Brian Williams spent his childhood in Zambia and moved with his family to Liverpool in the seventies. After indulging in his three main passions during his teenage years—amateur boxing, experimental art, and high-speed car chases—he attended The Slade School of Fine Art in the early eighties, where he alone bizarrely earned the distinction of being referred to as "a dynamic group of performance artists." In one instance, the fire brigade had to be called, bringing an early end to one of his more inflammatory works of art; he was advised by the professor to view the firemen's intervention "as part of the piece." Since graduating, he has continued with his painting, writing, and filmmaking, which has encompassed both his own films and also working as art director and acting in a number of UK productions, including projects by Alex Cox and Charlie Higson. He currently lives with his invisible dog in deepest Hackney. Tunnels, co-authored with Roderick Gordon, is his first book.