David Tennant

David Tennant

David Tennant portrayed Kilgrave in Jessica Jones.

Significant roles

  • Neil McDonald in Dramarama (1988)
  • Davina in Rab C. Nesbitt (1993)
  • Campbel in Takin' Over the Asylum (1994)
  • John MacBryde in The Tales of Para Handy (1995)
  • Simon "Darwin" Brown in Duck Patrol (1998)
  • Richard in L.A. without a Map (1998)
  • Max Valentine The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries (2000)
  • Gordon Stylus in Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000)
  • Gaz Whithney in High Stakes (2001)
  • Theo Howard in Foley's War (2002)
  • Greig Miller in Terri McIntyre (2003)
  • Caretaker in Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka (2003)
  • Mr. Gibson in He Knew He Was Right (2004)
  • D.I. Peter Carlisle in Blackpool (2004)
  • Casanova in Casanova (2005)
  • Dr. Gordon Briscoe in The Quatermass Experiment (2005)
  • Bartemius "Bart" Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
  • The Doctor in Doctor Who: Children in Need Special (2005)
  • Brendan Block in Secret Smile (2005)
  • The Doctor in Doctor Who (2005-2010, 2013)
  • The Doctor in Doctor Who: Attack of the Graske (2005)
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau in The Romantics (2006)
  • Richard Hoggart in The Chatterley Affair (2006)
  • Alan Hamilton in Recovery (2007)
  • Regenerated Tony Blair in Dead Ringers (2007)
  • The Doctor in Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest (2007)
  • The Doctor in Doctor Who: Time Crash (2007)
  • The Doctor in Doctor Who: Music of the Spheres (2008)
  • Arthur Eddington in Einstein and Eddington (2008)
  • The Doctor in The Sarah Jane Adventures (2009)
  • The Doctor in Doctor Who: Dreamland (2009)
  • Lord Pomfrey in St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold (2009)
  • Hamlet in Hamlet (2009)
  • Rex Alexander in Rex Is Not Your Lawyer (2010)
  • Spitelout in How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
  • Dave in Singlefather (2010)
  • Jimmy Murphy in United (2011)
  • James Neil Arber in The Decoy Bride (2011)
  • Peter Vincent in Fright Night (2011)
  • Charles Darwin in The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (2012)
  • Charles Darwin in So You Want to Be a Pirate! (2012)
  • Huyang in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2012)
  • Twigs in Tree Fu Tom (2012-2013)
  • Spitelout in Dragons (2012-2013)
  • Jean-François Mercier in Spies of Warsaw (2013)
  • Aiden Hoynes in The Politician's Husband (2013)
  • Will Burton in Will Burton (2013)
  • Richard II in Royal Shakespeare Company: Richard II (2013)
  • Alec Hardy in Broadchurch (2013-2015)
  • Wilf in Postman Pat: The Movie (2014)
  • Det. Emmett Carver in Gracepoint (2014)


  • "I grew up on Marvel comics, so it’s very exciting to be part of their ever expanding entertainment empire. It’s great. I love the movies, I love the TV shows that they do, so I’m very pleased to be part of one. I grew up an absolute devotee to the worlds of Marvel, so the fact that they’ve expanded now into TV and film is something that I think I sort of fantasied about when I was younger. So now to be part of it, to be on the other side of it is a thrill."
  • "Who says it’s a villain? Make no assumptions. I’m saying nothing … I’ve found myself in another world which I can answer no questions about."
  • "You should read these scripts. They’re really good."
  • "This is something I grew up with. It’s like my eight year old self doesn’t know what to do with himself."
  • "I think comic books are a glorious wonderful art form and I think Marvel is one of the things that we’ll be looking back on in a hundred years’ time, they’ll be one of the cornerstones of our cultural existence."
  • "You just read the script and you go 'Well writing isn't this good normally – these scripts are just perfection.' So I just thought this is a gamble worth taking."

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