Capaldi, who is best known to science fiction fans for playing the Twelfth incarnation of the Doctor on Doctor Who between 2013 and 2017 has won five BAFTA Awards to date; including a Film Award for Best Short Film, BAFTA TV Award for Best Male Comedy Performance for his role as Malcolm Tucker in the Thick of IT and multiple BAFTA Scotland Awards as both an actor and writer/director.
Born in Glasgow in 1958, Capaldi got his breakthrough role at the age of 24 in Bill Forsyth’s cult classic film Local Hero. Since then he has gone on to play many great roles on television and in film including performances in Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, The Suicide Squad and Paddington as well as playing Siegfried Sassoon in the critically acclaimed Benediction.
In 1994 Peter Capaldi won an Oscar for his short film Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life.
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However, it is for his role as foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker in the brilliant BBC comedy The Thick of It and as the Time Lord the Doctor in Doctor Who that many fans remember him most fondly.
Peter said; “I am deeply touched to be receiving the BAFTA Scotland Outstanding Contribution to Film and TV Award. My good luck started with being born in Scotland and continued on with the opportunities afforded me within the Scottish film and TV industry. Without the support of the creative community in Scotland I wouldn’t be here, so to be the recipient of this award is kindness indeed.”
Jude MacLaverty, Director of BAFTA Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be presenting this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television to the exceptionally talented Peter Capaldi. Peter Capaldi is one of Scotland’s highest profile actors who has created some of film and televisions most iconic and much loved characters.
His work has not only been recognised by his peers and the public, but has also inspired future generations of film and television makers. We are honoured to present this award to Peter and look forward to recognising his outstanding achievements in-person at the BAFTA Scotland Awards on Sunday 20 November.”
DJ and presenter Edith Bowman will host the BAFTA Scotland Awards in Glasgow on Sunday 20 November, where Peter will accept the award.
The ceremony will be available to watch live at 17.30 on BAFTA’s YouTube channel youtube.com/bafta, followed by a highlights programme on BBC Scotland at 10pm.