enormous success in his career and has also received much applause for his brilliant portrayal of his characters. During his acting career, he has accumulated a net worth of 7 million dollars.