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IN THE FRAME - Dexter Fletcher.

Image: Quirky London lad.

Best Known For: Starring in classy comic thriller Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Early Life: Fetcher was born in north London on January 31, 1966.

As a child performer with both stage and screen credits, he made a notable impression as Babyface in Alan Parker's 1976 production of Bugsy Malone.

Career: Had bit parts in The Long Good Friday, The Elephant Man, The Bounty and Derek Jarman's Caravaggio. Landed his first leading role as a youth determined to lose his virginity in The Rachel Papers, and went on to star as a priest in Brit movie Jude. The actor is also famed for his portrayal of a cocky American youth in 1989 TV series Press Gang.

Enjoyed a short stint presenting GamesMaster for Channel 4 before Guy Ritchie's Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels made him a household name. Currently playing real-life war hero John Martin in Band of Brothers, the most expensive TV series ever made.

Love Life: Lived with Julia Sawalha for four years. Married theatre director Dalia, 34, five years ago.

Don't Mention: The taxman. A few years ago he owed pounds 80,000 and resorted to living in his car.

Quote: "We did 5km runs, orienteering, weapons training and calisthenics, " he remarked about the preparations for his latest acclaimed drama.

"It was pretty tough as I wasn't fit before I did it, but I enjoyed it. It was a unique experience."

Tonight: Band of Brothers, BBC2, 9pm.
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Date:Oct 13, 2001
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