Dexter Fletcher


Dexter Fletcher
Dexter Fletcher
Born 31 January 1966 (1966-01-31) (age 45)
Enfield, North London, England
Occupation Actor/Writer
Years active 1976–present
Spouse Dalia Ibelhauptaite
(1997-present)

Dexter Fletcher (born 31 January 1966) is an English actor. He is best known for his role in Guy Ritchie film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels as well as television roles in such shows as the dramedy Hotel Babylon, the critically acclaimed HBO series Band of Brothers and earlier in his career, the children's show Press Gang. He also had a short lived stint at presenting, when he tried his hand at the third series of Channel 4's GamesMaster in 1993 and 1994.

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Career

Acting

Fletcher trained at the Anna Scher Theatre drama club.[1] Fletcher's first film part was as Baby Face in Bugsy Malone (1976). He made his stage début the following year in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. As a child actor, Fletcher was a regular feature in British productions in the early 1980s such as The Long Good Friday, The Elephant Man, and The Bounty. As an adult, he has appeared on television as rebellious teenager Spike Thomson in Press Gang and also Murder Most Horrid (1991) with Dawn French. His American accent had some fans convinced that he actually is an American.[2] He has starred in the films Caravaggio (1986), The Rachel Papers (1989), Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Layer Cake (2004), AffirmFilm's Solomon as Rehoboam, and Universal's Doom as a communications officer nicknamed "Pinky".[3]

On television, he has appeared in the major HBO drama, Band of Brothers and in a supporting role in the BBC One historical drama The Virgin Queen (US PBS 2005, UK 2006). He also appeared in Kylie Minogue's 1997 released music video Some Kind of Bliss. Fletcher has starred on BBC One in a series based on the Imogen Edwards-Jones's book, Hotel Babylon which ran for four series before being axed in 2009.[1] He also appeared in one episode, "The Booby and the Beast", of BBC's Robin Hood series 2 as the German Count Friedrich and in the 2008 radio series The Way We Live Right Now.

He also appeared in Bo! Selecta spin off, A Bears Tail as 'The Scriptwriter' after fellow Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels star Nick Moran portrayed this role in the pilot, but not in the series proper. He played a brief role in the BBC series New Tricks, in the episode "Final Curtain", where he played fictional actor, Tommy Jackson.

He also appeared in the Boon "Walking Off Air", playing Eddie Cotton.[4]

In 2009, he appeared in Misfits as Nathan Young's dad, reprising the role in 2010 for the second series.

Fletcher stars in 2009 in the Vampire film Dead Cert, which is directed by Steven Lawson.[5]

2011 saw him acting in his first role as a police officer, as Detective Edwards in the British film noir Jack Falls, alongside his Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels co-stars Jason Flemying and Alan Ford.

Presenting

Fletcher tried his hand at presenting for the now defunct Channel 4 show GamesMaster in 1993. The TV show was in its third series. Dexter was originally slated to be a special guest on the third series but was then asked to be presenter, after Dominik Diamond left the show due to his disapproval at McDonald's landing a sponsorship deal with them.

Fletcher recalls presenting GamesMaster was 'very unforgiving' and 'quite intimidating'[citation needed]. He claimed the most difficult part was 'just getting up, taking a deep breath, and going out there and doing it'.[6] His style of presenting was heavily criticised by viewers who said his 'in your face' method was too 'OTT' and did not suit the show. Some viewers suspected his genuine Cockney accent was put on for effect.[citation needed] The series finished in 1994 and Dominik Diamond returned for the last four series until the show ended in January 1998.

Voice work

Fletcher has been the voice for McDonald's television adverts and (feigning a US accent) is the narrator of The Game audio book written by Neil Strauss. He also narrated the Five series Airforce Afghanistan.

Personal

Fletcher dated Press Gang costar Julia Sawalha[7][8] and also had a relationship with Liza Walker.

He married Dalia Ibelhauptaite in Westminster, London[9] in 1997. His best man was said to be fellow actor Alan Rickman.[1]

Dexter's brothers are also actors; Graham Fletcher-Cook[10] and Steve Fletcher.[11]

He is also a big fan of London-based Arsenal Football Club, which is shown regularly in Hotel Babylon.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1976 Bugsy Malone Babyface
1979 The Long Good Friday The boy who asks for money to watch Harold's car
1980 The Elephant Man Byte's Boy
1984 The Bounty Able Seaman Thomas Ellison
1985 Revolution Ned Dobb
1986 Caravaggio Young Caravaggio
1988 The Raggedy Rawney Tom
1989 The Rachel Papers Charles Highway
1993 Prince Cinders Prince Cinders
1993 Jude Priest
1997 The Man Who Knew Too Little Otto
1998 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Soap
1999 Topsy-Turvy Louis
1999 Tube Tales Joe
2001 Band of Brothers John Martin TV Series
8 Episodes
2002 Below Kingsley
2003 Stander Lee McCall
The Deal Charlie Whelan TV Film
2004 The Secret of Year Six Mike
Layer Cake Cody
2005 Doom Marcus "Pinky" Pinzerowski
2006 Tristan & Isolde Orick
2007 Stardust Skinny Pirate
2008 Autumn Michael
2009 Misfits (TV series) Nathan's dad
2010 Kick-Ass Cody
2010 Amaya Frenchman
2011 Jack Falls Detective Edwards
2011 White Van Man Ian

References

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