Date of Birth : Apr 18th 1971
Already a well-known theatre actor, Tennant achieved wider fame for his TV roles in Casanova and Doctor Who, as well as his film role as Barty Crouch Jr in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Tennant developed his career in the British theatre, frequently performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company for whom he specialised in comic roles such as Touchstone in As You Like It, Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors (a role he recorded for the 1998 Arkangel Complete Shakespeare production of the play) and Captain Jack Absolute in The Rivals, although he also played the tragic role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. It was announced on 30 August 2007 that he is returning to the RSC, to play Hamlet (alongside Patrick Stewart) and Berowne (in Love’s Labours Lost) from July to November 2008.
Tennant’s name was put forward as a possible candidate for 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 30 March that he would not be returning for a second series, the BBC confirmed Tennant as his replacement in a press release on 16 April. He made his first, brief appearance in the episode “The Parting of the Ways” (2005) after the regeneration scene, and also appeared in a special 7-minute mini-episode shown as part of the 2005 Children in Need appeal, broadcast on 18 November 2005.
Tennant will continue to play the Tenth Doctor into the revived programme’s fourth series in 2008, and in the three specials that will make up the 2009 series.
In 2007, Tennant’s Tenth Doctor appeared alongside Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor, at age 56, in a Doctor Who special for Children in Need, written by Steven Moffat entitled “Time Crash”. This was the first official time that a Doctor from the New Series met a Doctor from the original 26-year run. This is also the first “multi-Doctor” story in the New Series and the first since The Two Doctors in 1985.