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Date of Birth 23 August 1947Whiston, Lancashire, England, UK

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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).

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In 2004, performed in a music group with fellow playwright Tim Firth.
In 1980 he won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy for his play Educating Rita.
In 1983 he won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical for the musical Blood Brothers
In 1988 he won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy for his play Shirley Valentine
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."

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