Date of Birth : Jan 1st 1958
Peter Capaldi is a Scottish, Academy Award and BAFTA Award-winning film director and actor.
Capaldi is currently best known for his performance playing the political spin doctor, Malcolm Tucker, in the BBC sitcom The Thick of It, written by fellow Scottish-Italian, Armando Iannucci. This character is reportedly based on the New Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell. Capaldi was nominated for the BAFTA and RTS best comedy actor award in 2006.
As an actor he has appeared in over forty films and television programmes since his breakthrough role as Danny Oldsen in Local Hero (1983), including a lead role in Ken Russell’s The Lair of the White Worm (1988) and Stephen Frears’ Dangerous Liaisons (also 1988). He also starred as Ozzy in a 1985 episode of Minder, where he assisted Arthur Daley in the sales of dodgy car phones which caused other radio technology to malfunction. The episode was titled Life in the Fast Food Lane. He is also known as an audio book narrator having read many books including several of the works of Iain Banks. He then starred as Rory in the TV version of Banks’ The Crow Road.
In 1995 he won an Oscar 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 also played Chief Petty Officer Grieves in the BBC Radio Ministry of Defence Comedy Our Brave Boys.