With the Italian branch of his family originating from Picinisco, south-east of Rome, Christopher Capaldi spent his childhood growing up in Scotland. Educated at Stewart’s Melville College in Edinburgh, Chris demonstrated a natural aptitude for sport; in particular rugby, swimming and athletics. By his early teens, he swam for the east of Scotland at district level and his flair on the sports field shone when he was crowned Scottish Schools Javelin Champion.
It was no surprise that upon leaving school Chris followed a career path into sport. His major sporting passion was rugby and he competed internationally for Scotland’s Rugby 7’s team. He also played for Plymouth Albion in the English First Division. To add another string to his bow he qualified as a sports coach, personal trainer and sports masseuse.
In 2005, a talented young photographer by the name of Anna Crolla, asked if she could photograph Chris for the “Men’s Health Front Cover” competition. Chris beat thousands of hopefuls to finish in the top 20. Naturally, he caught the eye of internationally respected model agency Colours, who quickly snapped him up.
After sporting a stonker of a black eye at an important casting, it was apparent to Chris that rugby and modelling didn’t necessarily go hand in hand. Thankfully, Chris chose modelling as his future and fully committed to it. As such, it wasn’t long before Colours made Chris Capaldi a household name.
In 2008, Chris landed the most coveted campaign for male models in Scotland – the face of Scotch Beef. He also caught the attention of Sir Sean Connery who invited Chris to appear on the catwalk for Dressed to Kilt in New York.
It was in New York and in the company of his acting heroes such as Liam Neeson, Gerry Butler and Brian Cox that Chris decided to make a leap of faith and promptly enrolled at the New York Film Academy. It wasn’t long before he was attracting attention from casting directors both in NYC, LA and London.
Now, as one of the most consistently booked models both here in the UK and across the pond, Chris mainly splits his time between London and New York. On the rare occasion he has some down time he likes to come home to Scotland and spend time with family and friends.