Russell Lewis

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

Russell Lewis
Russell Lewis

(1963-09-11) 11 September 1963 (age 57)
OccupationScreenwriter and former child actor
Years active1967–present


Lewis 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 29 of the subsequent one-hour-thirty 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.


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

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