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Willy Russell

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British playwright who wrote works like Educating Rita and Our DAY TRIP. He was the champion of multiple Laurence Olivier Honours. He was a women’s hairdresser who went his very own salon. He received BAFTA and Oscar nominations for Greatest Modified Screenplay for both Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine. His parents proved helpful for book web publishers. He wedded Annie Russell. His initial novel, THE INCORRECT Boy, tells the storyplot of the 19-year-old guy who writes words to his hero, Morrissey.

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Full Name Willy Russell
Date Of Birth August 23, 1947
Place Of Birth Liverpool, England
Profession Playwright
Education Liverpool Hope University
Nationality British, English
Spouse Annie Russell
Awards Mastercard Best New Musical, Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy
Nominations Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Tony Award for Best Play, Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture, Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Broadway Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play
Movies Dancin' thru the Dark, Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita, A Time to Die, Our Day Out
TV Shows One Summer
Star Sign Virgo

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#Fact
1His popular musical Blood Brothers is yet to be adapted to film, though a script for the screenplay exists.
2Has twice been nominated for Broadway's Tony Award: in 1989 as author of Best Play nominee "Shirley Valentine;" and in 1993 as Best Book (Musical) for "Blood Brothers."
3In 1988 he won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy for his play Shirley Valentine
4In 1983 he won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical for the musical Blood Brothers
5In 1980 he won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy for his play Educating Rita.
6In 2004, performed in a music group with fellow playwright Tim Firth.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Germans de sang1996TV Movie play
SceneTV Series documentary 1 episode, 1975 writer - 3 episodes, 1978 - 1993
Julie Walters and Friends1991TV Movie written by
Färdknäpp1991TV Movie play
Dancin' Thru the Dark1990written by
Shirley Valentine1989play / screenplay
Timmarna med Rita1988TV Movie play "Educating Rita"
One Summer1983TV Mini-Series 5 episodes
Educating Rita1983play - uncredited / screenplay
A Time to Die1982screenplay - as William Russell
ITV Playhouse1979TV Series screenplay - 1 episode
Play for TodayTV Series written by - 1 episode, 1978 writer - 1 episode, 1975
2nd House1974TV Series play "John, Paul, George, Ringo... and Bert" - 1 episode

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Germans de sang1996TV Movie
Dancin' Thru the Dark1990
Shirley Valentine1989
Mr. Love1985

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Germans de sang1996TV Movie writer: "Marilyn Monroe"
The 47th Annual Tony Awards1993TV Special writer: "Tell Me It's Not True", "Long Sunday Afternoon/My Friend"
Top of the Pops1985TV Series writer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dancin' Thru the Dark1990Sourface

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Movie Connections2009TV Series documentary archive - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Julie Walters: A Life on Screen2014TV Movie documentary With Thanks
A Novela das 82011thanks
Letter to Brezhnev1985special thanks
The Chain1984special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Artsnight2016TV SeriesHimself
Julie Walters: A Life on Screen2014TV Movie documentaryHimself - Writer
The Story of Musicals2012TV Series documentaryHimself
I Was There: When the Beatles Played the Cavern2011DocumentaryHimself
Pete Postlethwaite: A Tribute2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Royle Family: Behind the Sofa2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Breakfast2004-2010TV SeriesHimself - Playwright / Himself
Movie Connections2009TV Series documentaryHimself
British Film Forever2007TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Victoria Wood: A BAFTA Tribute2005TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
The 100 Greatest Musicals2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Julie Walters and Friends1991TV MovieHimself
Wogan1989TV SeriesHimself
2nd House1973TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Let's Do It: A Tribute to Victoria Wood2016TV Movie documentaryHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Omnibus1999TV Series documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1990Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest ScreenplayShirley Valentine (1989)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1990BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - AdaptedShirley Valentine (1989)
1984OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another MediumEducating Rita (1983)
1984Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Screenplay - Motion PictureEducating Rita (1983)
1984BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - AdaptedEducating Rita (1983)


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