Capaldi at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
Peter Dougan Capaldi
14 April 1958
|Alma mater||Glasgow School of Art|
|Relatives||Lewis Capaldi (second cousin once removed)|
Peter Dougan Capaldi (born 14 April 1958) is a Scottish actor, writer, director, and singer. He portrayed the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who (2013–2017) and Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It, for which he has received four British Academy Television Award nominations, winning Best Male Comedy Performance in 2010. When he reprised the role of Tucker in the feature film In the Loop, Capaldi was honoured with several film critic award nominations for Best Supporting Actor.
As a director, Capaldi won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film and the BAFTA Award for Best Short Film for his short film Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life. He went on to write and direct the drama film Strictly Sinatra and directed two series of the sitcom Getting On.
Capaldi was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to Nancy (née Soutar) and Gerald John Capaldi. His paternal grandfather was Italian while the rest of his ancestry is Scottish and Irish. His parents ran an ice cream business in the Springburn district, where they were neighbours and acquaintances of the family of Armando Iannucci, creator of The Thick of It, although the two men did not know each other as children. 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 and guitarist in a punk rock band called The Dreamboys, whose drummer was future comedian Craig Ferguson. The pair also performed a cabaret act together as Bing & Dean Hitler and wrote an alternative pantomime of Sleeping Beauty. Capaldi went on to perform musical comedy cabaret in the guises of "bank clerk about town" Gavin Meekie and as one half of husband-and-wife TV evangelists Tom & Sammy Jo.
Capaldi has appeared in over 40 films and television shows since his appearance as Danny Oldsen in Local Hero (1983). He played Beatles member George Harrison in John and Yoko: A Love Story (1985), had roles 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 strange 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 The Vicar of Dibley, and a transgender woman in ITV's Prime Suspect. In Neil Gaiman's gothic fantasy Neverwhere, he portrayed the angel Islington.
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 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 although he died 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.
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 as a WHO doctor in World War Z (2013), and had a role in Maleficent (2014), but his part in the latter film was cut during post-production.
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 One.
Prior to taking over the lead role in Doctor Who, Capaldi was best known for playing spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the Armando Iannucci-written 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, 2008 and 2010 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 and 2012 British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor. He received another BAFTA Award nomination in 2013.
Capaldi was cast in 2013 as the Doctor in the BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who. His casting was announced on 4 August 2013 in a special BBC programme hosted by Zoë Ball. Capaldi first appeared as the Doctor in a cameo in the 50th anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor", before appearing in the 2013 Christmas special, "The Time of the Doctor". A lifelong fan of the series, Capaldi had previously played Lobus Caecilius in the 2008 episode "The Fires of Pompeii" with the Tenth Doctor and his companion Donna Noble, 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. He revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that he had been invited to audition for the role of the Eighth Doctor in 1995 prior to the production of the 1996 TV film, stating: "I didn't go. I loved the show so much, and I didn't think I would get it, and I didn't want to just be part of a big cull of actors."
In 2014, Capaldi voiced the Doctor on the CBBC website's game The Doctor and the Dalek and in 2015 voiced him in Lego Dimensions. In 2016, Capaldi reprised his role as the Twelfth Doctor in the Doctor Who spin-off programme Class, written by young-adult author Patrick Ness.
Director, presenter and writer
In 1992, Capaldi wrote and starred in the road movie Soft Top, Hard Shoulder, which won the audience award at the London Film Festival. In 1995, he 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, and won BAFTA Award for Best Short Film a year before that. He also wrote and directed Strictly Sinatra in 2001, and in 2009 he wrote and presented A Portrait of Scotland, a documentary detailing 500 years' history of Scottish portrait painting.
In 2012, Capaldi wrote (with Tony Roche), directed and performed in The Cricklewood Greats, an affectionate spoof documentary about a fictitious film studio, which tracks real developments and trends throughout the history of British cinema, including silent movies, horror and bawdy comedy, and a disastrous Terry Gilliam epic (Gilliam appears as himself).
Capaldi married Elaine Collins in Strathblane near his home city of Glasgow in 1991. Collins is an actress and writer; they met in 1983 in a touring production for the Paines Plough Theatre Company. They live in Muswell Hill with their daughter.
On 12 September 2016, Capaldi, with Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jesse Eisenberg, Douglas Booth, Neil Gaiman, Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Kit Harington and Stanley Tucci, featured in a video from the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR to help raise awareness about the global refugee crisis. "What They Took With Them" has the actors reading a poem, written by Jenifer Toksvig and inspired by primary accounts of refugees, and is part of UNHCR's #WithRefugees campaign, of which also includes a petition to governments to expand asylum to provide further shelter, integrating job opportunities, and education.
|1982||Living Apart Together||Joe|
|1983||Local Hero||Danny Oldsen|
|1984||Bless My Soul|
|1985||Turtle Diary||Assistant keeper|
|1987||The Love Child||Dillon Flynn|
|1988||The Lair of the White Worm||Angus Flint|
|1991||December Bride||Young Sorleyson|
|Straight Talking||Short film|
|1992||The Lake||Max||Short film|
|1993||Soft Top Hard Shoulder||Gavin Bellini||Writer|
|Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life||Writer/director|
|1996||The Grapevine||Short film|
|1997||Smilla's Sense of Snow||Birgo Lander|
|Shooting Fish||Mr. Gilzean|
|1998||What Rats Won't Do||Tony|
|2002||Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War||Derek|
|2003||Shotgun Dave Rides East||Rob||Short film|
|2004||House of 9||Max Roy|
|2005||Wild Country||Father Steve|
|The Best Man||Priest|
|2007||Salvage||James Mulwray||Short film|
|2009||In the Loop||Malcolm Tucker|
|2011||Big Fat Gypsy Gangster||Peter VanGellis|
|2013||World War Z||W.H.O. Doctor|
|The Fifth Estate||Alan Rusbridger|
|From the Doctor to My Son Thomas||Twelfth Doctor||Also writer/director; viral video|
|2016||The Complete Walk||Titus Andronicus||Anthology film|
|2017||Paddington 2||Mr. Curry|
|2019||The Personal History of David Copperfield||Mr. Micawber|
|2021||The Suicide Squad||TBA||Post-production|
|1984||Crown Court||Eamonn Donnelly||Series 13, Episode 31: "Big Deal: Part 1"|
|1985||The Personal Touch||Dominic||Television film|
|Minder||Ozzie||Series 6, Episode 2: "Life in the Fast Food Lane"|
|Travelling Man||John||Series 2, Episode 6: "Blow-Up"|
|John and Yoko: A Love Story||George Harrison||Television film|
|1986||C.A.T.S. Eyes||Caldicott||Series 2, Episode 2: "Powerline"|
|God's Chosen Car Park||Everard||Television film|
|The Ballad of Johnny Vanguard||Punk Rocker||Television film|
|1987||Up Line||Scott Dare|
|The Story of a Recluse||Jamie||Television film|
|1988||Rab C. Nesbitt||John||Episode: "Seasonal Greet"|
|1989||Shadow of the Noose||Robert Wood||Series 1, Episode 7: "The Camden Town Murder"|
|Dream Baby||Willie||Television film|
|Dramarama||Tony||Series 7, Episode 7: "Rosie the Great"|
|The Ruth Rendell Mysteries||Zeno Vedast||3 episodes: "Some Lie and Some Die"|
|1991||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Claude Langton||Series 3, Episode 5: "Wasps' Nest"|
|Screen Two||Bruce Coldfield||Series 7, Episode 10: "Do Not Disturb"|
|Selling Hitler||Thomas Walde|
|Titmuss Regained||Ken Cracken|
|1992||The Cloning of Joanna May||Isaac|
|Mr. Wakefield's Crusade||Luke Wakefield|
|Early Travellers in North America||Robert Louis Stevenson||3 episodes|
|The Secret Agent||Mr. Vladimir|
|1993||Micky Love||David Critchley|
|The Comic Strip Presents...||John||Series 7, Episode 6: "Jealousy"|
|Stay Lucky||Robin||Series 4, Episode 2: "The Driving Instructor"|
|Prime Suspect||Vera Reynolds||Series 3|
|1994–95||The All New Alexei Sayle Show||Doug Hatton/Sherlock Holmes||7 episodes|
|1994||Chandler & Co||Larry Blakeson|
|1994–96||The Vicar of Dibley||Tristan Campbell||2 episodes|
|1995||Runaway One||Mick Galligan|
|1996||Delta Wave||Dinsdale Draco||2 episodes: "The Light Fantastic"|
|The Treasure Seekers||Jellicoe||Television film|
|Lost for Words||Hiker||Short film|
|Neverwhere||The Angel Islington|
|Giving Tongue||Duncan Fielding||Television film|
|The Crow Road||Rory McHoan|
|1997||Biography||Narrator||Episode: "John Wayne: The Unquiet American"|
|The History of Tom Jones: A Foundling||Lord Fellamar||3 episodes|
|I Hate Christmas Too||Short film|
|1998||Bookmark||James Boswell||Episode: "Boswell's Boswell"; voice|
|Discovering Science||Narrator||4 episodes|
|1999||Psychos||Mark Collins||Series 1, Episode 6|
|The Greatest Store in the World||Mr. Whiskers||Television film|
|2001||Hotel!||Hilton Gilfoyle||Television film|
|High Stakes||Michael Calderwood||Series 1, Episode 6: "Dream Team"|
|2001–11||BBC Breakfast||Guest||2 episodes|
|2002||Solid Geometry||David Hunter||Short film|
|2003||Unconditional Love||DI Terry Machin||Television drama|
|In Deep||Jeremy Church||2 episodes: "Character Assassination"|
|Fortysomething||Dr. Ronnie Pilfrey|
|Judge John Deed||Alan Roxborough, MP||Series 3, Episode 3: "Conspiracy"|
|2004||Sea of Souls||Gordon Fleming||2 episodes: "Seeing Double"|
|Passer By||Defence barrister|
|My Family||Colin Judd||Series 5, Episode 11: "Dentist to the Stars"|
|Foyle's War||Raymond Carter||Series 3, Episode 4: "A War of Nerves"|
|Peep Show||Professor Alistair MacLeish||Series 2, Episode 4: "University Challenge"|
|2005||The Afternoon Play||Billy Shannon||Series 3, Episode 5: "The Singing Cactus"|
|2005–12||The Thick of It||Malcolm Tucker|
|2005–11||Artworks Scotland||Narrator/Himself||4 episodes|
|Pinochet in Suburbia||Andy McEntee||Television docudrama|
|Donovan||Dr. Angus Baldwin||Series 1, Episode 3|
|Midsomer Murders||Laurence Barker||Series 9, Episode 7: "Death in Chorus"|
|The Martians and Us||Narrator|
|Haunted Hogmanay||Jeff Wylie||Voice|
|2007||Waking the Dead||Lucien Calvin||2 episodes: "The Fall"|
|2007–08||Skins||Mark Jenkins||4 episodes|
|2007||Fallen Angel||Henry Appleton|
|Coming Up||Joe||Series 5, Episode 6: "Brussels"|
|Doctor Who||Lobus Caecilius||Series 4, Episode 2: "The Fires of Pompeii"|
|Glendogie Bogey||Jeff Wylie||Voice|
|Cold Blood||Narrator||6 episodes|
|The Man Who Cycled the World||Narrator||Documentary|
|The Devil's Whore||King Charles I|
|The Perfect TV Detective||Narrator||Documentary|
|2009–10||Getting On||Dr. Peter Healey||4 episodes; director of Series 1 and 2|
|2009||A Portrait of Scotland||Presenter||Documentary; writer|
|10 Minute Tales||The Man||Series 1, Episode 9: "Syncing"|
|2010–11||The Football Years||Narrator|
|2010||Bloody Foreigners||Narrator||Series 1, Episode 4: "The Untold Invasion of Britain"|
|Accused||Frank Ryland||Series 1, Episode 3: "Helen's Story"|
|2011||How to Command a Nuclear Submarine||Narrator|
|The Suspicions of Mr Whicher||Samuel Kent||Television film|
|The Field of Blood||Dr. Pete|
|The Penguins of Madagascar||Uncle Nigel||Season 2, Episode 49: "A Visit from Uncle Nigel"|
|2011–18||Natural World||Narrator||2 episodes|
|2012||The Cricklewood Greats||Himself (presenter)/Leslie Grangely||Spoof documentary; co-writer and director|
|Excerpt of Black Drop||Narrator||Short film|
|The Hour||Randall Brown|
|2013||Inside the Mind of Leonardo||Leonardo da Vinci||Documentary|
|Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor||Himself|
|Imagine||Presenter||Series 22, Episode 6: "Who's Afraid of Machiavelli?"|
|2013–17||Doctor Who||Twelfth Doctor||Series 8, 9, and 10|
|2014||The Musketeers||Cardinal Richelieu|
|Unlock Art: Exploring the Surreal||Presenter||Short film|
|Shetland||Weather reporter||Series 2, Episode 5: "Blue Lightning: Part 1"; voice|
|Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion||Himself||Documentary|
|Doctor Who: Earth Conquest – The World Tour||Himself||Documentary|
|2014–15||Doctor Who Extra||Himself|
|2016||Aliens: The Big Think||Narrator||Documentary|
|Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies||Himself||Documentary|
|Class||Twelfth Doctor||Series 1, Episode 1: "For Tonight We Might Die"|
|Prison, My Parents and Me||Narrator||Documentary|
|2018||Zoe Ball's Hardest Road Home||Narrator||Documentary|
|James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction||Himself||4 episodes|
|The South Bank Show||Himself||Episode: "Making of Local Hero"|
|2019||How to See a Black Hole||Narrator||Documentary|
|2020||Being Beethoven||Ludwig van Beethoven||Voice|
|1974||An Inspector Calls||Fort Theatre|
|1976||Whaur's yer Willie Wallace noo?||Strathclyde Theatre Group|
|1983||John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert||John Lennon||Young Vic|
|Doom Doom Doom||Royal Court Theatre|
|1984||Blood Brothers||Eddie||UK tour|
|Dracula||Jonathan Harker||Half Moon Theatre|
|1985||Songs for Stray Cats and Other Living Creatures||Graeme||Paines Plough Theatre|
|1986||All the Fun of the Fair||Half Moon Theatre|
|1987||Cabaret Downstairs||Mr. Meekie||Traverse Theatre|
|1988||The Tom and Sammy Jo Show||Tom||Tron Theatre|
|1989||Valued Friends||Howard||Hampstead Theatre|
|1993||Murder Is Easy||Luke Fitzwilliam||Duke of York's Theatre|
|1998||The Judas Kiss||Robbie Ross||Almeida Theatre|
|2007||Absurdia||Various characters||Donmar Warehouse|
|2011–12||The Ladykillers||Professor Marcus||Liverpool Playhouse|
|1995||If You're So Clever, Why Aren't You Rich||David||BBC Radio 4|
|Medical Detectives||Dr. Peter Allen||BBC Radio 4|
|1996||Emotion Pictures||Wim Wenders||BBC Radio 3|
|Crime and Punishment||Reader||BBC Radio Scotland|
|1998||The Afternoon Play: The Road Back||Gordon Cruikshank||BBC Radio 4|
|Christmas Panto||Louise||BBC Radio 4|
|2000||Fantastic Tales||Reader||BBC Radio 4|
|2002–05||Our Brave Boys||Officer Grieves||BBC Radio 4|
|2005–06||Baggage||Alistair||BBC Radio 4|
|2005||A Certain Age||Andy||BBC Radio 4|
|2007||The Making of Modern Medicine||Reader||BBC Radio 4|
|The First King of Mars||Reader||BBC Radio 4|
|2008||Dr. No||The Armourer||BBC Radio 4|
|The Further Adventures of the First King of Mars||Reader||BBC Radio 4|
|2009||The Heart of Saturday Night||Reader||BBC Radio 4|
|2009–10||The News at Bedtime||Jim Tweedledee||BBC Radio 4|
|2019||Alexei Sayle's The Absence of Normal||Joseph Stalin||BBC Radio 4|
|2020||Beethoven Can Hear You||Ludwig van Beethoven||BBC Radio 3|
|2014||The Doctor and the Dalek||Twelfth Doctor|||
|2015||Doctor Who Game Maker|||
|2019||Lewis Capaldi||"Someone You Loved"||David Simon|||
Awards and nominations
|1993||BAFTA Scotland Award||Best Actor||Soft Top Hard Shoulder||Won|||
|Best Short Film||Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life||Won|||
|Atlantic Film Festival Award||Best Live Action Film||Won|||
|Best Short Film||Won|||
|1994||Angers European First Film Festival Audience Award||Short Film||Won|||
|BAFTA Film Award||Best Short Film||Won|||
|Celtic Media Festival Award||Best New Director||Won|||
|Vevey International Funny Film Festival Award||Prix Schwartz Best Short Film||Won|||
|1995||Academy Award||Live Action Short Film||Won|||
|2005||AudioFile Earphones Awards||N/A||Witch Hunt||Won|||
|2006||RTS Television Award||Best Comedy Performance||The Thick of It||Nominated|||
|BAFTA TV Award||Best Comedy Performance||Nominated|||
|2008||Best Comedy Performance||Nominated|||
|RTS Television Award||Best Comedy Performance||Nominated|||
|2009||BAFTA Scotland Award||Best Acting Performance in Film||In the Loop||Won|||
|British Independent Film Award||Best Actor||Nominated|||
|NYFCO Award||Best Ensemble Cast||Won|||
|LAFCA Award||Best Supporting Actor||2nd place|||
|NYFCC Award||Best Supporting Actor||3rd place|||
|CFCA Award||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|||
|ICP Award||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|||
|VVFP Award||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|||
|Gold Derby Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|||
|2010||OFCS Award||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|||
|COFCA Award||Best Supporting Actor||2nd place|||
|Evening Standard British Film Award||Peter Sellers Award for Comedy||Nominated|||
|OFTA Film Award||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|||
|ICS Award||Best Supporting Actor||2nd place|||
|International Online Cinema Award||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|||
|Best Ensemble Cast||Nominated|||
|ALFS Award||British Actor of the Year||Nominated|||
|Chlotrudis Award||Best Supporting Actor||Won|||
|Best Ensemble Cast||Won|||
|SFX Award||Best Actor||Torchwood||Nominated|||
|BAFTA TV Award||Best Male Comedy Performance||The Thick of It||Won|||
|RTS Television Award||Best Comedy Performance||Nominated|||
|Broadcasting Press Guild Award||Best Actor||Won|||
|Golden Nymph||Outstanding Actor – Comedy Series||Nominated|||
|British Comedy Award||Best TV Comedy Actor||Won|||
|2011||BAFTA Scotland Award||Best Actor – Television||The Field of Blood||Nominated|||
|2012||BAFTA TV Award||Best Comedy (Programme or Series)||The Cricklewood Greats||Nominated|||
|British Comedy Award||Best TV Comedy Actor||The Thick of It||Won|||
|2013||BAFTA TV Award||Best Male Comedy Performance||Nominated|||
|Best Supporting Actor||The Hour||Nominated|||
|Broadcasting Press Guild Award||Best Actor||The Thick of It and The Hour||Nominated|||
|2014||RTS Scotland Award||Special Award||N/A||Won|||
|GQ Men of the Year Award||TV Personality of the Year||Doctor Who||Won|||
|2015||OFTA Television Award||Best Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|||
|BAFTA Cymru Award||Best Actor||Nominated|||
|TV Choice Award||Best Actor||Nominated|||
|Anglophile Award||Best Actor in a Television Series||Nominated|||
|BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting Award||Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game||Lego Dimensions||Won|||
|BTVA Video Game Voice Acting Award||Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game||Won|||
|BAFTA Scotland Award||Best Actor – Television||Doctor Who||Nominated|||
|2018||Sunday Herald Culture Award||Best Actor – Television||Won|||
|2019||AudioFile Earphones Awards||N/A||Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth||Won|||
|Voice Arts Award||Audiobook Narration – Classics, Best Voiceover||Nominated|||
|2020||Audie Award||Best Male Narrator||Nominated|||
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