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David Tennant's wife Georgia told she wasn't convincing screen partner for him

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·3-min read
David Tennant and Georgia Tennant in BBC's Staged. (GCB Films/Infinity Hill - Photographer: Paul Stephenson)
David Tennant and Georgia Tennant in BBC's Staged. (GCB Films/Infinity Hill - Photographer: Paul Stephenson)

Georgia Tennant was told by TV bosses she would not be “convincing” as husband David Tennant’s on-screen partner.

The 36-year-old Staged star – who has five children with the former Doctor Who actor – appears as 46-year-old David’s wife in the lockdown comedy in which they play themselves. But she has revealed she was previously told she was not a suitable casting match for David.

Georgia told the Radio Times: “Nobody seemed to want to let me do it. For one part I was told by a casting director that I wasn't a convincing partner for him…

David and Georgia Tennant are married with five kids. (Getty Images)
David and Georgia Tennant are married with five kids. (Getty Images)

“I was like, ‘But we're married. With quite a few kids!’ So, basically, every actor who could possibly play the part would have to be eliminated in order for me to be allowed to play his wife…”

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Staged – starring David and Michael Sheen – was filmed during the first 2020 lockdown over Zoom, with both actor’s real-life partners appearing as themselves on location from their own homes. It is about to return with a second series.

David Tennant and wife Georgia have allowed a glimpse inside their family home in lockdown comedy 'Staged'. (BBC)
David Tennant and wife Georgia play themselves in lockdown comedy 'Staged'. (BBC)

Georgia said: “We enjoy it, and I feel like Staged has proved it's possible. I'd like to go back to that casting director and say, 'See? I can play his wife!’”

The couple met in 2008 when they starred together in Doctor Who.

David Tennant and Georgia Tennant in Staged. (GCB Films/Infinity Hill - Photographer: Paul Stephenson)
David Tennant and Georgia Tennant in Staged. (GCB Films/Infinity Hill - Photographer: Paul Stephenson)

Georgia, the daughter of another former Time Lord Peter Davison, had eldest son Ty at the age of 18 in 2002. She married Tennant in 2011 and they have had four biological children together: nine-year-old daughter Olive, seven-year-old son Wilfred, five-year-old daughter Doris and 14-month-old Birdie.

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The pair admitted that the struggle of being locked down with five children had turn them into “the worst parents”.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 29:  (L-R) David Tennant, Ty Tennant and producer Georgia Tennant attend a special screening of "You, Me And Him" at Charlotte Street Hotel on March 29, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
David and Georgia Tennant with their teenage son Ty Tennant (Getty Images)

Georgia revealed: “It was the worst. It brought out the worst in us as parents.

“There was one point in something like week two, where I went, ‘I'm sorry. I just have to…’ and I climbed out the window and sat on our roof.

David Tennant and Georgia Tennant in Staged S2. (GCB Films/Infinity Hill - Photographer: Paul Stephenson)
David Tennant and Georgia Tennant in Staged S2. (GCB Films/Infinity Hill - Photographer: Paul Stephenson)

“It was the only place I could go where I knew that no one would think to look for me, because why would Mummy be sat on the roof?”

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