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It’s a difficult but very rewarding art form

Comedian, actor and writer Felix Dexter was born in St Kitts and moved with his parents to London when he was seven years old.

Although he qualified as a barrister, his gift for comedy lured him from a legal career towards comedy and he became a stand-up, touring live venues across London and the wider UK, before securing an in-house spot at the famous Comedy Store in London.

He soon went on to appear on many sketch shows, including as Bellamy's People and The Fast Show. His ability to slip into a range of characterisations and accents made him perfect for the stage as well. He appeared with Christian Slater in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and also with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

But it is his sharp-witted comedy that most will remember him for. He was Time Out's Comedian of the Year in 1993. He co-starred in groundbeaking comedy programme The Real McCoy, and guest starred in many other shows.

Aged just 52 when he died of bone marrow cancer, his legacy remains. The BBC runs a bursary helping young black, Asian, or other minority ethnic writers into creating comedy. It is named the Felix Dexter Bursary in his honour.