Born in Barmouth, North Wales, Russell Davies received a first class degree at St John's College, Cambridge, but abandoned his post-graduate studies in German literature to tour with the Cambridge Footlights revue.
He was a TV comedy actor for two years before turning to journalism, and has combined writing and broadcasting ever since.
He has been film critic of 'The Observer', caricaturist for the 'Times' Literary Supplement,' deputy editor of 'Punch', TV critic of both 'The Observer' and 'The Sunday Times', features writer for the 'Telegraph Magazine' and sports columnist for the 'Sunday Telegraph'.
His television credits include several documentaries on jazz (being a jazz musician). He's the writer and presenter of many radio programmes including BBC Radio 4's series 'Word Of Mouth' (winner of the 1996 European Radio, ONDAS prize), and numerous programmes about, for example, jazz, American life and literature, and the history of radio comedy.
On BBC Radio 2 he has presented a series on the songwriters Rodgers and Hart, and 'Legends of Light Music'.
In 2003 Russell wrote a film about Artie Shaw for BBC 4 and he's currently working on a number of projects for television