Birth Date: April 18, 1971 / Age: 42
Birth Place: Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland, UK
Biography: David Tennant — real name David MacDonald — (born April 18, 1971 in Paisley, Scotland, United Kingdom) is a Scottish actor best known for playing various roles in BBC Dramas such as Casanova in the title role. He has recently received much publicity as the tenth actor to portray the Doctor in the television series Doctor Who, though as yet he has only appeared for around 20 seconds in the episode The Parting of the Ways.
David's father was a minister, and later Moderator of the General Assembly, of the Church of Scotland. At the age of three, David told his parents that he wanted to become an actor because he was mad about Doctor Who. Although such an aspiration might have been common for a British child of the 1970s, Tennant says he was "absurdly single-minded" in pursuing his goal. (He adopted the professional name "Tennant" because there was another "David MacDonald" on the books of Actors' Equity.)
Tennant began his career in the British theatre, frequently performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company for whom he specialized in comic roles such as Touchstone in As You Like It, Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors and Captain Jack Absolute in The Rivals, although he also played the tragic role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.
He has appeared in several high-profile dramas for the BBC, including He Knew He Was Right (2004), Blackpool (2004), Casanova (2005) and The Quatermass Experiment (2005). In film, he has appeared in Stephen Fry's Bright Young Things, and is to appear as Barty Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
He has also performed in several audio plays based on the Doctor Who television series by Big Finish Productions as well as having a small role in the BBC animated webcast Scream of the Shalka. Not originally cast in the production, Tennant happened to be recording a radio play in a neighbouring studio, and when he discovered what was being recorded next door managed to convince the director to give him a small role.
Tennant's name was put forward as a possible candidate to take on the role of the Ninth Doctor for the new series that began in March 2005, although the role eventually went to Christopher Eccleston. With Eccleston's announcement on March 30 that he would not be returning for a second series, the BBC confirmed Tennant as his replacement in a press release on April 16. He made his first appearance in the episode The Parting of the Ways (2005) after the regeneration scene.
He will begin filming the new series of Doctor Who in Cardiff in July 2005. Before that he will star in the ITV drama Secret Smile.