Dexter Fletcher

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Dexter Fletcher
Dexter Fletcher.jpg
Fletcher in 2009.
Born (1966-01-31) 31 January 1966 (age 52)
Enfield, London, England
Occupation Actor, writer, director
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s)

Dexter Fletcher (born 31 January 1966) is an English actor and director. He appeared in Guy Ritchie's film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, crime comedy Smoking Guns 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 short-lived stint at presenting the third series of Channel 4's GamesMaster that aired between 1993 and 1994. Fletcher made his directorial debut with Wild Bill (2011), and also directed Sunshine On Leith (2013) and Eddie the Eagle (2016). Fletcher replaced Bryan Singer as director of Bohemian Rhapsody, a film about the band Queen, due for release in October 2018; due to DGA rules, he will be uncredited.

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 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.[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'. In 2015 Fletcher played the role of 'Scooter' in episode 5 of the 8-part BBC TV drama The Interceptor. He also took the lead role as history teacher Mr Sheers in supernatural British teen film Coven. In 2016 Fletcher played the role of 'Paul' in the cult British crime comedy, Smoking Guns.

Directing[edit]

Fletcher's debut as a director, Wild Bill, was released on March 20, 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.[6] In 2016, he directed the feature film Eddie the Eagle. On December 6, 2017, Fletcher was announced as Bryan Singer's replacement in the upcoming Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, to be released on November 2, 2018.[7]

Presenting[edit]

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'[citation needed]. He claimed the most difficult part was 'just getting up, taking a deep breath, and going out there and doing it'.[8] 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. The show's creator Jane Hewland later said in a retrospective interview, that she sees the third series as a "lost" one, due to admitting to a series of poor decisions and mistakes, including hiring Fletcher as main presenter. His name was however included on a rolling list of acknowledgements, which replaced the usual end credits when the final episode was broadcast, but has not taken on any other presenting role before or since.

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 1993, he was the voice of Prince Cinders in the short animated comedy of the same name. Also in 1993, he was the uncredited UNIT soldier narrator of the UNIT Recruiting Film - a five-minute spoof piece that preceded a BBC1 repeat of the sixth and final episode of Doctor Who story Planet of the Daleks.[9]

In 1998, Fletcher featured on the song "Here Comes the Flood" from the album Fin de Siecle by The Divine Comedy. In 2014 he narrated the BBC1 show Del Boys and Dealers.

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. In 1997 he married Lithuanian film and theatre director Dalia Ibelhauptaitė in Westminster.[12] 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]

As actor[edit]

Films
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 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
1998 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Soap
1999 Topsy-Turvy Louis
Tube Tales Joe Segment: Mr Cool
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
2010 Kick-Ass Cody
Amaya Frenchman
Dead Cert Eddie Christian
2011 Jack Falls Detective Edwards
Fedz Hunter
The Three Musketeers D'Artagnan's father
Wild Bill Mysterious Barry Also writer/director
2012 Coven Mr Sheers
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Cameo; deleted scenes
Respectable: The Mary Millington Story Narrator
2018 Terminal Vince
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Press Gang James (Spike) Thomson TV series
The Bill Tony Gillespie Episode: "The Strong Survive"
1997 Famous Five Lou (one off) TV series
2001 Band of Brothers John Martin TV series
2004 The Virgin Queen Thomas Radclyffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex TV series
2006–2009 Hotel Babylon Tony Casemore 32 episodes
2009 Misfits Mike Young TV series
2011 White Van Man Ian TV series
2013 Death in Paradise Grant, The Cabin Barman TV series
2014 Rev. Mike Tobin Episode: 3.3
Mount Pleasant Gus

As director[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer
2011 Wild Bill Yes Yes Also actor
2013 Sunshine on Leith Yes
2016 Eddie the Eagle Yes
2018 Bohemian Rhapsody Yes Post-production; On December 6, 2017, Fletcher was announced as Bryan Singer's replacement.
2019 Rocketman Yes Filming

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 Archived 12 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/paul-brannigan-receives-scottish-bafta-nomination/
  7. ^ Dexter Fletcher Replaces Bryan Singer On ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Deadline. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  8. ^ GamesMasterLive.co.uk – Games Master
  9. ^ "UNIT Recruiting Film". Doctor Who Guide. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  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 on IMDb
  14. ^ Steve Fletcher on IMDb

Bibliography[edit]

  • Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 358-360.

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