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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.
Brand and girlfriend Laura Gallacher are expecting their first child together.
Comedian Russell Brand has confirmed he’s expecting his first child with girlfriend Laura Gallacher. The 41-year-old was first rumoured to be expecting a child with Gallacher back in May and the couple are also reported to have recently celebrated their engagement.
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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.
Continue reading: Russell Brand "Engaged" To "Pregnant" Girlfriend Laura Gallacher
Has he taken his relationship with Laura Gallacher to the next level?
Well this is one guy we never really thought would hang up his lothario ways in favour of starting a family, but new reports suggest that Russell Brand is indeed expecting his first child with current beau Laura Gallacher. Of course, it's yet to be confirmed.
Russell Brand to be a father?
The comedian and political activist, who was married to Katy Perry between 2010 and 2012, is set to become a father for the first time according to reports. If rumours are to be believed, his 27-year-old girlfriend Laura Gallacher is five months pregnant and Brand is 'absolutely made up' at the news.
Continue reading: Is Russell Brand About To Become A First-Time Father?
For the first time us humans get to have a look into the life of some of the most mysterious creatures ever known: Trolls! When Princess Poppy decides to go on an adventure to a new land, she's continually put in peril by giants and monsters unlike any that she's ever heard of.
Trolls the movie is produced by DreamWorks Animation and sees Thomas Dam's famous dolls being brought to life for the first time.
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.”
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch Leads List Of Celebrity Letters To Santa
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'
Continue reading: Russell Brand Quits 'The Trews' And Takes A Break From Social Media
The controversial British comedian has again sparked criticism for his social media outbursts.
Russell Brand has been doing what he does best – courting controversy. This time, he has attracted an outcry following a condemnation of the Queen after a picture emerged at the weekend of her seeming to give a Nazi salute as a child.
40 year old Brand reacted to The Sun’s photograph on Saturday with a post on his Facebook page, quoting an excerpt from his book ‘Revolution’ in an apparent attempt to promote it following the leak, which referred to the British monarch as “Mrs Bratwurst-Kraut-Nazi” at the “top of a class pyramid”.
Russell Brand's in trouble again, this time for referring to the Queen as a Nazi
Continue reading: Russell Brand Calls The Queen A Nazi, And Predictably Gets In Trouble
The comedian criticised the government's decision to hold a minute's silence on Friday after last week's massacre.
Russell Brand has stirred up a new hornet’s nest of controversy by criticising the decision to hold a minute’s silence to remember the British citizens killed in act of terrorism in Tunisia last week.
38 people, including 30 British holidaymakers, were killed by a gunman on a beach outside a popular hotel resort in Sousse in the North African country last Friday (June 26th), and one week later the British government made the decision to honour their memory by declaring a minute’s silence yesterday (Friday July 3rd).
However, the self-styled activist Brand took to his YouTube site ‘The Trews’ to question what it would achieve. “There's no point in having a minute's silence on Friday - it's a minute of bulls***. What's the truth behind the terrible Tunisia massacre?”
Brand is said to have made some controversial jokes about drugs during a charity fundraiser for Focus 12, an organisation dedicated to tackling addiction.
Fifi Geldof has apparently labelled the British comedian and political activist Russell Brand an “uber-douche extraordinaire” for insensitive comments made at a charity fundraising event.
The 32 year old PR executive, who normally maintains a low profile, is reported to have told the Daily Mail: “Less of a Russell Brand fan than ever after his offensive and highly inappropriate speech at the addiction charity event.”
Russell Brand was called out by Fifi Geldof for "highly inappropriate" jokes made at a charity fundraiser
Continue reading: Fifi Geldof Slams Russell Brand For Jokes About Drugs
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
Ed Miliband is the star of 'Forgetting Ed Miliband'.
A new parody video titled Forgetting Ed Miliband has popped up online, delving into the former Labour leader's post-election life in a reimagined version of the 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Ed Miliband is the undisputed star of Forgetting Ed Miliband
The movie followed Jason Segel's character Peter Bretter who travelled to Hawaii to win back his girlfriend from the famous Aldous Snow. The video works well - or works at all - because in the movie Snow is played by the British comedian Russell Brand, who backed Miliband and Labour in the UK General Election before the party was roundly trounced by the Conservatives.
Continue reading: 'Forgetting Ed Miliband': Your New Favourite Thing On The Internet
Harry Redknapp, Russell Brand, Maxi Priest, George Gilbey, Daniel Lassmann and Dan Osbourne - Errols Game for Prostrate Cancer, Men United v Orient Legends at Matchroom Stadium, London - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 31st May 2015
Date of birth
4th June, 1975
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