Happy birthday Peter Capaldi!

Peter Capaldi in 2017
Peter Capaldi in 2017

Peter Dougan Capaldi (photo ©Gage Skidmore) was born on April 14, 1958 in Glasgow, Scotland. Since his childhood he showed talent for acting and music and has been a fan of “Doctor Who” since those years. During his teen-years he was a singer and guitarist of the punk rock band The Dreamboys, in which the drummer was Craig Ferguson, another future professional actor.

After studying at the Glasgow School of Art, Peter Capaldi started working as an actor obtaining his first major role in the 1983 movie “Local Hero”. For a number of years he had more or less important roles in cinema and television production such as George Harrison in the 1985 TV movie “John and Yoko: A Love Story”.

In 1991 Peter Capaldi married Elaine Collins. The two of them have a daughter, Cecily.

In the 1990s Peter Capaldi found important roles in television productions such as “Mr. Wakefield’s Crusade”, “The Secret Agent”, “Chandler & Co”, “The All New Alexei Sayle Show” and “Neverwhere”. However he also did much more and not only as an actor, so much that he won a BAFTA award and above all an Oscar for the 1993 short film “Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life”, which he wrote and directed.

Peter Capaldi’s fame grew further after he started playing Malcolm Tucker in “The Thick of It”, a satirical comedy about the British government. Tucker plays a consultant role of the type called spin doctor. Started in 2005, the show went on with some breaks until 2012 and Capaldi won a BAFTA and two British Comedy Awards. He also played that role in its spinoff “In the Loop”, broadcast in 2009.

In 2008 Peter Capaldi had his first role in “Doctor Who” in the episode “The Fires of Pompeii”. The following year he played a more important role in the spinoff “Torchwood: Children of Earth”.

Among the many roles played during those years there was that of Cardinal Richelieu in the TV show “The Musketeers” and the one in the 2013 movie “World War Z”, where his character is credited as W.H.O. Doctor. The latter was almost a prophecy because in the same year came the announcement of his choice to play the Twelfth Doctor in “Doctor Who”. His version of the Time Lord was very intense, embracing a wide range of emotions. His speeches remained memorable with many references to issues such as war.

In the role of the Doctor, Peter Capaldi has also participated in the production of some videogames to which he lent his voice, to the spinoff “Class” and to the charity program “Children in Need”. He left the role with the 2017 Christmas episode.

Throughout his career Peter Capaldi has also worked as a documentary narrator, occasionally as a presenter and author. Now that he has finished working in “Doctor Who” surely we’ll see him again in other important productions.

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