David Tennant Net Worth: How Rich Is This “Doctor Who” Actor?

Scottish actor David John Tennant, formerly known as McDonald, was born on April 18, 1971, in Glasgow. He became well-known for his portrayal of the Tenth Doctor in the BBC science fiction program Doctor Who from 2005 to 2010.

While he is best known for playing Giacomo in the BBC comedy-drama series Casanova (2005), his other notable roles include Hamlet in the Royal Shakespeare Company film adaptation (2009), Barty Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), DI Alec Hardy in the ITV crime drama Broadchurch (2013–2017), and Kilgrave in the Netflix superhero series Jessica Jones (2015-2019).

Actor David Tennant is well-known for his stage and screen performances. His credits include playing Hamlet's lead role in the 2008 staging and voicing Scrooge McDuck on DuckTales from 2017 to 2021. The National Television Award for Special Recognition was given to him in 2015.

Early life

The son of Helen (née McLeod; 1940–2007) and Alexander “Sandy” McDonald (1937–2016), a priest and Moderator of the Church of Scotland's General Assembly, Tennant was born David John McDonald on April 18, 1971, in Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland.  He was born in Ralston, Renfrewshire, the son of a village minister, and grew up there with his brothers Blair and Karen.

William and Agnes Blair, two of his maternal great-grandparents from County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, signed the Ulster Covenant in 1912.

Also, William belonged to the Orange Lodge. Tennant's paternal grandpa Archie McLeod, a player for Derry City FC, met William and Agnes McLeod's daughter Nellie. Originally from the Isle of Mull, McLeod hailed from a long line of tenant farmers.

It wasn't until the age of three that Tennant's parents realized he wanted to be an actor and urged him to pursue a more conventional career path.

He subsequently said that pursuing an acting profession was “absurdly single-minded” for him. As a fan of Doctor Who, he was able to meet Tom Baker at a book signing event in Glasgow and chat with the actor about the show.

At Ralston Primary and Paisley Grammar Schools, he participated in several school performances as an actor.  After she watched him perform at the age of 10, actress Edith MacArthur informed his parents that she felt he would be a great theatre performer.


Acting career

David Tennant Net Worth

Tennant made his acting debut in a professional capacity while still a high school student. During his teenage years, he starred in a Glasgow Health Board anti-smoking film that was shown on television and in schools.

After that, he appeared in an episode of Dramarama in the following year. Upon graduating from theatre school, Tennant appeared in a production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui with Ashley Jensen, one of the agitprop 7:84 Theatre Company's pieces.  Rab C Nesbitt also featured him as a transsexual barmaid called Davina in an early televised appearance. He featured in a number of productions at the Dundee Repertory Theatre during the nineties.

As Campbell Bain, Tennant made his acting debut in BBC Scotland's Takin' Over the Asylum (1994), thanks to his performance as Strathblair's director David Blair (1992). “They needed someone who could believably appear 19 and insane,” Tennant said during the audition.  She is a comedy actor and writer, who he met while filming the movie Takin' Over the Asylum.

Weir's youngest child had him as a godfather during his brief stay in London after his arrival. Since then, he and Weir have worked together on other projects, including Posh Nosh, a Doctor Who audio drama in which Weir portrayed an alternate Doctor, and the West Wing Ultimate Quiz on More4 (Weir later guest-starred on Doctor Who itself after Tennant left the series).

It was in 1996's Jude, that he had a moment with Christopher Eccleston as an inebriated student who challenged Eccleston's Jude to show his intelligence. Eccleston went on to play the Doctor's eighth incarnation before David Tennant took over the role.

David Tennant's Net Worth

David Tennant Net Worth

David Tennant is the star of the show. David Tennant, a Scottish actor, has a net worth of $7 million. As the tenth Doctor in the British television series “Doctor Who” and Barty Crouch, Jr. in the film “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” David Tennant is most recognized for his roles.

A native of Ralston in Renfrewshire and a son of David John McDonald, David Tennant was born in Bathgate, West Lothian on April 18, 1971, and raised with his brothers Blair and Karen. Despite his parents' best efforts, Tennant at the age of three told them that he wanted to be an actor because he was a big admirer of “Doctor Who.”

When he met Tom Baker at a book signing event in Glasgow, he had been a fan of “Doctor Who” for a long time. “Absurdly single-minded” is how Tennant describes himself when it comes to pursuing an acting profession. His stage name is based on the Pet Shop Boys' leader, Neil Tennant, who attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama at the age of 16.

It was in the 1994 Scottish drama “Takin' Over the Asylum” that Tennant got his big break as Campbell, a manic depressive. In 2005, David Tennant was appointed as the tenth Doctor. “The Christmas Invasion” was his first full-length appearance as the Doctor, which aired on Christmas Day 2005, and he remained in the role until 2010.

Personal life

David Tennant Net Worth

Tennant says “relationships are hard enough with the people you're having them with, let alone talking about them in public” He feels religion “must-have” affected his character and occasionally attends church.
Tennant is the son-in-law of Sandra Dickinson and Peter Davison.

The pair met while filming “The Doctor's Daughter” in 2008. She played Tennant's genetically created daughter. They married in December 2011[116] and live in London's Chiswick. Tennant adopted Moffett's child from a previous relationship, Ty. Ty has appeared in Tolkien and War of the Worlds. Olive was born on March 29, 2011.

Olive first appeared in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot as John Barrowman's daughter. At 10, she appeared in Kenneth Branagh's Belfast.   Tennant and Moffett had Wilfred in May 2013. Tennant announced they had a daughter called Doris on 9 November 2015. Birdie was born on 13 October 2019.


Tennant supports Labour and participated in a 2005 party broadcast. In 2010, he backed Gordon Brown and called David Cameron “terrifying.” In April 2010, he narrated a Labour election campaign.  In 2012, he introduced Ed Miliband to the Labour Party Conference. In 2015, he voiced a Labour Party election broadcast.

Tennant stayed neutral on the question of Scottish independence before the 2014 vote, saying it was none of his concern.

After the “depressing” Brexit, he declared in 2017 that he would back an independent Scotland in a second vote.

Frequently Asked Questions

When Was David Tennant Doctor Who?

Tennant portrayed the Tenth Doctor from 2005 to 2010, while Tate portrayed Donna Noble, the companion of the Doctor, from 2006 to 2010.

Will David Tennant Return to Doctor Who?

The BBC has confirmed that David Tennant and Catherine Tate will reprise their roles in Doctor Who for the show's 60th-anniversary festivities. After a 12-year hiatus, the two have reunited to film sequences for an upcoming episode.

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