David Dixon

David Dixon (born 28 October 1947) is an English actor and screenwriter. He was born at the Nightingale Maternity Home in Derby, near his father's shop in London Road, and brought up there before the family moved to Normanton in 1959.

David Dixon
Born (1947-10-28) 28 October 1947 (age 73)
Derby, England
Years active1970–present

Dixon's most notable role was in the 1981 BBC TV series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, in which he starred as Ford Prefect.[1] He also received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Ariel in the 1980 BBC version of The Tempest (directed by John Gorrie).[2] He would later rejoin the Hitchhiker's Guide by lending his voice to the "Ecological Man" and the "Zirzla Leader" in Fit the Twentieth of the radio series, while Geoffrey McGivern, who had originally played the character on radio, returned to the role of Ford.[3]

Despite a relatively sparse TV and film career, David Dixon has over the years acquired a loyal fan following online who call themselves "Dixonites".[4][5]



  1. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The (1981)". www.screenonline.org.uk.
  2. ^ "The BBC Television Shakespeare: The Tempest". 27 February 1980. p. 55 – via BBC Genome.
  3. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Quandary Phase, Fit the Twentieth".
  4. ^ "David Dixon". BFI.
  5. ^ "DAVID DIXON - The Dixionary - Unofficial fan page". www.rabid.oneuk.com.
  6. ^ "The Missionary (1982)". IMDb.

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