David Tennant (born David John Mc Donald; 18 April 1971) is a Scottish actor known for his roles as the Tenth Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who, Alec Hardy in Broadchurch, Giacomo Casanova in the TV serial Casanova, Kilgrave in Jessica Jones, and Barty Crouch, Jr. In addition to his appearances on screen, he has worked as a voice actor and in theatre, including a critically acclaimed stage production of Hamlet.Tennant's maternal great-grandparents, William and Agnes Blair, were staunch Protestants from County Londonderry, and were among the signatories of the Ulster Covenant in 1912.

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Tennant made his professional acting debut while still in secondary school.

When he was 16, he acted in an anti-smoking film made by the Glasgow Health Board which aired on television and was also screened in schools.

The following year, he played a role in an episode of Dramarama.

Tennant's first professional role upon graduating from drama school was in a staging of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui costarring Ashley Jensen, one of a few plays in which he performed as part of the agitprop Theatre Company.

Tennant's first major TV role was as the manic depressive Campbell in the Scottish drama series Takin' Over the Asylum (1994).

During filming, he met comic actress and writer Arabella Weir.When he moved to London shortly afterwards, he lodged with Weir for five years and became godfather to her youngest child.Mc Leod's parents were from the Isle of Mull and are descended from tenant farmers.He acted in school productions throughout primary and secondary school.Tennant's talent at this young age was spotted by Scottish actress Edith Mac Arthur.After seeing his first performance at age 11, she told his parents he would become a successful stage actor.