David Tennant accepts phone hacking damages

Actor David Tennant has accepted substantial damages to settle a High Court claim over phone hacking at the News of the World.

The former Doctor Who and Broadchurch received the undisclosed sum and an apology for the misuse of private information from the owners of the now defunct newspaper, after suing them in March last year.

He was among six people to settle claims against publisher News Group Newspapers on Tuesday, including Olympic medallist Colin Jackson and actress Sophia Myles.

Colin Jackson has also received damages

Image: Colin Jackson, who has also received damages

It comes less than a fortnight after four other celebrities settled claims against the News of the World and The Sun, just as lawyers were preparing for a four week hearing.

Comedian Vic Reeves, Coronation Street actor Rajan Harkishindas, journalist and presenter Kate Thornton and talent manager Chris Herbert were all paid undisclosed damages after alleging they were victims of unlawful information gathering by News Group Newspapers, resulting in 79 disputed articles.

Their lawyers said phone hacking was “widespread” at both newspapers, but the publisher has always denied that the practice took place at The Sun.

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Had the trial gone ahead, allegations were due to be made regarding a wide range of activities, journalists, executives and third parties over a period of about 14 years.

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