Peter Capaldi

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Peter Capaldi during location filming for Doctor Who in 2014.

Peter Capaldi (born 14th April, 1958) is a Scottish actor, screenwriter and award-winning director.

In 1993, Capaldi wrote and directed Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life, a short film which won an Academy Award and a BAFTA. Some lean years followed, leading Capaldi to seriously consider giving up acting,[1] but he became known to audiences in the UK when he was cast as Malcolm Tucker in the BBC political comedy The Thick of It (2005-2012), partly because of his character's propensity for verbal profanity. He also played Tucker in the spin-off film In the Loop in 2009, and by this time had become a well-recognised face for a variety of film and television work.

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Peter Capaldi in 2009.

In 2013, Capaldi was announced as the twelfth actor to take on the lead role in the television series Doctor Who.[2] Capaldi is himself a dedicated fan of the programme, and as a teenager sought to run an official fan club for the series.[3] He had already appeared in the series in 2008, playing a different character, and as another in a spin-off series, Torchwood.