Tennant to play Hamlet in BBC production

LONDON, May 29 (UPI) -- Scottish actor David Tennant has signed on to reprise the title role he played on stage in "Hamlet" in a BBC television production of the drama.
Theatergoers honor Tennant

Theatergoers honor Tennant

LONDON, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- David Tennant's return to the British stage as Hamlet after back surgery has been named the theater event of the year by participants in an online poll.

11th Doctor Who signs five-year deal

LONDON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The 11th "Doctor Who," newcomer Matt Smith, has signed a multiyear contract with the BBC worth more than $1 million over the life of the pact.

Tennant, Jacobi share Shakespeare gong

LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- David Tennant and Derek Jacobi are this year's co-winners of Britain's Critics' Circle Theatre Award for best Shakespearean actor.

Tennant back on stage as Hamlet

LONDON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Scottish actor David Tennant has returned to the London stage production of "Hamlet" after undergoing back surgery, the BBC said.

Next Doctor Who a veritable unknown

LONDON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The career of actor Matt Smith got a lift with the BBC's announcement he will be the next star of the British TV mainstay "Doctor Who."

New Doctor Who to be named soon

LONDON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The name of the 11th actor to play the iconic British television character Doctor Who is to be revealed shortly, the BBC said.

RSC: Tennant may return to 'Hamlet'

LONDON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- The Royal Shakespeare Company says there is a chance Scottish actor David Tennant may return to its London stage production of "Hamlet."

Tennant out of 'Hamlet' for now

LONDON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Scottish actor David Tennant was to undergo surgery for a slipped disc in his back Thursday, taking him out of his stage production of "Hamlet," the BBC said.

No Tennant for 'Hamlet' press night

LONDON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Scottish actor David Tennant's back injury kept him from starring in the critics-night performance of "Hamlet" in London Tuesday, the BBC said.

Old injury sidelines 'Hamlet' star Tennant

LONDON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A recurring back injury forced Scottish actor David Tennant to drop out of Monday's performance of "Hamlet" in London, the BBC said.

'Doctor Who' preview answers no questions

LONDON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- A preview of a "Doctor Who" TV special offered no definitive answer as to who will be the next star of the British series, The Daily Telegraph says.

Tennant: Piper could be next 'Doctor Who'

LONDON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Outgoing "Doctor Who" star David Tennant says British actress and pop singer Billie Piper could be the next titular Time Lord on the series.

David Tennant leaving 'Doctor Who'

LONDON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Scottish actor David Tennant has announced he is leaving the beloved science fiction television drama "Doctor Who."

Advance tix for Dr. Who 'Hamlet' sold out

LONDON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The London performances of "Hamlet," featuring "Doctor Who" star David Tennant in the lead role, sold out in three hours, the Royal Shakespeare Company said.
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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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