Peter Dougan Capaldi (born April 14, 1958) is a Scottish actor and film director. He has played numerous roles in film and television, but is best known for his role as Malcolm Tucker in the BBC comedy series The Thick of It and its follow-up film 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. Since 2013, he has portrayed the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor in the science fiction TV series Doctor Who. He had previously appeared in the series as Lobus Caecilius in the episode "The Fires of Pompeii" and also the spin-off series Torchwood: Children of Earth as John Frobisher.