Peter Capaldi is a Scottish director and actor best known for his role as foul-mouthed political spin doctor, Malcolm Tucker, in the BBC sitcom The Thick of It, from 2005-2012.
He is also known for his role as Mr. Frobisher in the science fiction series Torchwood, in 2009; and in August 2013 he was named as the twelfth actor to play the iconic Doctor Who character in the reimagined series.
Before securing the coveted role of the Twelfth Doctor, Peter first appeared in Doctor Who in 2008, playing Caecilius in the episode "The Fires of Pompeii".
Peter grew up in Glasgow and attended the Glasgow School of Art, while studying there he secured his first breakthrough role in Local Hero (1983). He has also had roles in Dangerous Liaisons, The Crow Road, The Devil's Whore and Torchwood: Children of Earth.
It is his role as Government spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC comedy series, The Thick of It, that earned Peter both international and award success. In 2010 he won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Role and the BPG Best Actor Award.
In both 2010 and 2012, Peter won the British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor. A film spin-off from The Thick of It, entitled In the Loop, was released in 2009.
As well as appearing in front of the camera, Peter is an award winning film maker. In 1995, he won the Oscar for Best Short Film (Live Action) for Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life.
He also wrote Soft Top, Hard Shoulder, which won the audience award at the London Film Festival, and wrote and directed Strictly Sinatra.
Peter's stage credits include Professor Marcus in The Ladykillers at the Liverpool Playhouse, which saw the play transfer to the Gielgud Theatre in London.
2013 was a busy year for Peter who was seen on screen in the film World War Z and in the second season of the BBC Two drama series The Hour, for which he was BAFTA nominated.
He also appears in the film The Fifth Estate and the Disney film Maleficent and in the BBC One drama series The Musketeers, in which he plays Cardinal Richelieu.