Peter Capaldi is a Scottish actor, writer and director. He has played numerous roles in film and television including the role of Malcolm Tucker, a spin doctor in the BBC comedy series The Thick of It and its film spinoff In the Loop, for which he has received four British Academy Television Award nominations, winning Best Male Comedy Performance in 2010. He is best known for being the twelfth and current actor to play the title role in the long-running BBC One sci-fi series Doctor Who. As a director, he won the 1995 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film as well as the British Academy Film Award for Best Short Film the year before for his short film Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life.
Capaldi was cast in 2013 as the Doctor in the BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who. Capaldi first appeared as the Doctor in a cameo in the 50th anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor", before appearing in the 2013 Christmas special, "The Time of the Doctor". A lifelong fan of the series, Capaldi had previously played Lobus Caecilius in the 2008 episode "The Fires of Pompeii" with the Tenth Doctor and his companion Donna Noble, as well as playing civil servant John Frobisher in the 2009 spin-off Torchwood: Children of Earth.