Fast Facts

  • His grandfather, Archie McLeod, was a professional soccer player with Derry City F.C. in Northern Ireland during the 1930s, and Tennant is a member of the club's supporters.
  • His father, a retired minister, is a former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
  • As a teenager in the 1980s, wanted to join the actors' union Equity, which already had a person registered with his birth name (David McDonald); he adopted the stage surname Tennant, after Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys.
  • Cut his acting teeth with Scotland's political 7:84 Theatre Group and had several starring roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company (Romeo and Juliet; As You Like It).
  • In 2005, became the tenth incarnation of the mysterious time traveler in the sci-fi cult favorite Doctor Who, the show that made him want to be an actor (when Tom Baker was playing the role in the 1970s).
  • In 2007, under his birth name, was added to the 159th edition of Who's Who, the United Kingdom's oldest biographical yearbook.
  • Has provided voices for the audio-book versions of Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon series.
  • Supports the Association for International Cancer Research and Headway Essex, a brain-injury charity.

Awards

  • 2003, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2015, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Actor in a New TV Series: Winner

Relationships

  • Barry McLaughlin — Cousin
  • Tyler — Stepson
  • Olive — Daughter
  • Sophia Myles — Ex-significant Other
  • Georgia Moffett — Wife
  • Helen — Mother
  • Alexander — Father
  • Nellie Blair — Grandmother
  • Archie McLeod — Grandfather
  • Blair — Brother
  • Karen — Sister

College

  • Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, Scotland (1991)

Details

  • Birth Name: David John McDonald
  • Birth Place: West Lothian, Scotland
  • Birthday: April 18, 1971, Aries
  • Profession: Actor
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