Felix Dexter

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Felix Dexter
Felix Dexter.jpg
Born (1961-07-26)26 July 1961[1]
Saint Kitts
Died 18 October 2013(2013-10-18) (aged 52)
Nationality British
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer
Known for The Real McCoy

Felix Dexter (26 July 1961[1] – 18 October 2013[2]) was a British actor, comedian, and writer.

Early life[edit]

Dexter was born in Saint Kitts, in the Caribbean, and moved to Surrey with his family at the age of seven.[3] He studied Law at University College London[4] and began training as a barrister, before embarking on a career in comedy.[1] He began by touring late night comedy venues, including Jongleurs club in London and The Comedy Store, before being hired to work with an all-black cast in the BBC TV sketch show The Real McCoy; which was initially based on a stage show Dexter performed at the Hackney Empire Theatre.


On BBC Radio 4 he featured the satirical spoof radio phone-in show Down the Line and starred in the dramatisation of Delete This At Your Peril part of The Bob Servant Emails, written by Neil Forsyth [5] He also played in the TV series, Citizen Khan, which first aired in 2012, as Omar, a Somalian Muslim who works at a mosque in Sparkhill, Birmingham. The second series of the show aired October 2013.


Dexter died on 18 October 2013. He had been suffering from multiple myeloma.[2]

On 17 November 2013, BBC Two television broadcast a 30-minute retrospective programme called Respect: A Felix Dexter Special, featuring tributes from friends and colleagues.[6]


In 2014 Dexter was posthumously given Screen Nation's Edric Connor Inspiration award.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Telegraph Obituary. Retrieved 22 October 2013
  2. ^ a b Hamilton, Davina (18 October 2013). "RIP Felix Dexter". The Voice. 
  3. ^ "BBC News - Felix Dexter, actor and comedian, dies". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  4. ^ The Times Obituary, 21 October 2013, p. 50.
  5. ^ BBC Radio 4, You and Yours, 17 December 2010, The Bob Servant Emails at 26 mins
  6. ^ "BBC Two - Respect: A Felix Dexter Special". BBC Two. BBC. 17 November 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Winners – 2014 Awards", Screen Nation.

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