Russell has just finished appearing in the West End in Flashdance – The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre. He was a member of the National Youth Theatre and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Theatre work includes: The Cardinal in The Duchess of Malfi, Simonides in Pericles, Yeltsin in Moscow Gold (Royal Shakespeare Company); Bergetto in ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, Cliff in A Small Family Business, and more recently Chorus in Oedipus (National Theatre); A Chorus of Disapproval (Lyric Theatre);The Glory Of The Garden (Duke Of York’s); The Illustrious Corpse (Soho Theatre); My Fair Lady (Cyprus and Denmark); On Your Toes (Royal Festival Hall/Japan Tour); The Beggar’s Opera, The Magistrate, The Seagull, The Tempest (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep); Pacific Overtures, Follies, A Little Night Music (Leicester Haymarket); King Lear, Bouncers (Nottingham Playhouse); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Crucible Sheffield); The Pillowman (Curve, Leicester); Equus, Waiting for Godot, The Importance of Being Earnest (Manchester Library Theatre); Cabaret, Masterclass (Derby Playhouse).
Film and television includes: The Vice, The Royal Today, Fat Friends, Heartbeat, Emmerdale (Yorkshire Television); The Grand, Coronation Street, Christmas Lights, Northern Lights, Eleventh Hour, See No Evil (Granada Television); Peak Practice, Kavanagh QC (Carlton TV); Faces Off (Radical Media UK); The Emperor’s New Clothes (Bonaparte Films); Liam (Liam Films).
He is a frequent broadcaster on Radios Three and Four.