David Tennant's Dad Tells Of Joy Over National Television Award

David Tennant's father, the Very Rev Sandy McDonald. has been talking to The Church Of Scotland's official website about his joy at David receiving the Special Recognition Award at last month's National Television Awards.

The award, which was a total surprise to David, was presented to him live on TV at an event hosted in front of thousands of TV fans at the O2 Arena in London.
Taking to the stage to accept the accolade David dedicated the prestigious award to his dad, saying:
"I grew up loving the telly, so the fact that I get to make part of my living by being on the telly is something I have to pinch myself about. To get prizes for it just doesn’t compute.
I would like to dedicate this to my dad. He is an inspiration and a role model, so thanks Sandy."

Sandy told the website:
 "Obviously I was delighted especially for David. For a relatively young man he has had a great career.

"The event brought a great deal of joy. Friends from all over have been ringing since the broadcast. Some people I have not heard from for years have been in touch to say how delighted they were. It was good to talk to them. Some have been generous in their interest in the work I have done in the Church.

"David's mum and I tried to persuade him to do something in life that would be more permanent than acting, that would give him a longer career.

"The rector of his school wanted him to go to university to study English as he is a very good writer.

"But he was really keen to be an actor and he was accepted by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama now called the Conservatoire the first time he applied. I am a proud father."

You can watch Sandy and David on the National Televison Awards below: