David Tennant’s wife recalls being told she was an ‘unconvincing’ on-screen partner

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David Tennant, 49, has been married to Georgia, 36, for nearly a decade and the pair share five children together, so by now they have married life down to a T. But despite their nine-years together, TV bosses decided that Georgia wasn’t a good fit to play David’s wife in his latest series, Staged.

See? I can play his wife!

Georgia Tennant

The lockdown comedy, which first aired in June 2020, follows David and fellow actor Michael Sheen who play themselves, try and rehearse a play via Zoom, and it was only right their family life played into it, too.

But Georgia was stunned when she was turned down as a suitable casting match for her real life husband’s wife, a role she knows only too well.

In a recent joint interview, the 36-year-old Merlin actress said: “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… I was like, ‘But we’re married. With quite a few kids!’

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“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.”

She was eventually cast in the familiar role, and for the first time the acting duo worked together, side by side.

Following its huge success, a second series was commissioned and is currently being broadcast on BBC One.

Georgia added on working beside her hubby: “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 pair, who met in 2008 when they starred together in Doctor Who, also opened up on their lockdown experience, and revealed it wasn’t a ride in the park for them, especially youth five young children; nine-year-old daughter Olive, seven-year-old son Wilfred, five-year-old daughter Doris and 14-month-old Birdie.

They both admitted that they had been turned into “the worst parents” as they hit some low points, like many of us, throughout 2020, particularly when it came down to home-schooling.

“It was the worst,” Georgia continued.

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“It brought out the worst in us as parents.”

David agreed: “Awful. And the worst in our children.”

Things got so overwhelming at one point that George went and sat on the roof to have a few minutes of peace, an admission that David seemed slightly concerned with.

“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,” she told Radio Times.

“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?”

The couple’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times [RADIO TIMES]

“I wasn’t going to throw myself off the roof,” she clarified, jokingly.

“It was the only place I could find to sit! And also, at that point we had no idea how long it was going to last for.

“And the idea that this could be until the children were 18… I thought, ‘I can’t do this. I’ve had so many kids – no one told me there was gonna be a pandemic.’”

The couple’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.

Staged continues tonight at 9:45pm on BBC One.

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