Born in Swansea, Russell worked as a producer at Children’s BBC and Granada before becoming a full-time writer. He created Queer As Folk in 1999 (Red Productions for Channel 4) and his work includes The Second Coming, Bob & Rose and Casanova. In 2005, he brought back Doctor Who for the BBC, and created spin-offs Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Since then, he’s written Cucumber and Banana (Channel 4), A Very English Scandal and Years and Years (BBC One) and his forthcoming series Boys (Channel 4).