Fast Facts

  • Father's family comes from Picinisco, Italy; mother's family was Irish.
  • Wrote to the BBC in 1974, regarding Doctor Who (played by Jon Pertwee at the time) and received back several Doctor Who scripts.
  • Was in a punk rock band, called Dreamboys, with Craig Ferguson in college.
  • Was cast in Local Hero (1983) when his landlady, who worked as a costume designer, introduced him to director Bill Forsyth.
  • Shortly before he was announced as the Twelfth Doctor Who, he played a W.H.O. Doctor in World War Z (2013).
  • Patron of Aberlour, a children's charity.


  • 1994, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Short Film: Winner
  • 1994, Oscar — Best Short Film, Live Action: Winner


  • Elaine Collins — Wife
  • Gerry Capaldi — Father
  • Nancy Capaldi — Mother
  • Cecily Capaldi — Daughter


  • Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland (1980)

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  • Birth Name: Peter Dougan Capaldi
  • Birth Place: Glasgow, Scotland
  • Profession: Actor

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