Peter Capaldi | Doctor Who
Known to fans worldwide as the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi began working in theater productions as a teen before going on to study at the Glasgow School of Art. During this time, he even explored a life in music, providing vocals for the punk band The Dreamboys, which featured Craig Ferguson, ex-host of The Late Late Show, on the drums.
Following his time in art school, he decided to pursue acting and has since appeared in several film and television productions. In the late 80s, he landed a lead role in the humorous vampire tale The Lair of the White Worm (1988), co-starring Hugh Grant, and a supporting role in Dangerous Liaisons (1988) as the servant Azolan. Neil Gaiman fans will recall his role as a grandiose, evil angel in the 1996 BBC six-episode fantasy program Neverwhere.
After winning a BAFTA Award and an Academy Award in the Short Film (Live Action) category for his 1993 story, Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life, Capaldi donned his director's and screenwriter's cap for again for 2000's Strictly Sinatra. In 2005, he landed the role of Malcolm Tucker in the film The Thick of It, for which he won another BAFTA. The project was spun off into the film In the Loop (2009), with Capaldi appearing as Tucker once again.2013 saw Capaldi featured in the big-budget summer zombie flick World War Z and the suspense tale The Fifth Estate, which dramatizes the WikiLeaks affair. In August of that year, during a BBC live broadcast, it was announced that Capaldi would be the 12th actor to portray sci-fi character Doctor Who in the popular TV series of the same name. Capaldi, who kept his casting top secret, had appeared in the time-hopping show before, as a Roman merchant, as well as in its spin-off Torchwood. He has been portraying The Doctor since 2013 and 2017 marks his last season in the beloved role. Capaldi will next be seen on the big screen in a role in the upcoming sequel Paddington 2, set for release late 2017.