One of Scotland’s greatest actors, David Tennant has won almost universal acclaim from audiences, critics, and fellow professionals for his award-winning performances on stage and screen. He is best known for his role as the 10th Doctor in BBC’s Doctor Who TV Series, the longest-running science fiction TV series in the United Kingdom. He is also known for playing Barty Crouch Jr in the motion picture adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and The Purple Man/Killgrave in the Jessica Jones Netflix series based on the Marvel comics by the same name.
He was only 3 or 4 years old when he decided to become an actor and play the role of the Doctor in Doctor Who. He made his first television appearance (which was also his first professional acting job) when he was 16 after his father sent some photos of him to a casting director at Scottish television. He also attended a youth theatre group at weekends run by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. When he was 16 he auditioned for and won a place at the RSAMD; the youngest student to ever do so, and started as a full-time drama student when he was 17.
He worked regularly in theatre and TV after leaving drama school, and his first big break came in 1994 when he was cast in a lead role in the Scottish drama Takin’ Over the Asylum (1994). He then moved to London where his career thrived. Amongst other things, he spent several years as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and became famous for his lead roles in TV dramas Blackpool and Casanova.
In 2005, his childhood wish came true. David was cast to play the role of the Doctor in Doctor Who alongside Billie Piper after Christopher Eccleston decided to leave. Playing the Doctor made him a household name. Since leaving the series in 2010 his career has continued to rise, with lead roles in films, TV series, and theatre.