English playwright who wrote works like Educating Rita, Blood Brothers, and Our Day Out. He was the winner of multiple Laurence Olivier Awards.
He was a women's hairdresser who ran his own salon.
He received BAFTA and Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for both Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine.
His parents worked for book publishers. He married Annie Russell.
His first novel, The Wrong Boy, tells the story of a 19-year-old boy who writes letters to his hero, Morrissey.