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James Edward Fleet (born January 1, 1954) is a Britishmarker actor. He is most famous for his roles as the bumbling and well-meaning Tom in the 1994 Britishmarker romantic comedy film Four Weddings and a Funeral, and the dim-witted Hugo Horton in the BBC situation comedy television series The Vicar of Dibley.

Personal life

Fleet was born in Bilstonmarker, Staffordshire to a Scottish mothermarker and an Englishmarker father. He lived in Wolverhamptonmarker until he was ten, but when his father died, he moved to Aberdeenshiremarker with his mother. He studied engineering at university in Aberdeen, where he joined the university dramatic society. Afterwards, he studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgowmarker. He lives in Sibford Gowermarker, Oxfordshire with his wife, Jane, and their one son, Hamish. He is a keen biker.

Career

Stage

Fleet began his career in the RSC, appearing in several plays in the early 1980s. He has since appeared in touring productions of, among others, Habeas Corpus and In the Club, as well as in Festen and Mary Stuart and others in the West Endmarker.He also played Alderman Fitzwarren in Dick Whittington in 2002.In 2009 he potrayed Sir Andrew Augecheek in the RSC Production of twelve night.

Radio

Between 2000 and 2006, Fleet played the painfully upright and decent Captain Brimshaw in Revolting People, a BBC Radio 4 comedy set in pre-revolutionary America. He also appeared in the radio legal sitcom Chambers, which later moved onto television. As of 2005, he has starred as Duncan Stonebridge MP in the topical radio sitcom The Party Line. .

Television

Probably his most famous role is that of Hugo in The Vicar of Dibley ; he appeared in all 24 episodes, broadcast between 1994 and 2007. In 2007 he was a guest star in one episode of the sitcom Legit. He has appeared as Frederick Dorrit in the BBC's new production of Little Dorrit.When Fleet appeared on the quiz show School's Out, it was revealed that one of his teachers at Banff Academy had written in his school report that "[James] is the stupidest boy I have ever had to teach, out of all the stupid boys I have ever had to teach", and that he was the only student in his sixth form not to have been made a prefect. Despite his apparent lack of scholastic ability, he still won the show. Recently in 2009, Fleet appeared in a cameo role in the third series of Skins.

Film

Fleet has starred in numerous films. He played the role of Lefevre in the 2004 film adaptation of Phantom of the Opera, John Dashwood in 1995's Sense and Sensibility and that of Lytton Strachey in the 2003 film Al Sur de Granada (South from Granada).

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