Russell Lewis

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Russell Lewis (born 1963) is an English television writer and former actor.


Lewis began his career as a child actor, first appearing in the 1969 film adaptation of The Looking Glass War. In 1972 Russell played Winston Churchill, age 7, in the movie Young Winston. He also starred as George Gathercole in The Kids from 47A. He appeared in an episode of London's Burning in 1989.

By the mid-1980s, Lewis had begun to write for television series; some of his episodic writing credits include shows for Kavanagh QC and The Bill. Lewis has co-written three of the Sharpe films, Sharpe's Battle, Sharpe's Challenge[1] and 2008's Sharpe's Peril. He also penned several episodes of Cadfael and an episode of Hornblower.

In 2009, Russell adapted Agatha Christie's novel The Pale Horse for the fifth series of ITV's Agatha Christie's Marple starring Julia McKenzie, which first aired in 2010.[2]

He devised and wrote the Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour which was first broadcast on 2 January 2012. He wrote the pilot film and all 8 of the subsequent two-hour instalments so far.


In 1993 Lewis won the Writers' Guild of Great Britain TV - Original Drama Series Award for Between the Lines. The award was shared with the other writers of the show at the time, J.C. Wilsher, Rob Heyland, Steve Trafford and Michael Russell.


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