Fletcher in 2012
31 January 1966 |
Enfield, London, England
|Occupation||Actor, writer, director|
|Spouse(s)||Dalia Ibelhauptaitė (m. 1997)|
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 comedy-drama Hotel Babylon, the HBO series Band of Brothers and earlier in his career, the children's show Press Gang, and the film Bugsy Malone. He also had a lived stint at presenting the third series of Channel 4's GamesMaster that aired between 1993 and 1994.
Fletcher trained at the Anna Scher Theatre drama club. 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. 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".
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 for "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 cancelled in 2009. 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.
In 2009, he appeared in Misfits as Nathan Young's dad, reprising the role in 2010 for the second series.
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'.
Fletcher's debut as a director, Wild Bill, was released on 20 March 2012. His second film as director is a musical film by Stephen Greenhorn, Sunshine on Leith based around the popular Proclaimers songs which was released on 4 October 2013. In 2016, he directed the feature film Eddie the Eagle.
Fletcher presented the third series of Channel 4 show GamesMaster in 1993. 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'. He claimed the most difficult part was 'just getting up, taking a deep breath, and going out there and doing it'. 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. The series finished in 1994 and Dominik Diamond returned for the last four series until the show ended in February 1998.
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 2014 he narrated the BBC1 show Del Boys and Dealers.
In 1997 he married Lithuanian film and theatre director Dalia Ibelhauptaitė in Westminster. His best man was fellow actor Alan Rickman. Dexter's brothers are also actors; Graham Fletcher-Cook and Steve Fletcher.
|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|
|1988||The Raggedy Rawney||Tom|
|1989||Press Gang||James (Spike) Thomson||TV series|
|The Rachel Papers||Charles Highway|
|The Bill (Series 5, ep 44: The Strong Survive)||Tony Gillespie||TV series|
|1990||Twisted Obsession||Malcolm Greene|
|1993||Prince Cinders||Prince Cinders|
|1997||The Man Who Knew Too Little||Otto|
|Famous Five||Lou (one off)||TV series|
|1998||Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels||Soap|
|Tube Tales||Joe||Segment: Mr Cool|
|2001||Band of Brothers||John Martin||TV series
|The Deal||Charlie Whelan||TV film|
|2004||The Secret of Year Six||Mike|
|2005||Doom||Marcus "Pinky" Pinzerowski|
|2006||Tristan & Isolde||Orick|
|2006–2009||Hotel Babylon||Tony Casemore||TV series
|2009||Misfits||Mike Young||TV series|
|Dead Cert||Eddie Christian|
|2011||Jack Falls||Detective Edwards|
|White Van Man||Ian||TV series|
|The Three Musketeers||D'Artagnan's father|
|Wild Bill||Mysterious Barry||Also writer/director|
|2013||Death in Paradise||Grant, The Cabin Barman||TV series
|Sunshine on Leith||Director|
|2014||Muppets Most Wanted||Cameo; deleted scenes|
|Rev.||Mike Tobin||Episode: 3.3|
|Respectable: The Mary Millington Story||Narrator|
|Mount Pleasant (TV series)||Gus|
|2016||Eddie the Eagle||Director|
- "Dexter Fletcher". BBC Drama. Retrieved 2 December 2007.
- "Dexter Fletcher answers your questions" (reprint on unofficial fansite). The Times. UK. 13 July 2004. Retrieved 22 December 2006.
- Dexter Fletcher (I)
- "Walking Off Air", Boon, aired 2 October 1989 Series 4, Episode 1
- More cast, new poster for vampire film DEAD CERT
- GamesMasterLive.co.uk – Games Master
- Steven Moffat & Julia Sawalha, Press Gang: Season 2 DVD audio commentary
- 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.
- Marriages England and Wales 1984–2005
- Graham Fletcher-Cook at the Internet Movie Database
- Steve Fletcher at the Internet Movie Database
- Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 358-360.
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