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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY - ELIGIBLES: MEN TOP 50 2007 - 1 DAVID TENNANT


1 David Tennant

Actor
, 36

Lives Cardiff and London

Who is he? The boy from Bathgate has come a long way from those early days playing a transsexual in Rab C Nesbitt. Now he's the most popular Time Lord ever (according to Doctor Who Magazine). But he's no one-trick pony. Along the way he has played the world's greatest lover (Casanova), a dark wizard (Barty Crouch Jr in Harry Potter) and is due to take on the tortured prince of Denmark in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Hamlet next year.

Past girlfriends include Anne-Marie Duff, the Shameless star, who is now married to James McAvoy, and he is reported to have recently split from actress Sophia Myles, whom he met when she appeared with him in the Doctor Who episode The Girl in the Fireplace. They started dating in October 2005 but David is said to have ended the relationship, blaming the lack of time they were able to spend together following Sophia's move to Los Angeles.

Plus The 6ft 1in star is gorgeous, yet modest - describing himself as "the least sexy man on the planet" - and refreshingly down to earth for one so famous. "Before I became known and I was in the company of somebody who was famous, I always imagined that it would give you great self-confidence," he says. "But I've discovered that the opposite is true. It does make you self-conscious and it can be a bit frightening at times. But I'm not complaining. I'm not an idiot. I knew what I was taking on."

Minus If his Time Lord abilities are real, there's always a chance he could metamorphose into the former Doctor Who/Worzel Gummidge actor Jon Pertwee.

Do Keep a low profile - he is notoriously private. "No one teaches you how to deal with all that sort of stuff," he has said of the interest in his private life. "You have to decide for yourself where the line will be drawn. It's about your own personal integrity. You just have to figure it out as you go along."

Don't Make any Skoda jokes. David drives one - and has twice been stopped for speeding in it.


This article was published by Scotland on Sunday on November 18, 2007.

I think it makes him all that much more sexy when describes himself as "the least sexy man on the planet".

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