Fondly remembered for roles in Press Gang and Bugsy Malone, Dexter’s more recent appearances include Band of Brothers, The Virgin Queen and Hotel Babylon.
What's he been in?
As a child Dexter went to the Anna Scher Theatre School and began working as an actor. After several roles in theatre, he landed the part of Babyface in the film of Bugsy Malone alongside Scott Baio and Jodie Foster. His work as a child actor went on to include films such as The Elephant Man*, The Long Good Friday and The Bounty.
In 1989, at the age of 23, he landed the role that was to really make him famous. He played American teenager Spike Thompson in cult series Press Gang. The show co-starred Julia Sawalha, and the two became an item in real-life for some years. In the same year he was also cast as teenager Charles Highway, in the film adaptation of the Martin Amis novel The Rachel Papers.
Press Gang ran until 1993 but in the mid-90s Dexter's career started to look a bit shakey. He was declared bankrupt in 1996 and spent some time having to live in his car. Luckily he landed a part in a play in London, and fell in love with the director, Dahlia Ibelhauptaite. The two got married the following year.
A short while later, Dexter's career started to turn around and in 1998 he played Soap in the smash-hit gangster movie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The film made a celebrity of director Guy Ritchie, who went on to marry Madonna, and also starred Jason Flemyng and Nick Moran*. The film was such a success it launched Dexter back into the big-time.
Dexter went on to work with director Mike Leigh in his film Topsy Turvy, starring Timothy Spall and Jim Broadbent, but much of his performance ended up on the cutting-room floor. But he was luckier when took a major role in the acclaimed Stephen Spielberg drama Band of Brothers. He starred alongside Damian Lewis and Tom Hanks and the series went on to win 6 Emmy awards and a Golden Globe amongst many other awards.
In The Deal, Dexter played Charlie Whelan, starring alongside Michael Sheen as Tony Blair and David Morrissey as Gordon Brown in a fact-based drama about their leadership deal. He also worked again with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels producer Matthew Vaughn, in gangster flick Layer Cake. The film starred James Bond actor Daniel Craig and Tom Hardy.
In 2006 Dexter was playing The Earl of Sussex in The Virgin Queen, alongside Anne-Marie Duff as Elizabeth I, Tom Hardy, Tara Fitzgerald and Joanne Whalley.
He was also seen in Hotel Babylon playing Tony the concierge. He stared with Tamzin Outhwaite and Max Beesley in this tale of what really goes on behind the scenes of a 5-star hotel.
Did you know?
When Dexter got married, his best man was Alan Rickman.
Dexter is married to Dalia Ibelhauptaite, a theatre and opera director.
He was born on 31st January 1966.
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