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David Tennant has spoken candidly about the difficulties he has faced homeschooling his children.

The Scottish actor, 49, revealed his wife of nine years, Georgia, has been in charge of getting their brood on top of schoolwork during lockdown.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, the former Doctor Who star said: “I think home-schooling has been challenging.

“Obviously my wife Georgia was ultimately in charge because she’s better at organising things than I am.

“But between us we’d wrestle one child into a corner.”

Tennant, who shares Ty, 18, Olive, nine, Wilfred, seven, Doris, five, and newborn baby Birdie with Georgia, added teaching his children has only highlighted the vital service teachers provide to society.

“You very quickly recognise the gaps in your own knowledge,” he said.

Furlough family: David Tennant and wife Georgia recently squeezed in time to star in a lockdown comedy series, Staged (BBC/GCB Films/Infinity Hill/Paul Stephenson)
Furlough family: David Tennant and wife Georgia recently squeezed in time to star in a lockdown comedy series, Staged (BBC/GCB Films/Infinity Hill/Paul Stephenson)

“It’s not, ‘How do I do long division?’, it’s, ‘How do they teach long division now because it’s all changed?’

“First you have to figure out how you do it all, and then you have to figure out how to teach it the way that they now teach it.”

He added: “We’re lucky that we’ve got space, although we do have quite a lot of children so we have got quite a full house but we do have a garden that they can run around in and that made all the difference for us.

Tennant discussed the latest series of BBC comedy drama There She Goes (BBC/Merman/Scott Kershaw)
Tennant discussed the latest series of BBC comedy drama There She Goes (BBC/Merman/Scott Kershaw)

“I’ve always respected teachers for what they do, but oh my goodness I’m very glad they exist!”

Tennant was on the BBC early morning news programme to discuss comedy drama, There She Goes, which shines a light on the day-to-day life of a family with daughter Rosie suffering severe and undiagnosed learning difficulties.

Discussing his character Simon, Tennant explained: “Portrayals of life with disabled children have often been sentimentalised, and that is not the case with this.

“You can absolutely see that this family love each other and care for each other very deeply and have a special bond, but we don’t shy away from showing [the struggles].”

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