Russell Richardson (born in Rochdale) appeared on Coronation Street in December 2002 and February 2003 as Stuart Fletcher, the owner of Fletchers clothing company; and returned to the programme in April 2012 as the corrupt Councillor Charles Peake.

Having started working life in Rochdale Council in the 1970s, he trained at East 15 in London. His TV and film credits include roles in Chalkface, London's Burning, The Bill, Hollyoaks, Dalziel and Pascoe, Murder in Mind, Holby City, Family Affairs, Brookside and Doctors.