This article is about the original character. For other uses of the name or character, see Dirk Gently (disambiguation).

Dirk Gently is a character in Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently books, starting with the novel Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

For the character in adaptations, see:


Early lifeEdit

Dirk claimed the maternal side of his family had lived "at the smarter end of Transylvania". Later in life he used this as part of the myths he spun around himself by loudly and repeatedly denying various rumors that supposedly existed about him.[1]

Dirk's original or at least earliest known name was Svlad Cjelli. By the time he was a university student he also was using the given name Dirk.[1]

University studentEdit

In the 1970s, he was a student at St. Cedd's College, Cambridge.

His room-mate was Steve Mander. He knew Richard MacDuff.


After universityEdit

In the years after university, Dirk went through regular name changes. During this time he occasionally ran across Richard MacDuff. At some point he took on the name Dirk Gently.[1]

Dirk became a private detective, specifically a holistic detective claiming to use holistic detection based on the principle of the interconnectedness of all things. He founded Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. His office was in Islington in London at the address: 33a Peckender St., London N1 01-354 9112.[1]

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective AgencyEdit


The Long Dark Tea-Time of the SoulEdit


The Salmon of DoubtEdit


In adaptationsEdit

In the television series Dirk Gently, Dirk Gently is portrayed by actor Stephen Mangan. See article Dirk Gently (BBC TV).

In the television series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Dirk Gently is portrayed by actor Samuel Barnett. See article Dirk Gently (BBCA).

Behind the scenesEdit





  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
  2. The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
  3. The Salmon of Doubt