14 April 1958 |
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
|Spouse(s)||Elaine Collins (1991–present)|
Peter Dougan Capaldi (born 14 April 1958) is a BAFTA Award and Academy Award winning Scottish actor and film director. In 1995, his short film Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life won the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film. As an actor he has played multiple roles in TV and film, and is perhaps best known as spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the British TV comedy series The Thick of It and the affiliated feature film In the Loop.
Early life 
Capaldi was born in Glasgow. His mother's family was from Killeshandra, County Cavan, Ireland, and his father's family is from Picinisco, Italy. Capaldi was educated at St Teresa's Primary School in the city's Possilpark district, St Matthew's Primary School in Bishopbriggs and at St Ninian's High School, Kirkintilloch, 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, Bishopbriggs. As an art student, Capaldi was the lead singer in the punk rock band Dreamboys, which included the future comedian Craig Ferguson as drummer.
Capaldi is known for his portrayal of spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC sitcom The Thick of It, written by fellow Scottish-Italian Armando Iannucci. Tucker is said to be largely if loosely based upon Tony Blair's right-hand man Alastair Campbell. Capaldi has said he based his performance more on Hollywood power players such as the often abrasive Harvey Weinstein.  In 2006, Capaldi 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. He also won the 2010 British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor. A movie spin-off from The Thick of It titled In the Loop was released in 2009.
Capaldi has appeared in over forty films and television programmes since his appearance as Danny Oldsen in Local Hero (1983). He had a role in Ken Russell's The Lair of the White Worm (1988) and in Stephen Frears' Dangerous Liaisons (1988). He featured as Ozzy in a 1985 episode of Minder titled Life in the Fast Food Lane, in which he helped Arthur Daley shift dodgy car phones that caused other radio technology nearby to malfunction.
In 1995 Capaldi won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film for Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life, which was tied with fellow nominee Trevor thus leading to both films being announced as joint winners. He also wrote Soft Top, Hard Shoulder (winner of the audience award at the London Film Festival) and wrote and directed Strictly Sinatra.
He played Chief Petty Officer Grieves in the BBC Radio Ministry of Defence Comedy Our Brave Boys. His first starring role on television was as Luke Wakefield, a closet gay man who imagines he has witnessed a crime, in the BBC drama series Mr Wakefield's Crusade.
Capaldi 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 Channel 4's 1999 series "Psychos", he played a mathematician with bipolar disorder. He made an appearance in the hit sitcom Peep Show as a university professor, starred in Aftersun with Sarah Parish, and played a prime suspect in the 2007 series of Waking the Dead. In the Neil Gaiman gothic fantasy Neverwhere he portrayed the Angel Islington.
In 2007 Capaldi appeared as Mark Jenkins (Sid Jenkins's dad) in the E4 teen comedy/drama Skins where he returned for a second series in 2008 only to be killed off in the 3rd episode, and as characters in the Midsomer Murders episode "Death in Chorus" and ITV1's Fallen Angel. He also appeared in the British Comedy film Magicians. He played a fictional version of Caecilius in "The Fires of Pompeii", a 2008 episode of the science-fiction series Doctor Who. He returned to the Doctor Who franchise in 2009, playing civil servant John Frobisher in the Torchwood: Children of Earth. He also appeared as King Charles I in the Channel 4 series The Devil's Whore, screened in 2008.
Capaldi directs the BBC Four sitcom Getting On, written by and starring Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine, one episode of which he appeared in as a doctor. Later that year he wrote and presented A Portrait of Scotland, a documentary about 500 years history of Scottish portrait painting.
In November 2011 Capaldi began playing Professor Marcus in The Ladykillers at the Liverpool Playhouse then transferred to The Gielgud Theatre, London. The original run closed at the Gielgud on 14 April 2012. He also 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 costar Jayd Johnson). He also had a small role as a therapist in Big Fat Gypsy Gangster starring and written by his Getting On co-star Ricky Grover
In 2012 he reprised his role of Malcolm Tucker for the fourth series of The Thick of It and later played Randall Brown, the new Head of News, on the BBC2 drama The Hour. In 2012 he worked on Maleficent (film) starring Angelina Jolie, and, coincidentally with her fiance Brad Pitt in World War Z (film), scheduled for a 2013 release. His character's name in Maleficent is King Kinloch. The film is scheduled for release in 2014.
In 2013 Capaldi will begin filming (as director) "Born to be King" which he also wrote, starring Ewan McGregor. He will be starring in a SkyArts documentary about Leonardo da Vinci called "Inside the Mind of Leonardo".  He will also be portraying Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian in The Fifth Estate. In 2014 he will be starring in a new adaptation of The Three Musketeers as Cardinal Richelieu on BBC 1. 
In 2006, Capaldi 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. In 2010 and again in 2012 Capaldi won Best TV Comedy Actor at the British Comedy Awards. In 1995, his short film Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life won the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film.
Personal life 
He is a patron of the Association for International Cancer Research and of the Scottish children's charity the Aberlour Child Care Trust. He lives in Crouch End with his wife, Elaine Collins, and their daughter, Cecily.
|1984||Crown Court||Eamonn Donnelly||Episode 294, "Big Deal"|
|1985||Minder||Ozzy||Series 6, Episode 2, "Life in the Fast Food Lane|
|Travelling Man||Series 2, Episode 6, "Blow-Up"|
|John and Yoko: A Love Story||George Harrison|
|1986||C.A.T.S. Eyes||Series 2, Episode 2, "Powerline"|
|1989||Rab C. Nesbitt||Preacher||Pilot, "Rab C. Nesbitt's Seasonal Greet"|
|Shadow of the Noose||Robert Wood||TV mini-series|
|Dramarama||British Ambassador||Series 7, Episode 7, "Rosie the Great"|
|1990||Ruth Rendell Mysteries||Zeno Vedast||Series 1, Episode 1, 2, 3, "Some Lie and Some Die"|
|1991||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Claude Langton||Series 3, Episode 4, "Wasps' Nest"|
|Selling Hitler||Thomas Walde||TV mini-series|
|Titmuss Regained||Ken Cracken||Episodes "Today", "Tomorrow", "And the Next Day"|
|1992||Early Travellers in North America||Robert Louis Stevenson|
|1993||The Comic Strip Presents...||John||Series 5, Episode 6, "Jealousy"|
|Stay Lucky||Robin||Series 4, Episode 2, "The Driving Instructor"|
|Prime Suspect||Vera Reynolds||Series 3|
|1994||Chandler & Co||Larry Blakeson|
|The All New Alexei Sayle Show||Time Traveller||"Drunk in Time"|
|1994||The Vicar of Dibley||Tristan Campbell||Series 1, Episode 2, "Songs of Praise (1994)
Christmas Special, "The Christmas Lunch Incident" (1996)
|1996||Delta Wave||Dinsdale Draco|
|Neverwhere||Islington||Episodes 2 - 6|
|The Crow Road||Rory McHoan||4 Episodes|
|1997||The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling||Lord Fellamar||Episodes 3 - 6|
|1999||Psychos||Mark Collins||Episode 6|
|2001||High Stakes||Michael Calderwood||Series 1, Episode 6, "Dream Team|
|2003||In Deep||Jeremy||Series 3, Episode 7, "Character Assassination: Part 1"|
|Fortysomething||Dr. Ronnie Pilfrey||Episodes 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6|
|Judge John Deed||Alan Roxborough, M.P.||Series 3, Episode 3, Conspiracy|
|2004||Sea of Souls||Gordon Fleming||Episode 1, 2, Seeing Double|
|My Family||Colin Judd||Series 5, Episode 10, "Dentist to the Stars"|
|Foyle's War||Raymond Carter||Series 3, Episode 4, "War of Nerves"|
|Peep Show||Professor MacLeish||Series 2, Episode 4, "University Challenge"|
|2005||The Afternoon Play||Billy Shannon||Series 3, Episode 5, "The Singing Cactus"|
|2005-2012||The Thick of It||Malcolm Tucker||2005–2012|
|2006||Donovan||Dr. Angus Baldwin||Series 1, Episode 3|
|Midsomer Murders||Lawrence Barker||Series 9, Episode 5, "Death in Chorus"|
|Pinochet in Suburbia||Andy McEntee||TV film|
|2007||Waking the Dead||Lucien Calvin||Series 6, Episode 5, 6, "The Fall"|
|Fallen Angel||Henry Appleton|
|2007||Skins||Mark Jenkins||Series 1, Episode 5, "Sid", Episode 6, "Michelle" (2007)
Series 2, Episode 3, "Sid" (2008)
|2008||Doctor Who||Caecilius||Series 4, Episode 2, "The Fires of Pompeii"|
|Glendogie Bogey||Jeff Wylie||Voice|
|The Devil's Whore||King Charles I|
|2009||Torchwood||John Frobisher||"Children of Earth" Series 3|
|Getting On||Doctor||Series 1 Episode 2
He also directs the series
|A Portrait of Scotland||Presenter||He also wrote the script|
|2010||Ten Minute Tales||The Man||SkyOne mini series|
|Accused||Frank Ryland||Series 1, Episode 3|
|The Nativity (BBC Adaptation)||Balthazar||4 Episodes|
|2011||The Penguins of Madagascar||Uncle Nigel||1 episode|
|The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (ITV Adaptation)||Samuel Kent|
|The Field of Blood||Dr. Pete|
|2012||Cricklewood Greats||Peter Capaldi||1 episode. Spoof documentary co-written by and starring Capaldi.|
|The Hour||Randall Brown||Series 2
Nominated – British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor
|2013||Inside the Mind of Leonardo||Himself/Leonardo da Vinci||SkyArts Docudrama|
|2014||The Three Musketeers||Cardinal Richelieu||BBC 1|
|1982||Living Apart Together||Joe|
|1984||Turtle Diary||Assistant Keeper|
|1987||The Love Child|
|1988||The Lair of the White Worm||Angus Flint|
|1991||December Bride||Young Sorleyson|
|1992||Soft Top Hard Shoulder||Gavin Bellini|
|Shooting Fish||Mr. Gilzean|
|1998||What Rats Won't Do||Tony|
|1999||The Greatest Store in the World||Mr. Whiskers|
|2000||Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War||Derek|
|Solid Geometry (TV)||David Hunter|
|2003||Shotgun Dave Rides East||Rob|
|2004||Modigliani||Jean Cocteau||As Peter Capaldi|
|Niceland (Population. 1.000.002)||John|
|Wild Country||Father Steve|
|2005||House of 9||Max Roy|
|The Best Man||Priest|
|2009||In the Loop||Malcolm Tucker||Chlotrudis 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
|2012||Big Fat Gypsy Gangster||Peter VanGellis (Bulla's Therapist)|
|2013||World War Z||Unknown|
|The Fifth Estate||Alan Rusbridger|
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Peter Capaldi|
- Peter Capaldi at the Internet Movie Database
- Independent article, dated 6 October 2005
- Guardian Film Profile
- Article on Capaldi's support of Cancer Charities