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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.

Dragons Career

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.

Selected Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
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
2013–2017 Broadchurch Alec Hardy
2017 Ferdinand Angus Feature film
2018 Mary Queen of Scots John Knox
2015–2019 Jessica Jones Kilgrave Television series
2019 Good Omens Crowley
2008–2020 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Huyang

DreamWorks Dragons Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
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
Spitelout Jorgenson

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.


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