Felix Dexter

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Felix Dexter
Felix Dexter.jpg
Born(1961-07-26)26 July 1961[1]
Died18 October 2013(2013-10-18) (aged 52)
OccupationActor, comedian, writer
Known forThe Real McCoy

Felix Dexter (26 July 1961[1] – 18 October 2013[2]) was a Saint Kitts-born 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 a black and asian 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.


After The Real McCoy, a pilot sketch show Felix Dexter On TV was broadcast in September 1995 as part of the Comic Asides series. He wrote and starred in the sitcom pilot Douglas broadcast in 1996. Neither pilot was picked up for series, despite positive reception.

He appeared on Have I Got News For You in 1996 and later became one of the regular performers on the later series of The Fast Show. He also appeared in Citizen Khan, which first aired in 2012, as Omar, a Somali Muslim who works at a mosque in Sparkhill, Birmingham. The second series of the show aired in October 2013. He also starred in Absolutely Fabulous as John, the father of Saffron's baby.


On BBC Radio 4 he featured in the satirical spoof radio phone-in show Down the Line, The Simon Day Show, and starred in the dramatisation of Delete This at Your Peril part of The Bob Servant Emails, written by Neil Forsyth[5]


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] His fellow cast members from BBC Radio 4's Down the Line broadcast a special edition titled A Tribute to Felix Dexter on 23 December 2013.[7]


In 2014 Dexter was posthumously given Screen Nation's Edric Connor Inspiration award.[8]


  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. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Down the Line, A Tribute to Felix Dexter". BBC Episode Guide. BBC. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  8. ^ "The Winners – 2014 Awards" Archived 29 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Screen Nation.

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