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Other names  Lex Steele, Hudson
Ethnicity  Haitian

Height  6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Name  Lexington Steele
Lexington Steele looking at something while wearing a black coat and black t-shirt

Full Name  Clifton Todd Britt, Jr.
Born  November 28, 1969 (age 53) (1969-11-28) New Jersey, U.S.
No. of adult films  1019 as a performer136 as a director(per IAFD)
Similar  Byron Long, Jack Napier (actor), Rob Piper

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Clifton Todd Britt (born November 28, 1969), better known as Lexington Steele, is an American pornographic actor, director and owner of Mercenary Motion Pictures and Black Viking Pictures Inc.


Lexington Steele smiling while wearing a beige coat and brown long sleeves

Steele is the first actor to have won the AVN Male Performer of the Year Award three times.

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Early life

Clifton Todd Britt was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. After attending Morristown High School, he attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia for two years, but he graduated from Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences with a double degree in History and African-American studies in 1993.


After graduating from Syracuse, Steele became a stock broker trainee at the brokerage firm of M S Farrell in 1993 and once he earned his Series 7 trading license he moved to Oppenheimer Financial in the World Trade Center. He has stated that he would have been in the buildings and been a victim of the September 11, 2001 attacks had he kept his old job as a stockbroker.

In a 2015 interview in AVN magazine, Steele commented about his transition into the adult industry, "Once I was licensed, it opened the door to a whole new recreational side of the industry. The guy who trained me invited me to a party in a hotel suite, and it ended up being a sex party like the ones in [the film] Wolf of Wall Street. It wasn't long before a bigger director from Los Angeles gave me a job and suggested I attend the annual porn industry convention in Las Vegas" and with regard to his decision to switch careers and industries and in consideration for how lucrative securities trading can be, Steele stated, "I tell them it's not like I was already a master of the universe. I was working 12 to 14 hours six days a week. I made six figures, but my quality of life wasn't commensurate".

Steele has said that his stage name came about back during the days when he worked as a stockbroker when he took the subway to visit a client (at that time, he had already decided to move in the adult film industry and use the last name Steele), who was located in Midtown Manhattan and, Steele said, "I got off the subway at Madison [Avenue], [...] on the corner of Madison and Lexington Avenues" [sic], where he was struck by the sound of Lexington as a first name. In April 2000, he started appearing in adult movies in New York City. He got his earliest exposure appearing in the interracial amateur productions of Lynn Carroll, an over 40 Milf and frequent co-star with Steele. Steele moved to Los Angeles and joined the industry full-time in March 2001, initially shooting mainly for companies such as West Coast Productions and director Spunky, before appearing on videotapes produced by Anabolic and Diabolic. At the beginning of 2008, he joined Red Light District Video for a brief period.


Steele directs and performs exclusively for his own production company, Mercenary Motion Pictures (Headquarters in Encino, California), which he founded in 2008 and serves as chairman and CEO since 2009, with the company reporting annual net profits of $2.6 million in 2011. In 2013, he joined the Evil Angel roster of directors.

Mainstream appearances

Steele has worked as a model on the side and acted in minor TV roles. He appeared in two episodes of Showtime's Weeds in 2007 (3x07 "He taught me how to drive by" and 3x08 "The two Mrs. Scottsons") playing himself at a movie shoot filming a scene with Jessica Jaymes and Kirsten Price. He appeared in the 2009 feature film Crank: High Voltage and also appeared in an episode of the FX series Nip/Tuck (5x05 "Chaz Darling") as a male escort at a party.

Personal life

Steele was engaged to porn actress and director Vanessa Blue from 2004–2006 and the two have appeared together on Playboy TV (in his two-season show Lex in the City) and in several movies, before they ended their relationship in June 2006.

In 2008, Steele and Blue filed federal lawsuits against each other over the ownership of numerous videos that first appeared under the Mercenary Pictures label, which were settled in March 2009 after meeting with an alternative dispute resolution jurist.

As of February 2016, he was married to French-Canadian adult film actress Savana Styles.


During his time studying African-American studies, Steele developed an awareness of American politics and African-American rights, while in 2008 he expressed his support for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.


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