Capaldi at the 2009 Glasgow Film Festival
14 April 1958 |
|Occupation||Actor, film director|
|Spouse(s)||Elaine Collins (1991–present)|
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 film spinoff 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 November 2013, he has portrayed the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who.
Capaldi was born in Glasgow. His mother's family was from Killeshandra, County Cavan, and his father's family was from Picinisco. He was educated at St Teresa's Primary School in Possilpark, St Matthew's Primary School in Bishopbriggs, and 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 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.
Various acting roles
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.
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.
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), and had a role in Maleficent (2014), but his part in the latter movie was cut during the editing process. He starred in Inside the Mind of Leonardo, a documentary about Leonardo da Vinci. 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.
The Thick Of It & In the Loop
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. 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. He also won the 2010 British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor.
Starting in 2014, Capaldi will play the twelfth incarnation 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, with his first episodes due for broadcast on the 23rd of 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.
Before taking the role, Capaldi stated that he had to seriously consider the increased level of visibility that would come with the part, adding that "I had to decide if I was ready to live with that, because once that genie is out of the bottle, it doesn't go back in."
Work as director, presenter and writer
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. In 2013, Capaldi wrote and directed Born to be King.
Capaldi is a patron of the Association for International Cancer Research, and the Scottish children's charity, the Aberlour Child Care Trust. He lives in Crouch End with his wife, Elaine Collins, and their daughter, Cecily.
|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|
|1997||Shooting Fish||Mr. Gilzean|
|1997||Smilla's Sense of Snow||Birgo Lander|
|1998||What Rats Won't Do||Tony|
|1999||The Greatest Store in the World||Mr. Whiskers|
|2000||Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War||Derek|
|2002||Solid Geometry||David Hunter|
|2003||Shotgun Dave Rides East||Rob|
|2004||Niceland (Population. 1.000.002)||John|
|2004||Wild Country||Father Steve|
|2005||House of 9||Max Roy|
|2005||The Best Man||Priest|
|2006||Pinochet in Suburbia||Andy McEntee||Television film|
|2009||In the Loop||Malcolm Tucker||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|
|2013||World War Z||WHO Doctor|
|2013||The Fifth Estate||Alan Rusbridger|
|2014||Paddington Bear||Mr. Curry|
|1984||Crown Court||Eamonn Donnelly||Episode: "Big Deal"|
|1985||Minder||Ozzy||Episode: "Life in the Fast Food Lane|
|1985||Travelling Man||Episode: "Blow-Up"|
|1985||John and Yoko: A Love Story||George Harrison|
|1986||C.A.T.S. Eyes||Episode: "Powerline"|
|1989||Rab C. Nesbitt||Preacher||Episode: "Rab C. Nesbitt's Seasonal Greet"|
|1989||Shadow of the Noose||Robert Wood|
|1989||Dramarama||British Ambassador||Episode: "Rosie the Great"|
|1990||Ruth Rendell Mysteries||Zeno Vedast||3 episodes|
|1991||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Claude Langton||Episode: "Wasps' Nest"|
|1991||Selling Hitler||Thomas Walde|
|1991||Titmuss Regained||Ken Cracken||3 episodes|
|1992||Mr Wakefield's Crusade||Luke Wakefield|
|1992||Early Travellers in North America||Robert Louis Stevenson|
|1993||The Comic Strip Presents...||John||Episode: "Jealousy"|
|1993||Stay Lucky||Robin||Episode: "The Driving Instructor"|
|1993||Prime Suspect||Vera Reynolds||Series 3|
|1994||Chandler & Co||Larry Blakeson|
|1994||The All New Alexei Sayle Show||Time Traveller||Episode: "Drunk in Time"|
|1994–1996||The Vicar of Dibley||Tristan Campbell||2 episodes|
|1996||Delta Wave||Dinsdale Draco||Episode: "The Light Fantastic"|
|1996||The Crow Road||Rory McHoan||4 episodes|
|1997||The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling||Lord Fellamar||3 episodes|
|1999||Psychos||Mark Collins||1 episode|
|2001||High Stakes||Michael Calderwood||Episode: "Dream Team|
|2003||In Deep||Jeremy||Episode: "Character Assassination: Part 1"|
|2003||Fortysomething||Dr. Ronnie Pilfrey||5 episodes|
|2003||Judge John Deed||Alan Roxborough, MP||Episode: "Conspiracy"|
|2004||Sea of Souls||Gordon Fleming||Episode: "Seeing Double"|
|2004||My Family||Colin Judd||Episode: "Dentist to the Stars"|
|2004||Foyle's War||Raymond Carter||Episode: "War of Nerves"|
|2004||Peep Show||Professor MacLeish||Episode: "University Challenge"|
|2005||The Afternoon Play||Billy Shannon||Episode: "The Singing Cactus"|
|2005–2012||The Thick of It||Malcolm Tucker|
|2006||Donovan||Dr. Angus Baldwin||Series 1, Episode 3|
|2006||Midsomer Murders||Lawrence Barker||Episode: "Death in Chorus"|
|2007||Waking the Dead||Lucien Calvin||Episode: "The Fall"|
|2007||Coming Up||Joe||Episode: "Brussels"|
|2007||Fallen Angel||Henry Appleton|
|2007–2008||Skins||Mark Jenkins||3 episodes|
|2008||Doctor Who||Caecilius||Episode: "The Fires of Pompeii"|
|2008||Glendogie Bogey||Jeff Wylie||Voice|
|2008||The Devil's Whore||King Charles I|
|2009||Torchwood: Children of Earth||John Frobisher|
|2009||Getting On||Doctor||1 episode
Director of series
|2009||A Portrait of Scotland||Himself||Writer|
|2010||Ten Minute Tales||The Man|
|2010||Accused||Frank Ryland||Series 1, Episode 3|
|2010||The Nativity||Balthazar||4 episodes|
|2011||The Penguins of Madagascar||Uncle Nigel||1 episode|
|2011||The Suspicions of Mr Whicher||Samuel Kent|
|2011||The Field of Blood||Dr. Pete|
|2012||Cricklewood Greats||Peter Capaldi||Writer|
|2012||The Hour||Randall Brown||Series 2
Nominated – British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor
|2013||Inside the Mind of Leonardo||Leonardo da Vinci||Documentary|
|2013–present||Doctor Who||The Doctor||The Time of the Doctor onwards|
|2014||The Musketeers||Cardinal Richelieu|
|?||The News at Bedtime||?||BBC Radio 4|
- 1994: Won the BAFTA Award for Best Short Film.
- 1995: Won the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film.
- 2006: Nominated for the BAFTA and RTS Best Comedy Actor Awards
- 2010: Won the 2010 BAFTA Television Award for Male Performance in a Comedy Role and Best TV Comedy Actor at the British Comedy Awards.
- 2012: Won Best TV Comedy Actor at the British Comedy Awards.
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- BAFTA Award for Best Short Film
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Peter Capaldi.|
- Peter Capaldi at the Internet Movie Database
- Guardian Film Profile
- Article on Capaldi's support of Cancer Charities