At this point in British pop culture and history, as the iconic TV show Doctor, Doctor Who is as iconic as it gets. It’s a huge responsibility to be part of a legacy that began in 1963 and is an important part of the childhood of millions of British men and women. Simply put, it’s an honor to be cast in a role that only thirteen other actors have had the honor of tackling in the entire history of British television. Peter Capaldi is one of the few to have had this opportunity, he led the Doctor Who franchise as the Twelfth Doctor from 2014 to 2017.
While it might seem like Doctor Who may very well be the most iconic project PeterCapaldi would be part of before his retirement, the former Doctor actually had an illustrious career that spanned over 36 years. Here are five interesting facts to learn about the British icon.
Before diving into some interesting facts about the life of Peter Capaldi, here is a brief introduction to the Scottish actor. Peter Capaldi was born on 14 th April 1958 to an Italian father, Gerald JohnCapaldi, in Glasgow, Scotland and was brought up in the Springburn district of Glasgow under the watchful eye of his mother, Nancy Capaldi, who ran a ice cream in the district.
Like all other children his age, he went to school, emphasizing every box in school completion. He attended St. Teresa’s Primary School, St. Matthew’s Primary School and St Ninian’s High School before going to Glasgow School of Art.
He started his career with a role as Joe in Living Together in 1982. Since then, he has appeared in over 100 movies and TV shows. He cut his teeth with different performance mediums, from radio to theater to voice in video games; Peter Capaldi is a man who can be described as having done it all. He has received numerous awards and nominations as important as his filmography and is currently married to Elaine Collins with whom he has a daughter, Cecily Capaldi.
Five facts about Peter Capaldi
1. He caught the acting bug as a kid
Finding out who you are and what you want to do with the rest of your life can be a life-long search for most, but luckily for Peter Capaldi and those of us who loved his work, he discovered his passion as early as primary school. With strings and dolls, he expressed his affinity for performance by organizing puppet shows. He continued through high school where he joined the Antonine Players and performed in theater.
2. he has range
Range is what separates good actors from great actors, and Peter Capaldi’s list of character performances make him a great actor. From comedic roles for which he received an award, to the dramatic role of playing a mathematician with bipolar disorder or playing a homosexual gay man, Peter Capaldi has shown himself capable of transforming his personality according to the demands of the script.
3. He is a director and writer
As difficult as an actor can be, the two parts of the film production process that can be very challenging and have the ability to make or score a film on their own are directing and writing; the two sections that Peter Capaldi did not flee. Early in his career he dipped his legs into writing, starting with the 1992 film Soft Top, Hard Shoulder which won him an award at the London Film Festival. He also wrote and directed a short film, The Life of Franz Kafka is Wonderful which won an Oscar.
4. Peter Capaldi is a philanthropist
When it comes to philanthropy, using your platform to raise awareness of various social issues is more important than money. Peter Capaldi has graciously lent his time and platform to two charitable projects such as the sponsorship of Aberlour Child Care Trust Worldwide, Cancer Research, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Outreach Program to the global refugee crisis.
5. he was in a band
For a brief moment in what has been a long life, Peter Capaldi was a member of a band. Art students at the Glasgow School of Art, Peter and Craig Ferguson were part of a band called The Dreamboys. Peter was the lead singer and guitarist of the punk rock band.