By Amelia Slater

3rd July 2019

Lewis Capaldi & Peter Capaldi: Are They Related?!

It is a question we’ve all been asking after the release of hit single ‘Someone You Loved’…are Lewis Capaldi & Peter Capaldi related?!

After the In The Thick Of It star appeared in the music video, fans have been buzzing with questions.

It takes a special kind of person to be able to make you cry both tears of anguish and laughter. Award winning Scottish singer songwriter Lewis Capaldi does just that with his heart-wrenching ballads and happy-go-lucky quick wit.

Well, the 21 year old singer from Bathgate, West Lothian, has revealed that there is a distant family connection between himself and the former Timelord…

The Two Capaldis

Lewis said to the Daily Record that:

‘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.’

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‘I’d only met Peter once…’

In spite of the family connection, Lewis never actually met the famous actor until the star came along to a gig. Revealing to Heat World, 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.’

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‘He’s a really cool guy’

‘None of us had met him though so when my agent mentioned he’d been in touch asking about coming to my show in London I said yes, of course! He came backstage afterwards to say hello and we had a great chat.

‘We talked a bit about the family connection and he said he really liked the music, so that was really nice of him. He’s a really cool guy. It’s a big inspiration to have someone who’s so successful in the family.’

 

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Raising Awareness

With an idea to raise awareness about organ donation, Lewis suggested they get his distant relative involved:

‘We were at the record label and I was explaining what I wanted to do to raise awareness with this video. ‘ he said. ‘Very flippantly I was like, ‘We could ask Peter Capaldi’.

‘My manager had his email from when he came down to the show last year, he emailed and literally the next day, my manager gets a phone call from Peter saying, ‘Mate, I’d love to do this, send me over the script, I’d be honoured to be involved.’’

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Peter, best known for his role as potty mouth Malcolm Tucker, shows his emotional side in the music video, gripping viewers with his moving performance. The actor was only full of praise about the experience, saying:

‘Lewis is an amazing talent (I’m not just saying that because of his name – Capaldi or not, he’s remarkable), and I was happy to draw attention to organ donation.’

At the beginning of February, the music video went viral. After four weeks in the charts, Lewis revealed that he never expected his original suggestion that the Doctor Who star get involved would actually happen, admitting it was a ‘totally absent-minded’ idea. Still, the contact was made and the rest is history!

The Only Way Is Up

The single reached number one in the UK, staying in the UK Singles Chart for a whopping seven weeks. With a BRIT nomination under his belt as well, Lewis is quickly becoming a singing sensation, garnering 2.8 million followers on Instagram.

The quirky singer has made a name for himself outside of his soulful hits just for being so…well…normal. Posting videos on social media of himself talking to fans, Lewis clearly doesn’t take life too seriously.

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Dubbed the ‘Scottish Ed Sheeran’ mixed with the character of Joey Essex; the rising star has been gigging since the age of just 12 years old. He dropped his first EP – Bloom – in October 2017 which he produced alongside Grammy award-winner Malay. In 2019, he began embarking on a world tour.

You can find tickets for Lewis Capaldi’s tour here.

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