Russell trained as an actor at Colchester Mercury Youth Theatre then in Birmingham at The Russian School of Acting and Sandwell College. He completed his training at Wolverhampton University when he simultaneously achieved his Certificate in Education, LAMDA acting diploma, IDTA dance and London College of Music exams studying with voice experts Mark Meylan and Sarah Wright-Owens. He has been a performer since the age of seven and directed for twenty years encompassing plays, musicals, mime, revues, choreography, pantomime, new writing and youth based arts. His directing practice includes collaboration with artists such as Shit Theatre, Heather Uprichard (Shunt Collective), Sam Wills (The Boy with Tape on his Face), Sarah-Louise Young (Julie Madly Deeply) & Linda Marlowe. He regularly works with established text; directing the UK premier of Tennessee Williams's 'The Fat Man's Wife', 'Henry V' , 'Titus Andronicus' and 'Vernon God little'. He is also co-creator and the director of smash-hit 'Julie Madly Deeply' by Sarah Louise-Young (London/Australia/Canada) He often collaborates with artist Henry Davis including the direction of his two short films and is currently devising a new play 'Warped' with playwright Martin Malcolm about the glamorisation of the Krays, plus 'DollyWould' by Sh!t Theatre. As a trained lecturer Russell also delivers in educational settings for varied programs. He has partnered with The Donmar Warehouse, Old Vic, The Lyric, Hammersmith and created training weeks for The National Youth Theatre, The Princes Trust, Goldsmiths, East 15 and Cumbria University, plus The Directors Guild of Great Britain where he explored ways to pull down the imagined walls between the director and actor. As an actor Russell has appeared as Bobby Kennedy for National Geographic's 'Seven Days that Made a President' and commercials for DFS/Channel 5 and Heineken.