Russell Lewis

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

Russell Lewis
Russell Lewis

(1963-09-11) 11 September 1963 (age 58)
OccupationScreenwriter and former child actor
Years active1967–present


Lewis was born in London and began his career as a child actor, first appearing in the films The Looking Glass War (1970) and Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971). He played the 7-year-old Winston Churchill in Young Winston (1972), and featured in the 1973 horror films Tales That Witness Madness (as a boy who befriends an invisible tiger) and Voices. 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; his writing credits include episodes of 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 32 of the subsequent one-hour-thirty instalments so far, ranging from Series 1 in 2013 to Series 8 in 2021. Series 9 is expected to air later in 2022 as the final series after 10 years on air.

In 2021, Lewis recorded an Audio Commentary for the first episode of The Bill that he wrote, entitled "Forget-Me-Not", alongside actress Lynne Miller (WPC Cathy Marshall), released on The Bill Podcast Patreon Channel.

Lewis wrote Grace, which is based on the bestselling books by author Peter James.[3] The first series was one standalone episode,[4] with the second series premiering on 24 April 2022.[5]


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.


Year Title Role Notes
1970 The Looking Glass War Avery's Child
1971 Sunday Bloody Sunday Hodson Child
1972 Young Winston Winston (aged 7)
1973 The Love Ban
1973 Tales That Witness Madness Paul (segment "Mr. Tiger")
1974 Voices John
1976 The Blue Bird Children of the Future


  1. ^ "Sharpe's Challenge writer: Russell Lewis". Sharpe Film. Retrieved 2008-05-07.
  2. ^ "Julia McKenzie back as Marple in The Pale Horse," Press Release by ITV, 22 February 2010 Archived 25 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Gamester-Newton, Becky (14 March 2021). "How we made it: Grace screenwriter Russell Lewis on filming during Covid and brilliant Brighton - exclusive interview". BT. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  4. ^ Cumming, Ed (14 March 2021). "Grace review: A cut above the average detective drama". The Independent. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  5. ^ Carr, Flora (22 April 2022). "Grace season 2 release date: Cast, trailer and news for John Simm drama". Radio Times. Retrieved 24 April 2022.

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