David Tennant heads out in north London as he prepares to play serial ...

David Tennant dons a face mask as he heads out in north London... ahead of playing serial killer Dennis Nilsen in ITV's Des

By Laura Fox For Mailonline

Published: 19:25 BST, 9 September 2020 | Updated: 19:25 BST, 9 September 2020

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He's set to play Dennis Nilsen in the three-part ITV drama Des.

And David Tennant cut a casual figure as he headed out for a stroll in north London on Wednesday.

The Doctor Who star, 49, donned a blue and white printed shirt with camel chino trousers as he donned a protective face mask for the stroll. 

Out and about: David Tennant, 49, cut a casual figure as he headed out for a stroll in north London on Wednesday, ahead of his debut in the ITV drama Des

Out and about: David Tennant, 49, cut a casual figure as he headed out for a stroll in north London on Wednesday, ahead of his debut in the ITV drama Des

David looked relaxed as he headed out for the day as fans await his latest role, which will air on Monday.

He opted for a blue and white paisley printed shirt with camel chinos as he carried his essentials in a brown leather satchel.

David wasn't taking any chanced in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic as he donned a protective face mask for the outing.

Casual: The Doctor Who star donned a blue and white printed shirt with camel chino trousers as he donned a protective face mask for the stroll

Casual: The Doctor Who star donned a blue and white printed shirt with camel chino trousers as he donned a protective face mask for the stroll

It comes as fans await David's performance in the much-anticipated drama Des, which sees him play the Scottish serial killer Des.

David recently revealed that in preparation for the role, he watched footage of Nilsen and tried to read as much of his writings as possible to accurately portray the killer. 

The star explained how it wasn't too difficult to get hold of information as Nilsen 'wrote and wrote and wrote in prison'. 

However the actor was determined not to glorify the real life story, instead focusing on trying to show an audience what is known about Nilsen.

Lookalike: David is set to play the serial killer Dennis Nilsen in new ITV drama Des, which begins on Monday 14th September (pictured in character)

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