Peter Dougan Capaldi is a Scottish actor, director and writer. He has played numerous roles in film and television and is best known for being the twelfth and current actor to play the title role in the long-running BBC One science-fiction series Doctor Who and for the role of Malcolm Tucker, a spin doctor in the BBC comedy series The Thick of It and its film spinoff In the Loop. In 1995, he won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for his short film Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life.Early lifeCapaldi was born in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of Nancy (née Soutar) and Gerald John Capaldi. His paternal grandfather was Italian while the rest of his ancestry is Scottish and Irish. His parents ran an ice cream business. He was educated at St Teresa's Primary School in Possilpark, St Matthew's Primary School in Bishopbriggs, and St Ninian's High School, Kirkintilloch, before attending the Glasgow School of Art.