Russell Lewis

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Russell Lewis
Born Russell Lewis
(1963-09-11) 11 September 1963 (age 53)
London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Screenwriter and former child actor
Years active 1967–present

Russell Lewis (born 11 September 1963 in London) is an English television writer and former actor.


Lewis began his career as a child actor, first appearing in the films The Looking Glass War (1969) and Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971). In 1972 he played Winston Churchill, age 7, in the movie Young Winston, and starred in the 1973 horror films Voices and Tales That Witness Madness as a boy who befriends an invisible tiger. He also starred as George Gathercole in The Kids from 47A. He appeared as the young Lucius in I, Claudius (1976) and 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 Perfect Scoundrels, Taggart, The Bill, Wycliffe, Inspector Morse, Kavanagh QC, The Ambassador, Monsignor Renard, Playing the Field, Without Motive, The Last Detective, Murphy's Law, Spooks and Lewis. 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 12 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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