Peter Capaldi, b. 1958. Actor and film director (14 December 1999)
About this artwork
Born in Glasgow, Capaldi studied at Glasgow School of Art before, at the age of twenty-three, landing a role in the 1983 film, ‘Local Hero’. Sailing on its success Capaldi featured in several films and TV shows. In 1995 he won the best Live Action Short Film Oscar for ‘Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life’, which he wrote and directed. In 2010 he won a BAFTA for his intense performance as the government spin-doctor, Malcolm Tucker, in the BBC comedy series ‘The Thick of It’. More recently Capaldi has been named as the twelfth doctor in the BBC science fiction series, Doctor Who. Taken in 1999, this photograph shows the actor as a contemplative figure, looking out of the composition as though distracted by something beyond the frame.
- title: Peter Capaldi, b. 1958. Actor and film director
- accession number: PGP 284.16
- artist: Donald MaclellanScottish (born 1967)
- depicted: Peter Capaldi
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(Print Room)
- object type: Photograph
- subject: Performing Arts Stage and Screen
- date created: 14 December 1999
- measurements: 43.10 x 35.40 cm
- credit line: Purchased 2002
- copyright: © Donald Maclellan photographer
Donald MacLellan was born in the West Highlands in 1967. He is a leading portrait photographer whose first solo exhibition 'Black Power' showed at the National Portrait Gallery in London in 1998. Empire magazine commissioned MacLellan to create a portfolio of Scotland's best actors in 2000. It was mounted as an exhibition first at the Cannes Film Festival (May 2000), then in London, finally coming to Edinburgh in 2001/2. MacLellan's work appears regularly in current newspapers and magazines.