Peter Capaldi

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Peter Capaldi
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BornPeter Dougan Capaldi
(1958-04-14) 14 April 1958 (age 56)
Glasgow, Scotland
OccupationActor, film director
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Elaine Collins (1991–present)
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Peter Capaldi
Peter Capaldi 2009 (cropped).jpg
BornPeter Dougan Capaldi
(1958-04-14) 14 April 1958 (age 56)
Glasgow, Scotland
OccupationActor, film director
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Elaine Collins (1991–present)
SignatureActor Peter Capaldi's signature.png

Peter Dougan Capaldi (born 14 April 1958) is a Scottish actor and film director. He has played numerous roles in film and television, but is best known for his role as Malcolm Tucker, a spin doctor in the BBC comedy series The Thick of It and its follow-up film In the Loop. In 1995, he won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for his short film Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life. Since 2013, he has portrayed the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor, the central character in the science fiction TV series Doctor Who.

Early life[edit]

Capaldi was born in Glasgow. His mother's family was from Killeshandra, County Cavan, Ireland, and his father's family was from Picinisco, Italy.[1] He was educated at St Teresa's Primary School in the city's Possilpark district,[2] St Matthew's Primary School in Bishopbriggs,[2] and at St Ninian's High School, Kirkintilloch,[3] before attending the Glasgow School of Art.

Capaldi displayed an early talent for performance by putting on a puppet show in primary school. While at high school, he was a member of the Antonine Players, who performed at the Fort Theatre in Bishopbriggs. As an art student, he was the lead singer in a punk rock band called Dreamboys, whose drummer was future comedian Craig Ferguson.[4][5]


Various acting roles[edit]

Capaldi has appeared in over 40 films and television shows since his appearance as Danny Oldsen in Local Hero (1983). He had a role in The Lair of the White Worm (1988) and Dangerous Liaisons (1988), and was featured as Ozzy in a 1985 episode of Minder. He voiced Chief Petty Officer Grieves in the BBC Radio Ministry of Defence comedy Our Brave Boys. Capaldi's first starring role on television was as Luke Wakefield, a closeted gay man who imagines he has witnessed a crime, in the BBC drama series Mr Wakefield's Crusade. He played fictional Songs of Praise producer Tristan Campbell in two episodes of the sitcom Vicar of Dibley, and a transvestite in ITV's Prime Suspect 3. In the 1999 Channel 4 series Psychos, he played a mathematician with bipolar disorder.[6]

Capaldi made an appearance as a university professor in the sitcom Peep Show, and played a prime suspect in the 2007 series of Waking the Dead. In Neil Gaiman's gothic fantasy Neverwhere, he portrayed the angel Islington. In 2007, Capaldi appeared as Mark Jenkins (Sid's dad) in the E4 teen comedy drama series Skins. He returned for a second series in 2008, only to be killed off in the third episode. He appeared in the Midsomer Murders episode "Death in Chorus" and ITV1's Fallen Angel. He also appeared in the 2007 British comedy film Magicians.

He appeared as King Charles I in the Channel 4 series The Devil's Whore, aired in 2008. Capaldi provided his voice for the animated film Haunted Hogmanay in 2006. He played Balthazar, one of the Biblical Magi, in the 2010 BBC adaptation of The Nativity.[7]

Capaldi is also an audio book narrator, and his many titles include several of the works of Iain Banks. He starred as Rory in the television version of Banks' The Crow Road. In November 2011, he began playing Professor Marcus in The Ladykillers at the Liverpool Playhouse, then transferred to the Gielgud Theatre in London. The original run closed at the Gielgud on 14 April 2012. He appeared in The Field of Blood as Dr. Pete, for which he received a BAFTA Scotland nomination in the TV actor/actress category; he was beaten by his co-star Jayd Johnson. He had a small role as a therapist in Big Fat Gypsy Gangster, written by and starring his Getting On co-star Ricky Grover. In 2012, Capaldi played Randall Brown, the new Head of News, on the BBC2 drama The Hour. He appeared in World War Z (2013),[8] and had a role in Maleficent (2014), but his part in the latter movie was cut during the editing process.[9] He starred in Inside the Mind of Leonardo, a documentary about Leonardo da Vinci.[10] In 2013 he portrayed Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian in The Fifth Estate. In 2014 he starred in a new adaptation of The Three Musketeers as Cardinal Richelieu on BBC 1.[11]

The Thick Of It & In the Loop[edit]

Capaldi is best known for his role as spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC sitcom The Thick of It, which he played from 2005 to 2012. Tucker is said to be largely, if loosely, based upon Tony Blair's right-hand man Alastair Campbell, although Capaldi has said that he based his performance more on Hollywood power players, such as the often abrasive Harvey Weinstein.[12] A film spin-off from The Thick of It called In the Loop (in which Capaldi returned to the role of Tucker), was released in 2009.

The role of Tucker won Capaldi several awards. In 2006, he was nominated for the BAFTA and RTS Best Comedy Actor Awards. He won the 2010 BAFTA Television Award for Male Performance in a Comedy Role.[13] He also won the 2010 British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor.[14]

Doctor Who[edit]

Since 2013, Capaldi has played the titular role of the Doctor in the BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who. His casting was announced on August 4 2013 in a special BBC programme hosted by Zoe Ball,[15] with his first episodes due for broadcast in August 2014. A lifelong fan of the series, Capaldi had previously played a fictional version of Caecilius in the 2008 episode "The Fires of Pompeii" as well as playing civil servant John Frobisher in the 2009 spin-off Torchwood: Children of Earth.[16][17]

Work as director, presenter and writer[edit]

In 1995, Capaldi won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film for his film Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life, which was tied with fellow nominee Trevor, leading to both films being announced as joint winners. He also wrote Soft Top, Hard Shoulder, which won the audience award at the London Film Festival, and wrote and directed Strictly Sinatra and directed the BBC Four sitcom Getting On (one episode of which he appeared in as a doctor). In 2006, Capaldi wrote and presented A Portrait of Scotland, a documentary detailing 500 years' history of Scottish portrait painting.[18] In 2013, Capaldi wrote and directed Born to be King.[19][20]


Personal life[edit]

Capaldi is a patron of the Association for International Cancer Research, and the Scottish children's charity, the Aberlour Child Care Trust.[21] He lives in Crouch End with his wife, Elaine Collins, and their daughter, Cecily.[22]



1984Crown CourtEamonn DonnellyEpisode: "Big Deal"
1985MinderOzzySeries 6, Episode 2: "Life in the Fast Food Lane
1985Travelling ManSeries 2, Episode 6: "Blow-Up"
1985John and Yoko: A Love StoryGeorge Harrison
1986C.A.T.S. EyesSeries 2, Episode 2: "Powerline"
1989Rab C. NesbittPreacherEpisode: "Rab C. Nesbitt's Seasonal Greet"
1989Shadow of the NooseRobert Wood
1989DramaramaBritish AmbassadorSeries 7, Episode 7: "Rosie the Great"
1990Ruth Rendell MysteriesZeno Vedast3 episodes
1991Agatha Christie's PoirotClaude LangtonSeries 3, Episode 4: "Wasps' Nest"
1991Selling HitlerThomas Walde
1991Titmuss RegainedKen Cracken3 episodes
1992Mr Wakefield's CrusadeLuke Wakefield
1992Early Travellers in North AmericaRobert Louis Stevenson
1993The Comic Strip Presents...JohnSeries 5, Episode 6: "Jealousy"
1993Stay LuckyRobinSeries 4, Episode 2: "The Driving Instructor"
1993Prime SuspectVera ReynoldsSeries 3
1994Chandler & CoLarry Blakeson
1994The All New Alexei Sayle ShowTime Traveller"Drunk in Time"
1994–1996The Vicar of DibleyTristan Campbell2 episodes
1996Delta WaveDinsdale Draco"The Light Fantastic: Parts 1 & 2"
1996NeverwhereIslingtonEpisodes 2 - 6
1996The Crow RoadRory McHoan4 Episodes
1997The History of Tom Jones, a FoundlingLord Fellamar3 episodes
1999PsychosMark Collins1 episode
2001High StakesMichael CalderwoodSeries 1, Episode 6: "Dream Team
2003In DeepJeremySeries 3, Episode 7: "Character Assassination: Part 1"
2003FortysomethingDr. Ronnie Pilfrey5 episodes
2003Judge John DeedAlan Roxborough, MPSeries 3, Episode 3: "Conspiracy"
2004Sea of SoulsGordon FlemingEpisode: "Seeing Double"
2004My FamilyColin JuddSeries 5, Episode 10: "Dentist to the Stars"
2004Foyle's WarRaymond CarterSeries 3, Episode 4: "War of Nerves"
2004Peep ShowProfessor MacLeishSeries 2, Episode 4: "University Challenge"
2005The Afternoon PlayBilly ShannonSeries 3, Episode 5: "The Singing Cactus"
2005–2012The Thick of ItMalcolm Tucker
2006DonovanDr. Angus BaldwinSeries 1, Episode 3
2006Midsomer MurdersLawrence BarkerSeries 9, Episode 5: "Death in Chorus"
2006Pinochet in SuburbiaAndy McEnteeTV film
2006-2010TrawlermenNarrator, shared with Ken Stott
2007Waking the DeadLucien CalvinEpisode: "The Fall"
2007Coming UpJoeEpisode: "Brussels"
2007Fallen AngelHenry Appleton
2007–2008SkinsMark Jenkins3 episodes
2008Doctor WhoCaeciliusSeries 4, Episode 2: "The Fires of Pompeii"
2008Midnight ManTrevor
2008Glendogie BogeyJeff WylieVoice
2008The Devil's WhoreKing Charles I
2009TorchwoodJohn Frobisher"Children of Earth"
2009Getting OnDoctor1 episode
Director of series
2009A Portrait of ScotlandHimselfWriter
2010Ten Minute TalesThe Man
2010AccusedFrank RylandSeries 1, Episode 3
2010The NativityBalthazarBBC adaptation
4 episodes
2011The Penguins of MadagascarUncle Nigel1 episode
2011The Suspicions of Mr WhicherSamuel KentITV adaptation
2011The Field of BloodDr. Pete
2012Cricklewood GreatsPeter CapaldiWriter
2012The HourRandall BrownSeries 2
Nominated – British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor
2013Inside the Mind of LeonardoLeonardo da VinciDocumentary
2013-Doctor WhoThe DoctorUnaccredited Cameo in "The Day of the Doctor", first full appearance in "The Time of The Doctor"
2014The MusketeersCardinal Richelieu


 ?The News at Bedtime?BBC Radio 4


1982Living Apart TogetherJoe
1983Local HeroOldsen
1984Turtle DiaryAssistant keeper
1987The Love Child
1988The Lair of the White WormAngus Flint
1988Dangerous LiaisonsAzolan
1991December BrideYoung Sorleyson
1992Soft Top Hard ShoulderGavin Bellini
1997Shooting FishMr. Gilzean
1998What Rats Won't DoTony
1999The Greatest Store in the WorldMr. Whiskers
2000Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage WarDerek
2002MaxDavid Cohn
2002Solid GeometryDavid Hunter
2003Shotgun Dave Rides EastRob
2004ModiglianiJean Cocteau
2004Niceland (Population. 1.000.002)John
2004Wild CountryFather Steve
2005House of 9Max Roy
2005The Best ManPriest
2007MagiciansMike Francis
2009In the LoopMalcolm TuckerChlotrudis Award for Best Cast
Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Evening Standard British Film Awards: Peter Sellers Award for Comedy
Nominated — International Cinephile Society Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actor of the Year
Nominated — Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
Nominated — New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor (3rd place)
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
2012Big Fat Gypsy GangsterPeter VanGellis
2013World War ZWHO doctor
2013The Fifth EstateAlan Rusbridger
2014MaleficentKing Kinloch
2014PaddingtonMr. Curry-


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