Peter Capaldi

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Peter Capaldi
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BornPeter Dougan Capaldi
(1958-04-14) 14 April 1958 (age 55)
Glasgow, Scotland
OccupationActor, film director, screenwriter
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 55)
Glasgow, Scotland
OccupationActor, film director, screenwriter
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Elaine Collins (1991–present)

Peter Dougan Capaldi (born 14 April 1958) is a Scottish actor, film director, and screenwriter. He is known for his role as Malcolm Tucker in the BBC comedy series The Thick of It, and its spin-off film In the Loop. In 1995, he won the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film for Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life, which he wrote and directed.[1] He has also won two BAFTA Awards, a Chlotrudis Award, and two British Comedy Awards. From 25 December 2013, he portrays the Twelfth Doctor in the TV series Doctor Who.[2]

Early life[edit]

Capaldi was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His mother's family was from Killeshandra, County Cavan, Ireland, and his father's family was from Picinisco, Italy.[3] He was educated at St Teresa's Primary School in the city's Possilpark district,[4] St Matthew's Primary School in Bishopbriggs,[4] and at St Ninian's High School in Kirkintilloch,[5] 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. When an art student, he was the lead singer in a punk rock band called Dreamboys,[6] whose drummer was future comedian Craig Ferguson.[7]


Capaldi's first significant acting role came in 1983, when he played Danny Oldsen in Local Hero. He featured as Ozzy in a 1985 episode of Minder, and had roles in The Lair of the White Worm and Dangerous Liaisons in 1988. In 1990 he starred in Chain, a four part thriller on BBC2 written by Desmond Lowden and directed by Don Leaver. In 1995, Capaldi won the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film for his film Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life, which he directed. In the same year he also wrote Soft Top, Hard Shoulder, which won the Audience Award at the London Film Festival, and wrote and directed Strictly Sinatra. He voiced Chief Petty Officer Grieves in the BBC Radio Ministry of Defence comedy Our Brave Boys, and soon after landed his first starring role on television 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 female impersonator in ITV's Prime Suspect 3.[8] In the Channel 4 series Psychos, he played a mathematician with bipolar disorder, 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.[9] In Neil Gaiman's gothic fantasy Neverwhere, he portrayed the angel Islington.

In 2005, Capaldi was cast as spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC comedy series The Thick of It, which he played from 2005 to 2012. The character was said to be largely, if loosely, based upon Tony Blair's spin doctor Alastair Campbell. Capaldi himself has said that he based his performance more on Hollywood power players, such as the often abrasive Harvey Weinstein.[10] For his performance as Tucker, he won a BAFTA Award for Best Performance in a Comedy Role and two British Comedy Awards.[11][12] A film spin-off from The Thick of It, In the Loop, was released in 2009.

In 2007 and 2008, Capaldi appeared as Mark Jenkins in the E4 comedy-drama series Skins. He also appeared in the Midsomer Murders episode "Death in Chorus" and ITV1's Fallen Angel. He played a fictional version of Caecilius in The Fires of Pompeii, a 2008 episode of the science-fiction series Doctor Who.[13] He returned to the Doctor Who franchise in 2009, playing civil servant John Frobisher in Torchwood: Children of Earth.[14] He appeared as King Charles I in the Channel 4 series The Devil's Whore, aired in 2008, as well as providing his voice for the animated film Haunted Hogmanay and its sequel Glendogie Bogey. He returned to directing with the BBC Four sitcom Getting On, one episode of which he appeared in as a doctor. Later that year, he wrote and presented A Portrait of Scotland, a documentary detailing 500 years' history of Scottish portrait painting.[15] He played Balthazar, one of the Three Wise Men in the 2010 BBC adaptation of The Nativity.[16]

Capaldi has also worked as 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. From 2011 to 2012, he played Professor Marcus in The Ladykillers at the Liverpool Playhouse, then transferred to the Gielgud Theatre in London. He appeared in The Field of Blood as Dr. Pete, for which he received a BAFTA Scotland nomination, and also 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), and has been cast as King Kinloch in Maleficent (2014).[17] In 2013, Capaldi directed Born to be King, which he also wrote.[18] He also portrayed Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian newspaper, in The Fifth Estate. In 2014, he will be starring in an adaptation of The Three Musketeers as Cardinal Richelieu,[19] and is due to star in Inside the Mind of Leonardo, a documentary about Leonardo da Vinci.[20]

On 4 August 2013, it was announced in a live BBC special entitled Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor that Capaldi would portray the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, superseding Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor.[2][17][21] During his appearance in the special, he admitted to having been a lifelong fan; at the age of 15, he wrote to the Radio Times about the series. He did appear for a moment during the 50th anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor" which was shown on BBC One on 23 November 2013 and he took over the role at the very end of the 2013 Christmas Day special, "The Time of the Doctor".[2]

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.[22] He lives in Crouch End with his wife, Elaine Collins, and their daughter, Cecily.[23]


1982Living Apart TogetherJoe
1983Local HeroOldsen
1984Turtle DiaryAssistant keeper
1988The Love ChildDillon
1988The Lair of the White WormAngus Flint
1988Dangerous LiaisonsAzolan
1991December BrideYoung Sorleyson
1992Soft Top Hard ShoulderGavin Bellini
1995Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful LifeShort film
Writer, director
Academy Award for Live Action Short Film
Angers European First Film Festival: Audience Award for Best Short film
BAFTA Award for Best Short Film
1997Shooting FishMr. Gilzean
1997Smilla's Sense of SnowBirgo Lander
1998What Rats Won't DoTony
1999The Greatest Store in the WorldMr. Whiskers
2001Strictly SinatraWriter, director
2002Mrs 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
2006Pinochet in SuburbiaAndy McEntee
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
2012The Cricklewood GreatsWriter, director
2013World War ZWHO doctor
2013The Fifth EstateAlan Rusbridger
2014Born to be KingWriter, director
2014MaleficentKing Kinloch
2014PaddingtonMr. Curry


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. EyesCaldicottSeries 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
1992The Secret AgentMr. Vladimir
1993The Comic Strip Presents...JohnSeries 5, Episode 6: "Jealousy"
1993Stay LuckyRobinSeries 4, Episode 2: "The Driving Instructor"
1993Prime SuspectVernon "Vera" ReynoldsSeries 3
1994Chandler & CoLarry Blakeson
1994The All New Alexei Sayle ShowDoug HattonEpisode: "Drunk in Time"
1994–1996The Vicar of DibleyTristan Campbell2 episodes
1996Delta WaveDinsdale Draco2 episodes
1996NeverwhereIslington4 episodes
1996The Crow RoadRory McHoan4 episodes
1997The History of Tom Jones, a FoundlingLord Fellamar3 episodes
1997Michelob advert
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 Alistair MacLeishSeries 2, Episode 4: "University Challenge"
2005The Afternoon PlayBilly ShannonSeries 3, Episode 5: "The Singing Cactus"
2005–2012The Thick of ItMalcolm TuckerBritish Academy Television Award for Best Comedy Performance
British Comedy Award for Best Television Actor
British Comedy Award for Best Television Actor
2006DonovanDr. Angus BaldwinSeries 1, Episode 3
2006Midsomer MurdersLawrence BarkerSeries 9, Episode 5: "Death in Chorus"
2006"Haunted Hogmanay"Jeff WylieVoice
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
2009Torchwood: Children of EarthJohn Frobisher
2009Getting OnDoctor1 episode
Director of series 1 and 2
2009A Portrait of ScotlandHimselfWriter
2010Ten Minute TalesThe Man
2010AccusedFrank RylandSeries 1, Episode 3
2010The NativityBalthazarBBC adaptation
4 episodes
2010Audi advertNarratorVoice
2011The Penguins of MadagascarUncle NigelVoice 1 episode
2011The Suspicions of Mr WhicherSamuel KentITV adaptation
2011The Field of BloodDr. PeteBBC adaptation
2012The Cricklewood GreatsHimselfWriter
2012The HourRandall BrownNominated—British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor
2010BBC Two promoNarratorVoice
2013Inside the Mind of LeonardoLeonardo da VinciDocumentary
2013Anchor advertNarratorVoice
2013–presentDoctor WhoThe DoctorEpisode: "The Day of the Doctor" (uncredited cameo)
Episode: "The Time of the Doctor"
Series 8
2014The MusketeersCardinal Richelieu


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