Willy Russell

Willy Russell was born in Whiston, near Liverpool and left school at fifteen. He began writing as a songwriter and transitioned to playwriting in the late '60s. His plays include Keep Your Eyes Down, John Paul George Ringo and Bert (1974, Evening Standard and London's Critics Awards for Best Musical), One For The Road, Stags and Hens, Educating Rita and its screenplay, Blood Brothers, Shirley Valentine (Olivier Award for Best Comedy) and its screenplay, South Bank Show, Our Day Out — The Musical, and numerous screen and radio plays. The Wrong Boy, his first novel, was published by Transworld in October 2000.