Russel trained at Mountview Theatre School on a three- year musical theatre course, where he was awarded the Mountview singing scholarship two years running.
Musical theatre credits include: Plant Operator in Little Shop of Horrors; Apollo in the new musical version of Orpheus , Sarah the Cook in Dick Whittington directed by Roger Redfarn. Russel was seen more recently playing Princess Perins in a Star wars spoof pantomine called Luke Back In Anger.
Other credits include: Bergetto in ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Silvius in As You Like It . Russel also featured in a short film called Glimpses of the Moon playing the part of Alan He also appeared in a VO5 Shampoo advert.
Russel would like to dedicate his performance to his parents Judy and Barry Hicken