Russell T. Davies
Apr. 27th, 1963
Swansea, Wales, UK
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Russell T Davies was born in Swansea, Wales (UK) in 1963. After initially taking a BBC Television director's course in the 1980s, he briefly moved in front of the cameras to present a single episode of the BBC's version of the Australian young children's show "Play School" in 1987, before deciding that his abilities lay in production rather than presenting. Working for the children's department at BBC Manchester, from 1988 to 1992 he was the producer of summertime activity show "Why Don't You?" which ironically showcased various things children could be doing rather than sitting at home watching the television. While serving as the producer of "Why Don't You?" he also made his first forays into writing for television, creating a children's sketch show for early Saturday mornings on BBC One called "Breakfast Serials" (1990). In 1991, he wrote his first television drama, a six-part serial for children entitled "Dark Season" for BBC One, which effectively comprised of two different three-part stories based around a science-fiction / adventure theme. The production was extremely successful, and noteworthy for showcasing the acting talents of a young Kate Winslet. Two years later he wrote another equally well-received science-fiction drama in the same vein, entitled "Century Falls". In 1992 he moved to Granada Television, producing and writing for their successful children's hospital drama "Children's Ward". One of the episodes Davies wrote for this series won a BAFTA Children's Award for Best Drama in 1996. At Granada he also began to break into working for adult television, contributing an episode to the ITV crime quiz show "Cluedo?", a programme based on the popular board game of the same name, in 1993, and also working on the daytime soap opera "Families". He continued working on "Children's Ward" until 1995, by which time he was already consolidating his position outside of children's programming with the comedy "The House of Windsor" and camp soap opera "Revelations" (both 1994). After a brief stint as a storyliner on ITV's flagship soap opera "Coronation Street" (for which he later wrote the straight-to-video spin-off "Viva Las Vegas") and contributions to Channel 4's "Springhill" in 1996, the following year he wrote and created the hotel-set mainstream period drama "The Grand" for prime time ITV, winning a reputation for good writing and high audience figures. He contributed to the first series of the acclaimed ITV drama "Touching Evil", before beginning his fruitful collaboration with the independent Red Productions company. His first series for Red was the ground-breaking "Queer as Folk", which caused much comment and drew much praise when screened on Channel 4 in early 1999. A sequel followed in 2000 and a US version, which still runs successfully in that country to this day, was commissioned by the Showtime cable network there. In 2001 he followed this up with another popular mini-series for Red, "Bob and Rose", this time screened on the mainstream ITV channel in prime time. After writing an episode for a Red series he had not created, "Linda Green" (shown on BBC1) in early 2003 he wrote the religious telefantasy drama "The Second Coming" starring Christopher Eccleston, which cemented his position as one of the UK's foremost writers of TV drama. His current work includes another Red mini series for ITV, "Mine All Mine" due to be screened in early 2004, a series about the life of Casanova and the screenplay for a film version of the "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?" cheating scandal. Most famously, he is the chief writer and executive producer of the BBC's revival of "Doctor Who", due to be screened in 2005. Outside of television and film, his prose work has included the novelisation of "Dark Season" and an original "Doctor Who" novel, "Damaged Goods", for Virgin Publishing in 1996. He lives in Manchester, UK.
- He was educated at Olchfa Comprehensive School. An outstanding pupil, he won a scholarship to Oxford University, where he studied English Literature and graduated in 1984.
- Claims his old friend 'Christopher Eccleston' (qv) emailed him and asked to be put on the list of possibles for the title role in his revival of _"Doctor Who" (2005)_ (qv) series.
- The 'T' in his name doesn't stand for anything. He added it to distinguish himself from the BBC Radio 2 D.J., Russell Davies.
- As executive producer and writer of _"Doctor Who" (2005)_ (qv) he broke some of the conventions of the original series, _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv), by the introduction of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) characters and the use of flatulence jokes.
- In the Independent on Sunday 2006 Pink List - a list of the most influential gay men and women - he came no. 18, up from no. 73.
- He was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honors List for his services to television drama.
- A fan of the science-fiction series _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv) since he was a child. His favourite Doctor is 'Tom Baker (I)' (qv) and his favourite story was "The Ark in Space".
- Ranked #42 in the 2008 Telegraph's list "the 100 most powerful people in British culture".
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