David Tennant is a Scottish actor who has made a name for himself in both stage and screen. Born on April 18, 1971, in Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland, Tennant's real name is David John McDonald. He adopted the stage name "Tennant" after seeing Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys on the cover of a magazine.

Early Life and Education

Tennant grew up in Ralston, Renfrewshire with his parents and older sister. He developed an interest in acting from a young age and performed in school plays. After completing his secondary education at Paisley Grammar School, he enrolled at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now known as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).

Stage Career

Tennant began his professional acting career on stage. In 1991, he joined the renowned theater company Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) where he performed in several productions including "The Comedy of Errors," "Romeo and Juliet," and "Hamlet." His portrayal of Hamlet received critical acclaim and earned him a nomination for an Olivier Award.

Television Breakthrough

In addition to his success on stage, Tennant made a big impact on television. One of his breakout roles came in 2005 when he was cast as the Tenth Doctor in the popular sci-fi series "Doctor Who." His charismatic portrayal of the Time Lord captivated audiences around the world and solidified his status as one of Britain's most beloved actors. He portrayed the character until 2010.

Film Career

Outside of television, Tennant has also appeared in various films. Some notable productions include "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005), where he played the role of Barty Crouch Jr., and "Marvel's Jessica Jones" (2015-2019), a Netflix series in which he portrayed Kilgrave, a complex and compelling villain.

Awards and Recognitions

Throughout his career, Tennant has received several awards for his outstanding performances. He has won multiple National Television Awards and BAFTA Awards for his work on "Doctor Who," as well as numerous other accolades including the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his role in "Broadchurch."

Personal Life

David Tennant married actress Georgia Moffett in 2011. They have five children together, including Tennant's stepson. A supporter of various charitable causes, Tennant actively participates in charity events and campaigns.


David Tennant is an accomplished actor who has left an indelible mark on both stage and screen. From captivating audiences as Doctor Who to delivering compelling performances in films and television series, he continues to be a highly respected figure in the entertainment industry. Tennant's talent, versatility, and passion for acting make him one of the most celebrated actors of his generation.