Dexter Fletcher

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Dexter Fletcher
Dexter Fletcher.jpg
Fletcher in 2012
Born (1966-01-31) 31 January 1966 (age 48)
Enfield, near London, England
Occupation Actor, writer and Director
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Dalia Ibelhauptaite
(1997–present)

Dexter Fletcher (born 31 January 1966) is an English actor and director. He has appeared in the 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, with the third series of Channel 4's GamesMaster in 1993 and 1994.

Career[edit]

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 appeared in Bo! Selecta spin off, A Bear's 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 episode "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 Flemyng and Alan Ford.

In 2012, Fletcher had a small role in horror-comedy Cockneys vs Zombies, where he played the character 'Dad Maguire'.

2012 and Dexter takes the lead role as History Teacher Mr Sheers in supernatural British teen flick Coven, due for release late 2013. Starring with him are St Trinian's' twin child actors Holly Mackie[6] and Cloe Mackie[7]

Directing[edit]

Fletcher's debut as a director, Wild Bill, was released on 20 March 2012. His second film as director is a new musical film by Stephen Greenhorn, Sunshine on Leith based around the popular Proclaimers songs which was released on October 4, 2013.[8]

Presenting[edit]

Fletcher presented the third series of 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'.[9] 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 February 1998.

Voice work[edit]

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, as well as the "Chop Shop: London Garage" series on the Discovery Channel. In 1998, Fletcher featured on the song "Here Comes the Flood" from the album Fin de Siecle by The Divine Comedy.

Narrates BBC1 show Del Boys and Dealers. (May 2014)

Personal life[edit]

Fletcher was born in Enfield, England. He dated Press Gang co-star Julia Sawalha[10][11] and also had a relationship with actress Liza Walker.

He married Lithuanian, highly acclaimed director Dalia Ibelhauptaitė in Westminster,[12] in 1997. His best man was fellow actor Alan Rickman.[1] Dexter's brothers are also actors; Graham Fletcher-Cook[13] and Steve Fletcher.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1976 Bugsy Malone Babyface
1978 Les Miserables Gavroche TV Film
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 Press Gang James (Spike) Thomson
The Rachel Papers Charles Highway
1990 Twisted Obsession Malcolm Greene
1991 All Out Angelo
1993 Prince Cinders Prince Cinders
1996 Jude Priest
1997 The Man Who Knew Too Little Otto
Famous Five Lou (one off) TV Series
1998 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Soap
1999 Topsy-Turvy Louis
Tube Tales Joe Segment: Mr Cool
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
2006–2009 Hotel Babylon Tony Casemore TV Series
32 episodes
2007 Stardust Skinny Pirate
2008 Autumn Michael
2009 Misfits Mike Young TV Series
2010 Kick-Ass Cody
Amaya Frenchman
Dead Cert Eddie Christian
2011 Jack Falls Detective Edwards
Fedz Hunter
White Van Man Ian TV Series
The Three Musketeers D'Artagnan's Father
2012 Coven Mr Sheers
Wild Bill Mysterious Barry Also Writer/Director
2013 Death in Paradise Cabin Barman TV Series
1 episode
2014 Rev. Mike Tobin Episode: 3.3
2014 Respectable - The Mary Millington Story Narrator

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Dexter Fletcher". BBC Drama. Retrieved 2 December 2007. 
  2. ^ "Dexter Fletcher answers your questions" (reprint on unofficial fansite). The Times (UK). 13 July 2004. Retrieved 22 December 2006. 
  3. ^ Dexter Fletcher (I)
  4. ^ "Walking Off Air", Boon, aired 2 October 1989 Series 4, Episode 1
  5. ^ More cast, new poster for vampire film DEAD CERT
  6. ^ Mackie on IMDb
  7. ^ Mackie on IMDb
  8. ^ http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/paul-brannigan-receives-scottish-bafta-nomination/
  9. ^ GamesMasterLive.co.uk – Games Master
  10. ^ Steven Moffat & Julia Sawalha, Press Gang: Season 2 DVD audio commentary
  11. ^ Wise, Jon (18 February 2007). "BOOZE, DRUGS AND WOMEN FRENZY LEFT ME BROKE AND HOMELESS. NOW I'M LIVING IT UP AT THE HOTEL BABYLON". The People. Retrieved 21 February 2007. 
  12. ^ Marriages England and Wales 1984–2005
  13. ^ Graham Fletcher-Cook at the Internet Movie Database
  14. ^ Steve Fletcher at the Internet Movie Database

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