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Willy Russell

Willy Russell was born on August 23, 1947 in Whiston, Lancashire, England. He is a writer and composer, known for Shirley Valentine (1989), Educating Rita (1983) and Julie Walters and Friends (1991). See full bio »
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 1996 Germans de sang (TV Movie) (play)
  Scene (TV Series documentary) (1 episode, 1975) (writer - 3 episodes, 1978 - 1993)
- Terraces (1993) ... (writer)
- Lies: Part 2 (1978) ... (writer)
- Lies: Part 1 (1978) ... (writer)
- Break In (1975)
 1991 Julie Walters and Friends (TV Movie) (written by)
 1991 Färdknäpp (TV Movie) (play)
 1990 Dancin' Thru the Dark (written by)
 1989 Shirley Valentine (play) / (screenplay)
 1988 Timmarna med Rita (TV Movie) (play "Educating Rita")
 1983 Educating Rita (play - uncredited) / (screenplay)
 1983 One Summer (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- Episode #1.5 (1983) ... (uncredited)
- Episode #1.4 (1983) ... (uncredited)
- Episode #1.3 (1983) ... (uncredited)
- Episode #1.2 (1983) ... (uncredited)
- Episode #1.1 (1983) ... (uncredited)
 1982 A Time to Die (screenplay - as William Russell)
 1979 ITV Playhouse (TV Series) (screenplay - 1 episode)
- The Daughters of Albion (1979) ... (screenplay)
 1975-1978 Play for Today (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Our Day Out (1978) ... (writer)
- The Death of a Young, Young Man (1975) ... (writer)
 1974 2nd House (TV Series) (play "John, Paul, George, Ringo... and Bert" - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 16 November 1974 (1974) ... (play "John, Paul, George, Ringo... and Bert")
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Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
Show Show Actor (1 credit)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (4 credits)
Show Show Self (12 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (1 credit)

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His play, "Educating Rita," was performed in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Piccadilly Theatre in London, England with Julie Walters and Mark Kingston in the cast. Mike Ockrent was director. See more »

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William Russell

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Has 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." See more »

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