Russell T Davies was born in Swansea in 1963. He completed the BBC Director’s course before becoming a TV producer in Manchester, working on Why Don’t You..? CBBC Drama then commissioned his drama series Dark Season, starring Kate Winslet, and Century Falls. He moved to Granada to produce Children’s Ward and created the soap opera Revelations. He joined with Nicola Shindler at Red Productions and created several award-winning series including Queer As Folk, Bob & Rose, The Second Coming and Casanova. And a Welsh drama, Mine All Mine, which no one watched. But he did a bit better when he revived Doctor Who in 2005, also creating spin-offs Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. He then created the trilogy Cucumber, Banana and Tofu for Channel 4, for which he won the BAFTA for Best Drama Writer. He then achieved the lifetime ambition of adapting A Midsummer Night’s Dream for BBC One, and he’s currently adapting A Very English Scandal, about the Jeremy Thorpe story, for BBC One in 2018, to be directed by Stephen Frears and starring Hugh Grant. Russell was awarded the 2006 Dennis Potter Award at BAFTA for his achievements in television drama.