Russell Brand

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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.

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1st July 2014 -

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26th June 2014 -

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Russell Brand "Couldn't Be Bothered" To Pay £14.90 Train Fare

21st April 2014 -

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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...

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4th April 2014 -

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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...

Russell Brand Wants To Change The Way Kids See The World, With His Own Books

2nd April 2014 -

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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....

Is This A Celebrity Which I See Before Me? Hollywood Actors Who Have Tackled Shakespeare Roles

25th March 2014 -

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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...

Davina McCall Doesn't Touch Alcohol, Nor Do These Other Teetotal Celebrities

17th March 2014 -

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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...

Russell Brand To Pen Book On How To Overthrow Government

15th March 2014 -

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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...

Russell Brand Cancels Tour Dates To Spend Time With his Mum, Who Has Breast Cancer

7th March 2014 -

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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...

Russell Brand and John Snow Arrive at Loggerheads Live on Channel 4 News

15th February 2014 -

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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,...

Russell Brand Calls The Sudden Death Of "Drug Addict" Philip Seymour Hoffman "Inevitable"

8th February 2014 -

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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...

What Does Russell Brand Think of David Cameron? Have a Guess

14th November 2013 -

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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...

Russell Brand Reveals He Has A Girlfriend!

6th November 2013 -

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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...

Russell Brand Responds to Robert Webb's Rebuke Re: Deathcamps, Etc.

5th November 2013 -

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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...

Katy Perry Describes 'Prism' As Evolution From 'Toddler State'

23rd October 2013 -

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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...

Katy Perry's Most Personal Album Is Also Her Most Popular One To Date

23rd October 2013 -

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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...

How Russell Brand Helped Katy Perry's New Album, 'Prism'

22nd October 2013 -

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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...

Russell Brand, Charles Moore and the Continuing Irrelevance of the GQ Awards

6th September 2013 -

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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...

Russell Brand Sparks Fracas At GQ Men Of The Year Awards With Nazi Jibes

5th September 2013 -

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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...

GQ Men of the Year Awards Descend Into Chaos Over Russell Brand, Nazis, Jews

4th September 2013 -

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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...

Listen To Katy Perry's New Single 'Roar' From Her Upcoming 'Prism' Album

12th August 2013 -

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Increasing the hype for her upcoming album Prism, Katy Perry has released a taste of what it has to offer through her new single 'Roar'.Katy Perry at the premiere of The Smurfs 2 held at...

'Paradise' - Julianne Hough Is A Little Lamb Coming of Age [Trailer + Stills]

9th August 2013 -

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In Paradise, the appropriately named Lamb Mannerheim takes the scenic route in coming of age. Scarred for life but still alive after a plane crash, Lamb shocks her home-town by taking off to Las Vegas...

Paradise

8th August 2013 -

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Lamb Mannerheim was a beautiful, smart, strictly religious, perfect young girl and the pride of both her parents and her local parish. That is until one day, when an accident changed her views on faith...

Russell Brand Jokes About Marriage & Sex Life With Katy Perry During New Stand-Up Routine

5th August 2013 -

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Russell Brand was back on-stage and back freely discussing his sexual misadventures in front of a live audience this week as he prepares himself for the upcoming Messiah Complex tour. Never one to let his...

US Box Office: The Conjuring Haunts R.I.P.D. During Its Opening Weekend

22nd July 2013 -

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The Conjuring, opening this weekend, gained $41.5 million. Another lower budget film beat off the likes of R.I.P.D. which, according to reports, cost more than $130 million to make.Vera Farmiga at the premiere of Bates...

Poor Pacific Rim: Is Sandler's Soaring 'Grown Ups 2' The Worst Movie...Ever?

15th July 2013 -

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Yeah, we had a feeling this might happen. The $190 million budget of Pacific Rim is seemingly looking further away than ever after Guillermo del Toro's blockbuster took just $38.3 million on its box-office debut...

Will 'Despicable Me 2' Break More Records For Universal?

5th July 2013 -

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Despicable Me 2’s special July 4th was independent in more ways that one: it was Universals biggest ever opening for a movie, with a total of $34.3m on Wednesday, despite most American’s enjoying the seasonally...

Despicable Me 2: Where Do The Minions Go From Here?

2nd July 2013 -

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Chances are, if you've read anything about Despicable Me 2 - the sequel to 2010's Illumination Entertainment movie about Steve Carell's criminal mastermind Gru - then you've read about the Minions. Gru's hilarious yellow henchmen...

Despicable Me 2: Entertainment For Parents...And Their Little Minions

2nd July 2013 -

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Despicable Me 2catches up with former moon-stealing villain, Gru, who is settling into family life, raising three young girls: Agnes, Edith and Margo (Miranda Cosgrove). But has fatherhood completely distracted him from his former pursuit...

'Despicable Me 2': Early Reviews Round-Up

2nd July 2013 -

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Despicable Me 2, the sequel to the first 2010 film, is due to be released in cinemas on Wednesday. Early critical reviews have been largely positive. Keith Uhlich of the New York Times said the...

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