- Spent time in the Royal Air Force and the Merchant Navy.
- Trained as a ballet dancer for five years at the Hampstead Ballet Club.
- Worked as a photographer before breaking into directing.
- Converted to Catholicism at age 28.
- Actor Anthony Perkins officiated his second wedding, to photographer Vivian Jolly, in 1983.
- Published his autobiography, A British Picture: An Autobiography, in 1989.
- Was a visiting professor at Newport Film School at the University of Wales and at the University of Southampton.
- His house suffered a devastating fire in 2006.
- Published six novels, including Violation in 2006.
- Quit the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother after four days due to a disagreement with fellow contestant Jane Goody.
- Passed away due to a series of strokes.
- 1970, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Direction: Nominee
- 1971, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1970, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
- 1974, Cannes Film Festival — Technical Grand Prize: Winner
- 1972, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Comedy: Nominee
- Xavier Russell — Son
- Hetty Baynes — Ex-wife
- Victoria Russell — Daughter
- Rex Russell — Son
- Raymond Russell — Brother
- Elize Tribble — Wife
- Rupert Russell — Son
- Ethel Russell — Mother
- Toby Russell — Son
- Henry Russell — Father
- Shirley Russell — Ex-wife
- James Russell — Son
- Vivian Jolly — Ex-wife
- Alex Verney-Elliott — Son
- Molly — Daughter
- Attended Walthamstow Art School, London, England
- Birth Name: Henry Kenneth Alfred Russell
- Birth Place: Southampton, Hampshire, England
- Birthday: July 3, 1927, Cancer
- Died: November 27, 2011
- Profession: Director, Screenwriter
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