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Russell Brand (born 4.6.1975)
Russell Brand is an English comedian, as well as a television and radio presenter.
Russell Brand: Childhood
Russell Brand is an only child, born to Barbara and Ronald Brand, in Grays, Essex. Russell's parents separated when he was six months old.
At school, Brand's first acting performance was as 'Fat Sam' in Bugsy Malone, when he was 15. His theatre performances led to a scholarship at the Italia Conti Academy, a renowned acting school. He also earned a three-year scholarship at the Drama Centre, in Chalk Farm, London.
Russell Brand: Comedy Career
In 2000, Brand performed at the final of the New Act of the Year, at the Hackney Empire. He attracted the attention of agent John Noel and his first major stand up tour, Shame, was a major success.
In November 2006, Brand organized a secret stand up show for people in his MySpace network.
Brand has been involved in a number of high-profile collaborations, including a Comic Relief sketch with Matt Lucas and David Walliams' Little Britain characters, in which he plays a cross-dressing plumber. In 2007, Brand performed at a charity show alongside Noel Fielding of The Mighty Boosh, which centered around their 'Goth Detectives' characters.
In July 2008, Brand courted controversy when he made a hoax phone call to the police whilst onstage in Northampton, claiming to have spotted a man that had carried out a series of serious assaults.
Russell Brand: TV Presenting
Brand's first presenting job was working as a VJ (video jockey) on MTV. He presented Dance Floor Chart as well as working on MTV Select.
On September 12th, 2001, the day after the New York terrorist attacks, Brand turned up to work at MTV dressed as Osama Bin laden. He was promptly fired.
Following this hasty departure, Brand filmed RE:Brand, a documentary focusing on cultural taboos. Brand wrote the documentary with the help of his writing partner, Matt Morgan.
Brand returned to MTV in 2006, hosting 1 Leicester Square, a chat show that featured guests such as Tom Cruise, Uma Thurman and Boy George.
In 2004, Brand was selected to host Big Brother's Eforum, a partner show to Big Brother 5. He carried on these presenting duties for Big Brother 6 and7, when the show's name was changed to Big Brother's Big Mouth. Russell was also one of the celebrities to take over the Big Brother role on 2008's Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack. He continued working for E4 on Russell Brand's Got Issues, but the viewing figures were disappointing. In 2006, Brand hosted his own chat show, the Russell Brand Show, on Channel 4. The show ran for five weeks. Returning to Channel 4, Brand hosted Russell Brand's Ponderland, in which he discussed a variety of topics via his stand-up comedy.
In 2006, Russell Brand hosted the NME Awards. He was insulted by Bob Geldof and was quick to retaliate.
The BBC broadcast a documentary in 2007 entitled Russell Brand On the Road, in which he and Matt Morgan traveled across the USA and explored the classic jack Kerouac novel, On the Road.
In 2008, Brand hosted the MTV Video Music Awards, launching Britney Spears' comeback. Again, he courted controversy by insulting George W. Bush and mocking the Jonas Brothers for their 'virginity rings'.
Russell Brand: Radio Presenting
In 2002, Brand and Morgan hosted a Sunday afternoon show on London's Xfm. Russell was fired from the job when he read pornographic material live on air. The Russell Brand Show started out on BBC 6Music in April 2006 and moved to Radio 2 seven months later, with a regular listener base of around 2 million.
Russell Brand: Acting Career
In 1994, Russell Brand made his first serious TV appearance in The Bill.
In 2007, Brand appeared in his first major film role, playing Flash Harry in St. Trinian's. In 2008, he earned his first lead role, in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, gaining good reviews for his performance.
Russell Brand: Writing
My Booky Wooky, Brand's autobiography was released in 2007. It was notable for his honest depiction of life as a heroin addict.
18th December 2014 -
Russell Brand has apologized for delaying an RBS worker from eating his lunch, promising to buy the man a fresh paella. Bank worker Jo, from Northern Ireland, wrote an open letter to the comedian bemoaning...
10th December 2014 -
The comedian Russell Brand faces a possible ban from Twitter after he tweeted out the phone number of a Daily Mail journalist. Brand tweeted a photo of senior journalist Neil Sears' business card to more...
10th November 2014 -
“Verbal dexterity plus Estuary accent is what leads to parody of...'PARKLIFE'!” Yes today the inevitable has happened, Russell Brand has created his own ‘Parklife’ parody video."PARKLIFE", it's Russell BrandBrand has teamed up with Irish comedians...
8th November 2014 -
It’s been a few days now and we’ve all had our fun shouting ‘Parklife’ at Russell Brand. But what does the outspoken comedian make of the joke, which started earlier this week on Twitter? Well...
8th November 2014 -
Controversial celebrity icon Russell Brand came in for some serious flak on Twitter after it emerged that he broke off from a protest on bonfire night to attend a celebrity-packed night out at the theatre.Russell...
5th November 2014 -
Russell Brand can be verbose. Very verbose. Sometimes, Russell Brand can be so verbose in his writing that his message loses all meaning. It was something evident in his latest rant at the holders of...
16th October 2014 -
Russell Brand has responded to John Lydon's comments that the comedian is a "bum hole" for asking people not to vote in elections. The former Sex Pistols frontman called Brand "ignorant" for his calls for...
15th October 2014 -
John Lydon, the former Sex Pistols frontman, and a personality never one to shy away from a political debate, says Russell Brand is trying to sell a lifestyle of "cardboard boxes, down by the river"...
14th October 2014 -
Russell Brand and Katy Perry were once the most loved up A-Listers in showbiz, and as nearly four years have passed since the pair separated after 14 months of marriage, the British comedian can positively...
23rd September 2014 -
Jemima Khan has split from her boyfriend Russell Brand, according to the pair's mutual friend, Naughty Boy. The pair have been together for about a year though the relationship appears to have broken down.Jemima Khan...
1st July 2014 -
Russell Brand has offered his two cents on news that Rolf Harris has been found guilty of 12 counts of indecently assaulting four girls dating back more than 40 years, with the youngest victim just...
26th June 2014 -
David Cameron will receive a letter from over 90 celebrities, politicians, lawyers and health experts, calling for a review of the current policy on the possession of illegal drugs.Russell Brand has thrown his weight behind...
21st April 2014 -
Russell Brand had admitted bunking his train fares when travelling from London to Chelmsford. The comedian, 38 - who is worth an estimated $15 million - told the audience at a podcast recorded in east...
4th April 2014 -
Comedian Russell Brand, who isn't exactly known for his child friendly material, made a surprising announcement yesterday - he’s writing a children’s book. The funnyman confirmed, by way of a Youtube video that Russell Brand’s...
2nd April 2014 -
Russell Brand has been in the news lately for his revolutionary words and thoughts. And, in-keeping with that rhetoric, the stand-up comedian-cum-political activist is writing childrens’ books to alter the way they see they world....
25th March 2014 -
There’s no better way of proving that you are a true artiste than taking on a challenging Shakespearean role. Not content with raking in millions of dollars from their blockbuster movies, these famous actors and...
17th March 2014 -
Former addict Davina McCall has admitted that she won’t even touch a drop of alcohol, because “it just leads [her] to drugs.” Davina has been vocal about her struggles with Class A drugs in her...
15th March 2014 -
Russell Brand is taking his revolution a step further and plans to write a book on how it should be done.The 39 year-old comedian will cover "ecology, inequality, rioting, financial meltdown and his total mistrust...
7th March 2014 -
Sad news has emerged from camp Russell Brand; the comedian, activist and actor’s mother – Barbara - has been diagnosed with breast cancer, forcing Brand to disappoint some of his fans by cancelling a string...
15th February 2014 -
Russell Brand’s journey from drug addict to TV presenter to writer to political activist – with some overlap – has been well documented.Russell Brand flashing his recently stamped passportAs one of Britain’s most controversial personalities,...
8th February 2014 -
It is publically known that Russell Brand's past involved an intense battle with substance and alcohol abuse, but the Brit managed to overcome his addiction issues.So it is little surprise that the fairly outspoken Brit...
14th November 2013 -
While Russell Brand’s thoughts on British Prime Minister are pretty easy to predict, it’s funny to actually hear them. The 38-year-old comedian was forthright with his opinions on the man charged with looking after a...
6th November 2013 -
Russell Brand has a new lady in his life.The British comedian has kept relatively low-key about his love life since divorcing from American pop-singer, Katy Perry, in February 2012.However, this all changed when the 38...
5th November 2013 -
This is a strange one. Russell Brand, who, while guest editing for the New Statesman, displayed his disenfranchisement with the current British government by signing off a disdainful piece on contemporary politics with a bold...
23rd October 2013 -
Katy Perry has certainly done a lot of growing up since the release of her number one album Teenage Dream - and the stark realities she's faced are clear in Prism.The 'Roar' hitmaker has explained...
23rd October 2013 -
Katy Perry is currently enjoying her recent return to the top of the pop agenda, releasing her fourth studio album to rave reviews and eager audience anticipation, and already enjoying tremendous success on the back...
22nd October 2013 -
For many people, a divorce can be a terrible experience, hounded by despair and loneliness, and it appears that even Katy Perry went through the same emotions but she managed to channel them into chart-climbingly...
6th September 2013 -
Russell Brand made headlines at the GQ Men of the Year awards this week, after making a joke about the Nazi's and their sartorial choices. Noting Hugo Boss's link to the SS went down like...
5th September 2013 -
At the annual GQ Men of the Year Awards, Russell Brand sparked off a war of words between himself, Charles Moore, actor Jeremy Piven and a host of others, as the group embarked on a...
4th September 2013 -
The GQ Men of the Year awards is always a rather boisterous affair. When you stick a load of preened rock stars, comedians, actors and journalists in the same room, give them free alcohol and...
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