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Biography

  • Born

    14 April 1958 (age 60)

  • Born In

    Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Peter Dougan Capaldi (born 14 April 1958) is a Scottish actor and film director.
Capaldi is best 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. 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. 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 lead 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 and a BAFTA for Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life. 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' 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 third series of Torchwood. He also appeared as King Charles I in the Channel 4 series The Devil's Whore, screened in 2008.

He provided a voice for the animated feature for Haunted Hogmanay by Kolik Films in 2006.

Capaldi directs the BBC Four sitcom Getting On, written by and starring Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine, in one episode of which he appeared as a doctor. Later that same year he wrote and presented A Portrait of Scotland, a documentary about 500 years history of Scottish portrait painting.

Capaldi is also a successful audio book narrator. His many titles include several of the works of Iain Banks. He starred as Rory in the TV version of Banks' The Crow Road.

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