'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary postage stamps on the way

'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary postage stamps on the way

LONDON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- England's Royal Mail and BBC Worldwide say they have created a series of postage stamps commemorating the 50th anniversary of TV's "Doctor Who."
Hugh Grant on the joy of playing 'Pirates!'

Hugh Grant on the joy of playing 'Pirates!'

NEW YORK, April 30 (UPI) -- British film star Hugh Grant jokes that the animators behind his new movie "Pirates! Band of Misfits" helped him be the actor he has always wanted to be.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Grant teased Thornton about Disraeli phobia

Grant teased Thornton about Disraeli phobia

NEW YORK, April 26 (UPI) -- British actor Hugh Grant admits to taunting his "Love Actually" co-star Billy Bob Thornton about his phobia of former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

'Doctor Who' stars reunite on stage

LONDON, June 2 (UPI) -- Former "Doctor Who" co-stars David Tennant and Catherine Tate are appearing together in a London stage production of "Much Ado About Nothing."

Tennant says TV sex scene took many takes

LONDON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Scottish actor David Tennant says he had to try several times to get a sex scene with co-star Suranne Jones right for his new drama "Single Father."
8M watch debut of new 'Doctor Who' star

8M watch debut of new 'Doctor Who' star

LONDON, April 5 (UPI) -- About 8 million viewers tuned in to watch the debut of Matt Smith in the title role of British television's "Doctor Who," the BBC said.
'Who' props headed to the auction block

'Who' props headed to the auction block

LONDON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Props and costumes used on the iconic British science-fiction series "Doctor Who" are to be auctioned off in London, Bonhams auction house said.

Millions watch Tennant's 'Doctor' finale

LONDON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- A New Year's Day showing of actor David Tennant's last appearance on "Doctor Who" earned the British TV series 10.4 million viewers, early figures indicate.

'Who' writer Davies proud of last episodes

LONDON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Russell T. Davies, chief writer for "Doctor Who," said actor David Tennant's final episodes with the British TV series turned out well.
Jerry O'Connell to co-star in 'Rex'

Jerry O'Connell to co-star in 'Rex'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Jerry O'Connell has signed up to co-star with David Tennant in the pilot for the possible NBC series "Rex is Not Your Lawyer."

Tennant to star in U.S. television pilot

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Scottish actor David Tennant has been cast in a U.S. television legal dramedy pilot, sources told The Hollywood Reporter.

Tennant emotional about leaving 'Doctor'

LONDON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Scottish actor David Tennant said he was very emotional filming his final scenes as the lead of the science fiction series "Doctor Who."
Simm: Working on 'Who' was 'such fun'

Simm: Working on 'Who' was 'such fun'

LONDON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- British actor John Simm says the upcoming two-part "Doctor Who" Christmas special is a "brilliant send-off" for outgoing star, David Tennant.

Smith begins work as new 'Doctor Who'

LONDON, July 24 (UPI) -- British actor Matt Smith has begun shooting his first season as the titular character in TV's "Doctor Who," the BBC said Friday.
Tennant to co-star in 'St. Trinian's' film

Tennant to co-star in 'St. Trinian's' film

LONDON, July 7 (UPI) -- Scottish actor David Tennant has signed on to co-star alongside Colin Firth and Rupert Everett in the next film in the "St. Trinian's" franchise.
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David Tennant (born David John McDonald on 18 April 1971) is a Scottish actor. In addition to his work in theatre, including a widely praised Hamlet, Tennant is best known for his role as the tenth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, along with the title role in the 2005 TV serial Casanova and as Barty Crouch, Jr. in the 2005 film adaptation, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Tennant was born in Bathgate, West Lothian and grew up with his brother Blair and sister Karen in Ralston, Renfrewshire, where his father Alexander was the local Church of Scotland minister. Tennant's maternal great-grandparents, William and Agnes Blair, were staunch Protestants from Derry in Northern Ireland and among the signatories of the Ulster Covenant; William was a member of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland. Tennant's maternal grandfather, footballer Archie McLeod, met William and Agnes' daughter Nellie while playing for Derry City.

Tennant was educated at Ralston Primary and Paisley Grammar School where he enjoyed a fruitful relationship with English language teacher Moira Robertson, who was among the first to recognise his potential. He acted in school productions throughout primary and secondary school (his talent at this young age was spotted by actress Edith MacArthur, who after seeing his first role aged 11, told his parents she predicted he would become a successful stage actor). He also attended Saturday classes at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. At 16 he passed an audition for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, one of their youngest students, and studied there between the ages of 17-20. He earned a bachelor's degree and was flatmates with friend Louise Delamere.

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