|Born||26 July 1961|
|Died||18 October 2013 (aged 52)|
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, writer|
|Known for||The Real McCoy|
Dexter was born in Saint Kitts, in the Caribbean, and moved to Surrey with his family at the age of seven. He studied Law at University College London and began training as a barrister, before embarking on a career in comedy. He began by touring late night comedy venues, including Jongleurs club in London and The Comedy Store, before being hired to work with an all-black 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.
He 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
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. 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.
In 2014 Dexter was posthumously given Screen Nation's Edric Connor Inspiration award.
15 Storeys High is a British sitcom, set in a tower block. The main characters are Vince Clark, a depressed, sardonic recluse played by Sean Lock, and Errol Spears, Vince's optimistic whipping boy, played by Benedict Wong.Bellamy's People
Bellamy's People, also known as Bellamy's People of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is a British comedy show first broadcast on BBC Two as an eight episode series. The show is a spin-off from the BBC Radio 4 show Down the Line. The show stars Rhys Thomas as the eponymous Gary Bellamy and features Charlie Higson, Paul Whitehouse, Simon Day, Felix Dexter, Amelia Bullmore, Lucy Montgomery, Adil Ray and Robert Popper as a host of characters.Blouse and Skirt
Blouse and Skirt was a short-lived BBC Television comedy show (it ran for eight episodes in 2000) that had a Question Time-style format but from a Black British perspective: regulars Curtis Walker and Gina Yashere were joined by guests to take a satirical look at topical subjects, prompted by questions from the audience. Those appearing on Blouse and Skirt included Felix Dexter, Angie Le Mar, Roy Diamond, Jocelyn Jee Esien, Rudi Lickwood, Slim, Helen Da Silva, Charlie Hale, Many Newton, Junior Simpson and Leo Muhammed.Crapston Villas
Crapston Villas was a British animated television series, in which the characters were made from plasticine and filmed with stop motion clay animation. It was a comedy satire on inner-city London life, directed at a mature audience. It featured a set of characters, living in a grim apartment building in the fictional postcode of SE69, who were plagued by various dilemmas. Foul language, sex and violence are present.Down the Line (radio series)
Down the Line is a British radio comedy broadcast on BBC Radio 4, which satirises popular radio phone-in shows. The show, hosted by "Gary Bellamy" (Rhys Thomas), is semi-improvised and is written and performed in a style of heightened realism.
Down the Line was first broadcast in May 2006. The pre-show publicity did not indicate that the show was a pre-recorded comedy, describing it as a live phone-in featuring "award winning" DJ Gary Bellamy, and led to many complaints from listeners who apparently failed to spot it was a spoof, generating considerable publicity for the programme. It was subsequently revealed that the show is written and performed by several familiar figures in British comedy, including Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson.
Regular 'callers' include:
Christopher Nibbs from Pevensey Bay; a jokey character who refers to himself as 'Nibbsy' or 'The Nibbster'. Bellamy finds him amusing.
Khalid, who only repeats topics of the show followed by the phrase 'what is point?' and responds to any subsequent remarks by Gary with the same question. Bellamy's attitude changes towards him as the series progresses.
The Pearly King, a cheery cockney who talks about the 'pearly way'.
Humphrey Milner, an elderly gentleman who uses endless examples to illustrate his point.
Graham Downs, a morbidly obese man who has a sinus problem and is an archetypal loser. Often says he would "really like to get married".
Chuck Perry, who laughs continuously and maniacally at his own feeble jokes.
The military man, who responds to every topic stating that he is from a military background and that he would drive a van packed with explosives into the "issue" be it education or global warming.
Early D begins his calls speaking with a very 'street' sounding "Jafaican" accent which gradually morphs into full-blown, barely decipherable Jamaican dialect. Bellamy never seems to notice.Recording for the third series commenced on Monday 12 November 2007 and transmission began on 10 January 2008.
A television spinoff on BBC Two was announced on 2 April 2009. in which Gary Bellamy goes to the streets of the UK to meet 'real' people and get their opinions on a wide range of topics. The series is entitled Bellamy's People and was inspired by "all the television series of ‘famous people exploring Britain' that have been made over the last few years". The series features improvisation by the cast.Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy
EMMA (Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy) is an organization that raises awareness of discrimination through media campaigns, social networking, and the EMMA Awards 1998-2004.The EMMA Awards promote diversity within the media industry by publicly recognizing the levels of excellence achieved by the multicultural community, and the qualities that each ethnic group brings to the professional and commercial success of the United Kingdom.Lord Richard Attenborough received the 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. In the previous year EMMA honored Nelson Mandela.The UK EMMAs were screened on the Internet in May each year and accompanied by an online voting system.Hackney Empire
The Hackney Empire is a theatre on Mare Street, in the London Borough of Hackney, built in 1901 as a music hall.Head on Comedy
Head on Comedy was a comedy debate show hosted by Jo Brand in which two teams of three, captained by Bill Bailey and Ed Byrne, would debate trivial topics such as 'This house wants to be a man'. It ran for one series, consisting of six episodes.John Simmit
John Simmit (born 20 July 1963) is a British actor and comedian, best known for playing Dipsy in BBC TV's global hit Teletubbies. His many other TV credits include The Real McCoy, The Gadget Show and The Big Fat Quiz of the '90s, whilst live he has performed internationally from Bahrain to Budapest.
As a producer through Upfront Comedy he has put comedy shows into UK theatres nationwide for 25 years, including two major shows in London's west End, in New York & North Carolina. Previewing Upfront's 10th anniversary show, The Guardian noted, "[T]his anniversary show is yet another excellent standup bill from the most enterprising black comedy promoters in the country. Upfront's first Croydon gig featured Felix Dexter (the first black comic to become a regular performer at Jongleurs and the Comedy Store), plus lapsed Pentecostal choir boy Junior Simpson and Nigerian cockney Gina Yashere. Also on that first bill was the brains behind Upfront, John Simmit […] Thanks to pioneering outfits like Upfront, Britain's black comics are getting some of the mainstream exposure that their talents deserve - and now a growing number of African-American standups are coming here to gig alongside them".Judith Jacob
Judith Jacob (born 13 December 1961) is a British actress best known for her role as the health visitor Carmel Roberts in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, a role she played from 1986 to 1989. During her period in Albert Square, her character suffered from severe marital abuse and her husband's attempted murder and eventual separation.July 26
July 26 is the 207th day of the year (208th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 158 days remaining until the end of the year.Let's Sing and Dance
Let's Sing and Dance, formerly known as Let's Dance, is a British television programme shown on BBC One, featuring celebrities performing famous dance routines to raise money for the charities Comic Relief and Sport Relief. The programme was presented by Steve Jones and Alex Jones, who replaced previous host Claudia Winkleman in 2011. In the first series, Anton du Beke was a regular judge, appearing alongside two guest panellists, but in the second series onwards, three guest judges were on the panel each week.
The first series aired between 21 February and 14 March 2009 and was won by Robert Webb. It raised over £300,000 for Comic Relief. The second series, in aid of Sport Relief, aired from 20 February 2010 until 14 March and was won by Rufus Hound. The third series aired between 19 February 2011 and 12 March in aid of Comic Relief, and was won by James Thornton and Charlie Baker. A fourth series aired from 18 February until 17 March 2012 in aid of Sport Relief, and was won by Rowland Rivron. The fifth ran from 16 February 2013 until 9 March 2013, and was won by Antony Cotton. The series' finale was the last Saturday night show to be broadcast live from BBC Television Centre.
On 6 October 2016, the BBC announced that the show would return for Red Nose Day 2017 as Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief. On 28 October 2016, it was announced that Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins would host the show.Only Fools on Horses
Only Fools on Horses was a BBC reality television programme produced by Endemol UK. The show's name was a play on that of the sitcom Only Fools and Horses, and first aired on 7 July 2006. It featured twelve celebrities who performed equestrian events, with one celebrity being eliminated every day until only one was left. Proceeds went towards Sport Relief. It was presented by Angus Deayton and Kirsty Gallacher.
After the final, it was announced that the event had raised over £250,000 for Sport Relief. The final, a jump off between Jenni and Nicki, was won by Jenni Falconer.Saint Kitts
Saint Kitts, also known more formally as Saint Christopher Island, is an island in the West Indies. The west side of the island borders the Caribbean Sea, and the eastern coast faces the Atlantic Ocean. Saint Kitts and the neighbouring island of Nevis constitute one country: the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Saint Kitts and Nevis are separated by a shallow 3-kilometre (2 mi) channel known as "The Narrows".
Saint Kitts became home to the first Caribbean British and French colonies in the mid-1620s. Along with the island nation of Nevis, Saint Kitts was a member of the British West Indies until gaining independence on September 19, 1983.The island is one of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. It is situated about 2,100 km (1,300 mi) southeast of Miami, Florida. The land area of St. Kitts is about 168 km2 (65 sq mi), being approximately 29 km (18 mi) long and on average about 8 km (5.0 mi) across.
Saint Kitts has a population of around 40,000, the majority of whom are of African descent. The primary language is English, with a literacy rate of approximately 98%. Residents call themselves Kittitians.
Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest fortress ever built in the Eastern Caribbean. The island of Saint Kitts is home to the Warner Park Cricket Stadium, which was used to host 2007 Cricket World Cup matches. This made St. Kitts and Nevis the smallest nation to ever host a World Cup event. Saint Kitts is also home to several institutions of higher education, including Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Windsor University School of Medicine, and the University of Medicine and Health Sciences.Stephen Carlin
Stephen Carlin is a Scottish-born stand-up comedian and writer, now living in London. He was named by Stewart Lee as one of the 'Ten Best Comedians In The World Ever'. He has appeared on television and radio including ITV2's Comedy Cuts and The Milk Run on BBC Radio 1. He is represented by Glorious Management.He supported Stewart Lee on his “90s Comedian” tour and Tom Stade on his “Totally Rocks” tour. He has also supported Stephen Merchant and Felix Dexter on their national tours.
He appeared in Season 1 and 2 of Comedy Central’s The Alternative Comedy Experience.
Carlin has written for many radio shows including The News Quiz, The Now Show, Look Away Now, Recorded for Training Purposes, and Laura Solon Talking and Not Talking.
He was the holder of the BBC Radio writers bursary 2008-2009.
He was runner up in the BBC’s new writing competition “Witty and Twisted” in 2006.He subsequently wrote and performed a series of mockumentaries for BBC 4 Extra “Gus Murdoch’s Sacred Cows”.Carlin co-created BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Headset Set’ along with fellow writer James Kettle.The Airport (radio show)
The Airport was a short-lived radio show that aired from January 1995-February 1996. There were eight half-hour episodes that were broadcast on BBC Radio 4. It starred Roger Griffiths, Llewella Gideon, Felix Dexter, and Jo Martin. It was produced by Gareth EdwardsThe Real McCoy (TV series)
The Real McCoy was a BBC Television comedy show that ran from 1991 to 1996, featuring an array of black and Asian comedy stars performing material with various comedy sketches and musical guests such as the musical group Soul II Soul.UK comedy stars that featured in the series included: the comedy acts Robbie Gee, Curtis and Ishmael, Judith Jacob, Collette Johnson, Llewella Gideon, Meera Syal, Perry Benson, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Leo Chester, Kulvinder Ghir, Rudi Lickwood, Eddie Nestor, Marcus Powell, Junior Simpson and Curtis Walker and Felix Dexter.
The producer of the first two series, Charlie Hanson, was the co-founder of the Black Theatre Co-operative and had produced No Problem! and Desmond's before creating The Real McCoy. He was working with Curtis and Ishmael on the 291 Club at the Hackney Empire and suggested making a television version, but instead, the BBC opted for a totally new sketch series, launching The Real McCoy.In spite of its popularity it has yet to be released on DVD.Time Out Comedy Awards
The Time Out Comedy Awards were bestowed upon the comedy community by the London listings magazine Time Out. They ran from 1991 to 2006, and include many well-known comedians as past winners: Eddie Izzard, Noel Fielding and Jimmy Carr. It is not known why they have been defunct since 2006.Tinga Tinga Tales
Tinga Tinga Tales is a British–Kenyan children's television series, based on African folk tales and aimed at 4 to 6-year-olds. It was commissioned by the BBC for its CBeebies channel, and by Disney Channel for its Disney Junior block. Named after Tingatinga art from Tanzania, Tinga Tinga Tales was produced in Nairobi, Kenya by Homeboyz Animation, a studio of approximately 50 people. The music is produced by Kenyan singer-songwriter Eric Wainaina. The series comprises 52 episodes.
The series was first conceived by Claudia Lloyd, head of animation at the London-based Tiger Aspect Productions, while travelling through Africa. The first three episodes premiered on the BBC website in early February 2010. The distribution rights have been bought by Entertainment Rights (which in 2009 merged with Classic Media, then in 2012 it was acquired by DreamWorks Animation and renamed into DreamWorks Classics, and ultimately became the property of Universal Television in 2016).When the show is seen on Disney Junior in the United States, it is close captioned by the National Captioning Institute like many of the shows that air on Disney Junior (except Rolie Polie Olie that is close captioned by the Caption Center).