Mark Dexter

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Mark Dexter
Born Mark Lee Dexter
(1973-04-21) 21 April 1973 (age 42)
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, UK
Nationality British
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–present

Mark Lee Dexter (born 21 April 1973 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire) is an English actor who trained at RADA.

Dexter's early successes were on stage, in particular with two high-profile productions of Tennessee Williams plays, beginning with Sam Mendes' 1995 Olivier Award winning production [1] of The Glass Menagerie at the Donmar Warehouse in which he played Jim O'Connor. This was soon followed by Trevor Nunn's Tony Award winning production [2] of Williams' never-before-seen Not About Nightingales, which transferred from London's National Theatre to the Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway in 1999.

Since then, Dexter has moved primarily into film and television.[3] Among an extensive list of British TV credits, he is probably best known in his home country for playing British Prime Minister David Cameron in the Channel 4 political drama Coalition, and for his role of Timothy Gray in the 1950s set ITV crime drama The Bletchley Circle opposite screen wife Anna Maxwell Martin

Between October 2008 and January 2009, Dexter made regular appearances on NBC in America, playing the role of Samuel Tuffley in eight episodes of Crusoe, a major 12-part mini-series.[4]

More recently, in the summer of 2009, Mark returned to the National Theatre in London, playing Robin Conway in Rupert Goold's production of J.B. Priestley's Time and the Conways,[5] he followed this by appearing alongside Kevin Spacey in the role of cynical journalist E.K. Hornbeck,[6] a thinly disguised portrayal of H.L. Mencken, in Trevor Nunn's revival of Inherit the Wind, at the Old Vic.[7]

During the first half of 2010, Mark appeared in the recurring role of businessman Paul Stokes in Coronation Street. He played Count Skriczevinsky in Trevor Nunn's production of Flare Path at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket in 2011.[8] He played a lead role in the 2011 released feature Blooded by Ed Boase.

In 2012, Dexter appeared in episode "Trojan" of the Dave series Red Dwarf as Arnold Rimmer's brother Howard.[9]

In December 2012 in the UK (or Jan 2013 in the USA via BBC America), Dexter appeared as the principal villain, Sir Arthur Donaldson, in the opening episode of BBC's Victorian crime drama Ripper Street.

On 3 March 2013 Dexter portrayed the celebrated polar explorer Ernest Shackleton in episode 9 of the ITV series Mr Selfridge, and later that year he appeared as CIA Agent 'Marlow' in 24: Live Another Day, which was broadcast in the US and UK in spring 2014.

In October 2014 it was announced that Dexter would portray British Prime Minister David Cameron in political drama Coalition, a film for Channel 4 set to be broadcast in the run up to the UK general election in 2015.[10] It was broadcast on March 28, 2015.

In April 2015, he will play David Cameron once again in a new production of Peter Morgan's play The Audience, alongside Kristin Scott Thomas as Queen Elizabeth II, to be directed by Stephen Daldry. In this production at The Apollo Shaftesbury Avenue, Dexter will also play former Prime Minister Tony Blair. [11]


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