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The Fifth Estate – The new Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi, acting background

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Fifth Estate - Editor of The Guardian Alan Rusbridger (Peter Capaldi) ©2013 DreamWorks II Distribution, photo by Frank Connor

Peter Capaldi, who was recently cast to play the new Doctor in Doctor Who, is Alan Rusbridger, the current editor of The Guardian in The Fifth Estate.

In the film he is working alone side Dan Stevens, of Downton Abbey fame, who plays is Ian Katz, deputy editor of The Guardian.

This the the biography from the The Fifth Estate press notes which, given his now high profile upcoming television role this Christmas, we thought might be of interest!

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Fifth Estate – Prominent investigative journalist for The Guardian Ian Katz (Dan Stevens) with the editor of The Guardian Alan Rusbridger (Peter Capaldi) ©2013 DreamWorks II Distribution, photo by Frank Connor

The Fifth Estate, Peter Capaldi – Press notes

Fifth Estate - Peter Capaldi
Fifth Estate – Editor of The Guardian Alan Rusbridger (Peter Capaldi) ©2013 DreamWorks II Distribution, photo by Frank Connor

Peter Capaldi (Alan Rusbridger) received a BAFTA Award and three nominations for his role as Malcolm Tucker in the hit British political satire series, “The Thick of It.” Reprising his role in the spinoff film In the Loop, he was nominated as Best Supporting Actor by the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Central Ohio Film Critics Association, Chicago Film Critics Association, the London Critics Circle, the Evening Standard British Film Awards and the British Independent Film Awards. The ensemble cast of the film won the prestigious Chlotrudis Award from the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film in Boston.

Capaldi’s screen career began in 1983, with the leading role in Bill Forsyth’s comedy Local Hero, which also starred Burt Lancaster and Peter Riegert. Since then he has appeared regularly on television and film, most recently opposite Angelina Jolie in the forthcoming Maleficent and as Cardinal Richelieu in the television series The Musketeers.

In 1995, Capaldi won the Academy Award® for Best Short Film for his directorial debut Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life. Since then he has written and directed the feature film Soft Top Hard Shoulder and directed Strictly Sinatra.

For television, he directed The Cricklewood Greats, which was nominated as Best Comedy Program or Series by BAFTA in 2012, and episodes of the award-winning comedy Getting On.

The Scottish actor has just been named the 12th incarnation of Dr Who, the iconic character featured in the British science-fiction program that has been on the air for 33 seasons.