Thursday, 24 September 2009

Corrie writer profile: Stephen Russell

Sources: The Writers Company,,

Stephen Russell was a member of the Coronation Street writing team for five years from October 2002 , writing 64 episodes. In 2007 his episodes were nominated for a BAFTA and won an RTS award.

In 2009 he returned to writing for Coronation Street and his first episode was screened on Wednesday September 23rd, 2009. The episode included the wonderful exchange between Luke Strong and Rosie Webster, when Rosie had mascara-streaked eyes. "It's Bela Lugosi!," said Luke, trying to make a joke of Rosie's appearance. "Is lugosi Italian for eyes, then?" the dozy mare replied.

Stephen Russell’s TV credits include six episodes of Shameless for series 4 and 5 and three episodes of Drop Dead Gorgeous for series 1 and 2. More TV writing credits include Big Train, Armstrong and Miller, Chatterhappy Ponies, Supergirly – the sitcom, Dream Team, The 11 O’Clock Show and for BBC Radio 4 The Noise Crusaders.

He also adapted Philip Pullman’s The Firework-Maker’s Daughter for the stage. It’s been performed at the Crucible in Sheffield, the Lyric Hammersmith and throughout Europe.

Stephen is currently developing original projects with several companies, including Company Pictures and BBC Comedy North.

If you can add to this profile or provide a recent picture of Stephen Russell, please do let me know.

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