|“||I'm a good person, I hope. But I'm never as good as I want to be, never as nice as I want to be, never as generous as I want to be.||”|
|— David Tennant|
David Tennant is an award-winning Scottish actor who has appeared in such productions as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (as Barty Crouch Jr.), Casanova (as Giacomo Casanova), and Single Father (as Dave Tiler). One of his most well-known roles was that of The Doctor in the BBC show Doctor Who, in which he played the character for almost 5 years (the 10th actor to play the role).
David was born David John McDonald in Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland to a Presbyterian minister and his wife. As early as 3 years old, he decided he wanted to act and was spotted first by Scottish TV while performing in a youth theatre club when he was 16. He would move on to attending the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and his pivotal career role came with the BBC TV production Takin' Over the Asylum. Finally, in 1996 at the age of 25, David joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, the same as his Dragons colleague, Alfred Molina, had 19 years earlier.
Tennant narrated the audiobook versions of Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon novels, leading some readers to speculate that his performance was the inspiration for the Scottish accents of the adults in the film. He was mentioned in the last book's acknowledgements.
Tennant plays a minor role in the How to Train Your Dragon film adaptation, subsequent TV series, and the Netflix Original series as Snotlout's father, Spitelout Jorgenson, as well as supplying additional voices for some of the other Vikings of Berk.
|2005||Doctor Who||The Tenth Doctor||Television series|
|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||Barty Crouch Jr.||Feature film|
|2014||Gracepoint||Emmett Carver||Television series|
|2018||Mary Queen of Scots||John Knox|
|2015–2019||Jessica Jones||Kilgrave||Television series|
|2008–2020||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||Huyang|
DreamWorks Dragons Filmography
|2010||How to Train Your Dragon||Spitelout Jorgenson||Feature film|
|"Intro to Dragons"||Narrator||Featurette|
|2012||Dragons: Riders of Berk||Spitelout Jorgenson||Television series|
|2013||Dragons: Defenders of Berk|
|2004–2016||How to Train Your Dragon||Narrator||Book series|
|2015–2018||Dragons: Race to the Edge||Spitelout Jorgenson||Television series|
|2019||How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World||Feature film|
|Ivar the Witless|
Other Notable Credits
Along with Dragons, David has narrated a Viking themed TV series for BBC's Cbeebies titled Gudrun: The Viking Princess. The show included educational content about Viking history, played out by a developed group of original characters, and filmed on-site of David's home country of Scotland. It aired in December 2017.