Peter Capaldi


14 april, 1958



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Brought up in Glasgow, Scotland, Peter Capaldi attended drama classes and was accepted into the Glasgow School of Art. While studying there he secured his breakthrough role in Local Hero (1983).

He was announced the 12th Doctor Who 4th August 2013 on a BBC special programme. He had to hide it from his daughter who remarked to him why it is his name never came up during the buzz. It was a huge relief not to have to keep the secret anymore. His agent called and said "Hello Doctor" when informing him he had gotten the part.

Was the lead singer of punk rock band, Dreamboys, which included Craig Ferguson as the drummer and Temple Clark as the bassist.

He is a patron of the 'Association for International Cancer Research' and of the Scottish children's charity 'the Aberlour Child Care Trust'.

He had been to an audition in the morning where he felt that he was made "to jump through hoops" for a small role by people he had worked with before. This frustrating audition gave him the mind set at the next audition on that day for the role of Malcolm Tucker in The Thick Of It. Armando Iannucci found he was perfect for the role.

Played a character called "W.H.O. Doctor" in World War Z (2013) before being cast in the lead role for "Doctor Who".

He is the first actor to play The Doctor in the revamped "Doctor Who" (2005), to be born before the original series first premiered.

He is the only Oscar winner to play The Doctor (though not for acting, for best animated short film).

He is the second actor to play The Doctor to have played a previous role in the show, first one being Colin Baker.

Capaldi is the third Scottish actor to play the role of the Doctor in the TV series, following Sylvester McCoy, who played the Seventh Doctor, and David Tennant, who played the Tenth Doctor.

He is only the third actor to play the Doctor who has been older than the actor they replaced in the role; the others were Jon Pertwee (who was a year older than Patrick Troughton) and Colin Baker (who was eight years older than Peter Davison). Capaldi is also (joint with the First Doctor William Hartnell) the oldest actor to be cast in the role; both were aged 55 when cast.

He is twenty-eight years older than 'Jenna-Louise Coleman', the greatest age difference between the actor playing The Doctor and the actress playing his companion.

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