Dexter Fletcher 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.
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. 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.
He also appeared in the Boon episode Walking Off Air, playing Eddie Cotton. 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.
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.
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