Lewis Capaldi is one of the most popular singers in the world right now, with his debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent reaching number one in the UK and Ireland in 2019. His hit song “Someone You Loved” also topped the charts for seven weeks and earned him a BRIT Award nomination. But did you know that he shares his surname with another famous British star, Peter Capaldi? The actor is best known for his roles as the 12th Doctor in Doctor Who and Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It. But are they related? And how did they end up working together on a music video? Here’s everything you need to know about the surprising family link between Lewis and Peter Capaldi.
The Second Cousin Connection
According to Metro, Lewis and Peter are related by blood, but not very closely. Lewis is the second cousin once removed of Peter, meaning that Peter is Lewis’ dad’s second cousin. Lewis told the Daily Record that he found out about their relation from his dad and his aunties, who would always point out Peter whenever he came on TV. He said: “My dad and my aunties told me we were related to Peter a while ago. I think he’s my dad’s second cousin. Whenever he came on the TV they’d always say, ‘You’re related to Malcolm Tucker’ or ‘You’re related to Doctor Who’.”
The First Meeting
Despite being related, Lewis and Peter had never met until Peter attended one of Lewis’ shows in London in 2018. Lewis told The Sun that they were trying to figure out how exactly they were related, and that Peter was very complimentary of his performance. He said: “It was very confusing f***ing thing but he was very complimentary, it was very nice about the show and he seemed to really enjoy it. I’m a big fan of his work as well so we were just mutually complementing each other.”
The Music Video Collaboration
The first time Lewis and Peter worked together was on the music video for “Someone You Loved”, which was released in November 2018. The video was made in partnership with Live Life Give Life, a charity organisation that raises awareness for organ donation. Peter played a widower who receives the heart of Lewis’ character’s late wife. Lewis told Heat World that it was a massive honour to work with Peter and director Phil Beastall on the video, and that he was proud of how it turned out. He said: “Despite being related, prior to the video I’d only met Peter once when he came along to a show of mine in London last year. It was such a massive honour getting to work with him and director Phil Beastall over the two days we shot. He’s absolutely incredible in the video and I’m so proud of how it turned out.”
The Mutual Praise
Both Lewis and Peter have expressed their admiration for each other’s talents in various interviews. Peter called Lewis “an amazing talent” in an interview with The Big Issue, and said he was happy to draw attention to organ donation with the video. He said: “Lewis is an amazing talent and I was happy to draw attention to organ donation.” Lewis also praised Peter’s acting skills and his sense of humour in an interview with Bustle. He said: “He’s such an incredible actor but also just such a funny guy as well.” He also joked that he hoped Peter would get him a role on Doctor Who someday.
The Family Bond
Lewis and Peter may not be very close relatives, but they seem to have a strong bond based on their shared passion for their crafts. They have also shown their support for each other on social media, with Lewis tweeting his congratulations to Peter when he won an Oscar for his short film The Phone Call in 2015, and Peter posting a picture of himself wearing a Lewis Capaldi T-shirt in 2019. They have also appeared together on several occasions, such as at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in 2019 and at a charity event for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy in 2020.
Lewis and Peter Capaldi are two of the most successful and talented stars in the UK right now, but they are also humble and down-to-earth people who value their family ties. Their surprising connection is proof that talent runs in the Capaldi clan, and that they are not afraid to collaborate and celebrate each other’s achievements..