David Tennant Wins Emmy for ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’

David Tennant (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)

David Tennant (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)

Here’s a nice early morning surprise for those of us burning the midnight oil: David Tennant is an Emmy winner now, people.

The Scottish actor — who will star in BBC AMERICA’s Broadchurch and reprise his role as the Tenth Doctor in the upcoming Doctor Who 50th anniversary special in November — claimed his very first Emmy last night (June 14) at the Creative Arts portion of the Daytime Entertainment Emmy ceremony. He was named Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for voicing Huyang, a droid who trains Jedi on how to build lightsabers, on Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars series. Here’s the official announcement via @DaytimeEmmys’ Twitter account:

Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni said Tennant’s work as Time Lord convinced him that the actor, himself a Star Wars geek, was perfect for Huyang: “I absolutely loved what David Tenant was doing on Doctor Who. There was such a quizzical nature to his character, a sense of whimsy, but he could still get very powerful emotion out of the character — a lot of intensity, a lot of anger — just an incredible display of range.” Filoni adds that George Lucas was impressed with Tennant on the series. (Maybe he can persuade J.J. Abrams to cast DT in the upcoming Star Wars features?)

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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