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Russell Brand (born 4.6.1975) is an English comedian, as well as a television and radio presenter, and self-styled activist.
Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2014, Russell Brand has a net worth of 15 million USD.
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.
Career: In 1994, Russell Brand made his first serious TV appearance in 'The Bill'. By 2000, Brand received his first presenting job was working as a VJ (video jockey) on MTV. He presented Dance Floor Chart as well as working on MTV Select. In the same year, 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.
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. 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. 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 and 7, 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'.
Brand 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. Brand returned to MTV in the same year, hosting '1 Leicester Square', a chat show that featured guests such as Tom Cruise, Uma Thurman and Boy George.
In November 2006, Brand organized a secret stand up show for people in his MySpace network. He then hosted the NME Awards in the same year. He was insulted by Bob Geldof at the awards show, 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'. 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 centred around their 'Goth Detectives' characters. 'My Booky Wooky', Brand's autobiography was released in 2007. It was notable for his honest depiction of life as a heroin addict. 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. 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. 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'.
In 2010, Brand made a vocal appearance in the film 'Despicable Me', reprising the role in the film's 2013 sequel. In 2011, Brand founded his own production company called 'Branded Films', with the express purpose of producing projects that he featured in. That year, Brand hosted an episode of 'Saturday Night Live' before hosting 'MTV Movie Awards' in the following year. In October 2014, Brand published 'Revolution', his proposed manifesto on social revolution. Critics were divided, with some seeing it as endearing and funny, and others seeing it as smug and ill-informed, commenting that Brand had no knowledge of social revolution and failed to address the fallout of such upheavals.
In November 2014, Brand published his first children's novel 'Russell Brand's Trickster Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin'. The book was critically savaged, with critics expecting that (if the series were to continue) children' literature would reach a "new low".
Personal Life: Russell Brand met singer Katy Perry in 2009. The couple began dating in September of that year, and they were engaged on 31st December 2009. Brand and Perry were married on 23rd October 2010, yet Brand filed for divorce on 30th December 2011 after revealing his desires to Perry via text message.
While Brand stated that the divorce came from conflicting work schedules, Perry later revealed in her book that the split came because she was not ready to have children. In 2013, Perry continued to say in an interview that she believed Brand was unable to deal with her being her own boss in life.
Noel Gallagher has been described as a ''chippy bloke'' who shows slight elements of wisdom by Russell Brand.
The 41-year-old comedian has a long list of celebrity pals, including the former Oasis band member, who he believes is a ''normal'' person, and will occasionally show a hint of ''wisdom'' when the air are together.
Speaking to NME magazine about the musician, the 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' actor said: ''Sometimes he's just a normal, quite chippy bloke from Manchester, but t other times you glimpse his wisdom.''
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Nine years after 'Sachsgate', the controversial Brand is to return to live radio with a Sunday morning show on Radio X.
Nearly nine years after the ‘Sachsgate’ scandal that nearly finished his career, Russell Brand has announced his return to regular live radio with a new show on Radio X this weekend.
The 41 year old actor and stand-up comedian was forced to resign from the BBC back in 2008 after he caused widespread outrage when he and Jonathan Ross made prank calls to veteran actor Andrew Sachs were broadcast on Ross’s Radio 2 show.
The BBC itself was fined £150,000 for broadcasting the offending material, in which Brand and Ross left messages on the ‘Fawlty Towers’ actor’s answering machine featuring offensive comments about his granddaughter.
Russell Brand's pre-watershed swearing and Vic Reeves' 'fake penis' antics caused a stir on social media during Friday night's telethon.
British television watchdog Ofcom is weighing up whether to launch an investigation into the BBC’s Comic Relief telethon last weekend, after the charity fundraiser caused more than 150 complaints.
The network’s bi-annual Red Nose Day evening, which was broadcast on Friday evening (March 24th), was criticised on social media for sound issues and pre-watershed profanity.
A number of moments, in particular when comedian Vic Reeves flashed a fake penis at Susanna Reid before the 9pm watershed, and when host Russell Brand exclaimed “f***ing hell” in response to a technical hitch, sparked controversy. By Monday (March 27th), a large number of viewers had written to Ofcom to complain about the incidents, and the watchdog is now considering its response.
Katy Perry is ''very attracted'' to the British accent, and has even tried a number of traditional English food.
Katy Perry is ''very attracted'' to the British accent.
The 32-year-old singer has recently broken up with boyfriend Orlando Bloom and was engaged to Russell Brand previously, and the star has revealed she easily falls for English men because she likes the sound of their ''posh'' voices.
Speaking to Nick Grimshaw on his BBC Radio One Breakfast Show, the blonde beauty said: ''Many of my English boyfriends that I've had along the way (have made them).
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Brand had previously said he intends to raise his daughter gender neutral.
Russell Brand has said he will be dressing his daughter in gender neutral clothing, so she can formulate her own gender identity.
Brand welcomed daughter Mabel with fiancée Laura Gallacher in November and previously stated he would be raising her gender neutral.
Russell Brand wants his daughter to formulate her own gender
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Gru (Steve Carell) has renounced his nefarious ways for good now that he's happily married to Anti-Villain League agent Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig), but he's still very active when it comes to taking down the other criminals of the age. One such criminal is the disco-dancing, shoulder-pad loving Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker); a diamond thief who is also a former child star still obsessed with his famous film role from the 80s. But that's not the only adversary Gru must face on his next adventure. His long lost twin Dru returns and tensions are high between these siblings. The Minions are back, obviously - not that Gru needs minions when evil misdeeds aren't the order of the day - and Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Nev Scharrel) are a little older and wiser but just as adorable.
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Almost pathologically buoyant, this brightly colourful animated comedy is so cheeky that it's impossible to dislike. The plot may be thin, and the wackiness a bit too full-on, but every moment is packed with smart verbal and visual jokes. This rapid-fire energy keeps us laughing all the way through, while the lively song score has us humming along and wishing we could get up there and dance.
It's set in a garish fantasy world in which sweetly happy trolls are locked in a mortal battle with gloomy bergen who think the only way they can achieve happiness is to eat a troll. It's been 20 years since the trolls escaped to form a secret forest community, so they throw a party to celebrate. Led by Princess Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the festivities feature so much music, glitter and hugging that the bergen's Chef (Christine Baranski) spots their location. The paranoid troll Branch (Justin Timberlake) had warned that this might happen, and sure enough Chef sweeps in and grabs a handful of trolls to take back to bergen King Gristle (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). Feeling responsible, Poppy sets out on a quest to rescue them, and Branch grudgingly accompanies her. They also get help from the lovelorn bergen scullery maid Bridget (Zooey Deschanel).
There isn't a moment in this story that carries even a hint of actual suspense, but the action scenes are still exhilaratingly madcap, and the darker moments along the way generate proper emotion. Thankfully, the lesson is so painfully obvious (you don't need to eat a troll to be happy!) that the filmmakers don't bother hammering it in. Instead, they fill every scene with deranged wit, ridiculous gags and lively character detail.
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The serial womaniser appears to finally be settling down with long-term girlfriend Laura Gallacher.
Russell Brand is reportedly ready to walk down the aisle again with long-term girlfriend Laura Gallacher. The reformed lothario is said to have recently popped the question to Gallacher, who is also reported to be six months pregnant with the couple’s first child.
Russell Brand is reportedly engaged to girlfriend Laura Gallacher.
The Sun reports that Brand and Gallacher celebrated their engagement at a “hippy-style” gathering at their house over the weekend, attended by a small group of family and friends. The couple had previously dated in 2007 and 2009, before rekindling their relationship last year and moving in together earlier this year.
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Cumberbatch has asked if Santa could help “solve some of the greatest worries we have for our children”.
‘Sherlock Holmes’ star Benedict Cumberbatch is among the celebrities sharing their letters to Santa this year, as part of the Letters Live series, marking national letter writing day. In his letter Cumberbatch states that Christmas has been “bastardised to represent materialism gone mad” and asks for Santa to help distract children from “from the realities of a world gone mad”.
Benedict Cumberbatch has shared his letter to Santa.
"This is what I'd like to ask you to help with. A little more time for children to be children. Stretch the moment of magic and playfulness,” Cumberbatch wrote. "Distract them from the realities of a world gone mad so that they can laugh with their breath rather than sob with their tears.”
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The comedian and actor has drawn a line under 'The Trews', but hinted at a return to political commentary in another form in the future.
Russell Brand is calling time on his YouTube show ‘The Trews’, saying that he has become tired of being the centre of the story when the rest of the media reports on what he says.
“I think we’ve gone as far as we can with ‘The Trews’ for now,” he said in a video posted on Thursday (August 20th) entitled ‘Final Episode Of The Trews – Goodbye, Good Luck’. “I’m not going to be doing the Trews, I’m not going to be on Twitter, or Facebook, I’m going to be learning because I know real change is coming and I want to be part of that,” he said.
Russell Brand has ended his YouTube channel 'The Trews'
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Russell Brand - For every use of the hashtag #POWEREDBYPRIDE, Equinox will donate £1 to The Pillion Trust. For more information visit www.equinox.com/poweredbypride. at 34 Berwick Street - London, United Kingdom - Monday 22nd June 2015
Date of birth
4th June, 1975
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