Richard was born into, and occasionally raised by, a highly dysfunctional Jewish family in the East End of London. He has subsequently lived and worked in Italy, France and America.
After a number of years in a range of diverse, but ultimately unsatisfying, careers – retail manager, accountant, band manager, lyricist, sales director, chicken plucker (OK, so he made that one up) and dot com entrepreneur – Richard turned to writing full time in 2001.
His original stage plays Shopping Lists And Suicide Notes and Hoofprints In The Sand have been produced on the stage in London and Edinburgh.
In 2006, Richard began writing for EastEnders, subsequently becoming one of the show’s “core writers” in 2007, and has written over 50 episodes of the BBC flagship drama. In 2013 he created and wrote Tamwar Tales – a short form spin-off series for the EastEnders website.
Richard made his first foray into the sitcom world in 2009, with a cross-cultural comedy, Being Jane Brown, co-written with Manjinder Virk, which was picked up by Baby Cow and commissioned to script by the BBC, and is currently writing a number of further sitcom scripts with Frank Rickarby – The Front Line (about social workers), Shiny Happy People (about addicts) and Parachute Not Included (about one man’s mid-life crisis).
Richard wrote the third episode of the first series of By Any Means (Red Planet/BBC1 TX October 2013), a series he co-created as part of a writing team with Tony Jordan. He wrote an episode of The Dumping Ground 3 for CBBC and is developing a series bible and has completed an episode for original series Blood Lines for the BBC. Richard has recently completed writing an episode of River City for BBC Scotland.
Richard Lazarus is represented by Frances Arnold