Over his twenty-seven year long acting career, DAVID TENNANT
has left a trail of memorable characters over an expansive and diverse array of
film, television and on-stage credits.
Currently, Tennant is in production on Amazon Studios' upcoming television
series "Good Omens." The show, based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's book
of the same name, is set in 2018 on the brink of an apocalypse as humanity
prepares for a final judgment. But Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and
Crowley, a demon, aren't enthusiastic about the end of the world, and can't seem
to find the Antichrist. Tennant will play "Crowley" alongside Michael Sheen's "Aziraphale."
The show will consist of six one-hour episodes.
Tennant, also currently voices "Scrooge McDuck" in Disney XD's animation
television series, "Duck Tales."
In December 2017, Tennant will voice the character "Angus" in 20th Century Fox's
"Ferdinand." The film tells the story of a giant bull, Ferdinand (John Cena),with
a big hear, who after being mistaken for a dangerous beast, is captured and torn
from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on
the ultimate adventure. The film will be released nationwide on December 15,
Tennant has wrapped production on Daisy Aitkens' romantic-comedy You, Me and
Him, which co-stars Lucy Punch and Faye Marsay. The film tells the story of a
lesbian couple's differing experiences with pregnancy and Tennant will play
'John,' their obnoxious neighbor who is closely linked to one of the women and
is set to release later this year.
In February 2017, Tennant starred as the world-renowned Scottish psychiatrist
'RD Laing' in Robert Mullan's Mad to be Normal alongside Elizabeth Moss. The
story follows Dr. Laing and his unique community at Kingsley Hall, East London
during the 1960's. The film completed production and is set to release later
Tennant is most recently known for his role as detective 'Alec Hardy,' on the
critically acclaimed ITV crime series Broadchurch. Tennant's character was
brought to the small town of Broadchurch to investigate the murder of an
11-year-old local boy. In its second season, Broadchurch was nominated and won
several awards, including the 2014 BAFTA TV Award for "Best Drama Series."
Season 3 of the series premiered in the UK in February 2017 and will premiere in
the US on BBC America on June 28th.
In 2017, Tennant was seen on-stage as Don Juan in Patrick Marber's "Don Juan in
Soho." Loosely based on MoliÃ©re's tragicomedy "Don Juan", this hilarious modern
update transports the action to contemporary London and follows the final
adventures of its debauched protagonist - a cruel seducer who lives only for
pleasure. The play ran for a limited season at Wyndham Theatre and closed on
In 2016, Tennant was seen on-stage as the title character in Shakespeare's
"Richard II" as a part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's "King & Country:
Shakespeare's Great Cycle Of Kings" series. The series marked the celebration of
the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and ran at the BAM Harvey Theater
for a 6-week period.
In November 2015, Tennant starred as the villainous 'Dr. Zebediah Kilgrave'
otherwise known as 'The Purple Man' opposite Krystin Ritter in the Netflix
Marvel series Jessica Jones. The streaming service aired the 13-episode in its
entirety on November 20th, 2015.
Tennant starred alongside Rosamund Pike in the British comedy What We Did on Our
Holiday as the dad of a family who struggles keeping any secret quiet on their
family trip. Lionsgate released the film in the US and on VOD on July 10th,
Tennant is most recognizable for his portrayal as the 10th Doctor on the widely
beloved series Doctor Who. The BBC science fiction series itself has become a
pop culture fixture and a fifty-year cult favorite. It depicts the adventures of
the time traveling humanoid alien Doctor as he defends himself against foes and
protects whole civilizations and people in need. In November 2013, and 2015 as
part of Doctor Who 's 50th Anniversary celebrations, Tennant's Doctor was
voted "The UK's Favourite Doctor" in a survey held by the Radio Times magazine.
Tennant has appeared in many spin-offs of the series. These include: his
directorial debut on the 2007 "Doctor Who Confidential" episode; a small role in
the show's webcast "Scream of the Shalka"; an appearance as the Doctor in an
animated version of the show for CBBC's Totally Doctor Who, The Infinite Quest;
and a starring role as the Doctor in another animated six-part Doctor Who series
entitled Dreamland. An enthusiast and loyal supporter of the series, Tennant
announced that he would be stepping down from the role in 2008 after his
participation in the 50th anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor." For his
part in the show, Tennant won three TV Quick Awards, three SFX Awards, four
National Television Awards, and two BAFTA awards, among numerous other
nominations over the course of his four-year Doctor tenure.
Since then, Tennant has gone on to star in a series of prodigious film roles. In
April 2012, he played the lead in a one-off drama entitled The Minor Character
for Sky Arts. Between April and June of the same year, he played the lead role
of 'Jean-François Mercier' in the BBC Four mini-series Spies of Warsaw. In 2010
he starred as a widowed father in the British drama Single Father, which
followed his character 'Dave' as he struggled to raise five children after the
death of his partner. For this role, he was nominated as "Best Actor" at the
Royal Television Society Programme Awards. Among his other accolades was a 2009
Critics Choice Award for "Best Shakespearean Performance" for his titular role
in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Hamlet.
In November 2008, Tennant starred in the BBC and HBO biopic Einstein and
Eddington. The TV movie featured him in the role of 'Sir Arthur Eddington,' who
was the first physicist to lend a helping hand to Albert Einstein as he sought
to prove his experimental and controversial theories.
In February of 2007, Tennant starred in Recovery, a 90-minute BBC One drama
written by Tony Marchant. He played 'Alan,' an ambitious site-manager attempting
to rebuild his life after a tragic brain injury. Later that same year, Tennant
starred in the BBC comedy drama Learners. The film, written by and starring
Jessica Hynes, featured Tennant as Christian driving instructor 'Chris,' who
finds himself the unsolicited object of a student's affection.
In 2005, the National Video Archive of Performance recorded Tennant as 'Jimmy
Porter' in the Theatre Royal play Look Back in Anger for the Victoria and Albert
Museum Theatre Collection. Further solidifying his place as one of the UK's
elite, Tennant made an appearance in the popular J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter
series as 'Barty Crouch Jr.' in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in the same
year. Also in 2005, Tennant portrayed the younger 'Casanova' in the British
television comedy drama serial Casanova.
As well as being a seasoned professional actor, he is an award-winning
voice-over actor. He has lent his voice to a wide range of characters, including
'Huyand' in animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars; "Spitelout" in How to
Train Your Dragon; and 'Twigs' in Tree Fu Tom, among others.
In 1996, at 25 years old, Tennant joined the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company) as
Touchstone in As You Like It and went on to play Jack Lane in The Herbal Bed,
the leading role in Romeo and Juliet, and Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy
of Errors (for which he received a nomination in the 2000 Ian Charleson awards
for Best Classical Actor under 30).
He returned to the RSC to play Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost and a much
acclaimed Hamlet in 2008 which the BBC made into a TV film version starring
Tennant in 2009. It was also the subject of a recent documentary as part of the
BBC's Shakespeare Unlocked series in 2012.
From his first projects with the Royal Shakespeare Company, to his first role in
the 1996 Touchstone production of As You Like It, to his present day resume of
timeless characters in all areas of performance, Tennant continues to amass an
ever-growing fanbase worldwide.
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