Russell Brand

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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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Guess What Russell Brand Has Named His First Child


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Russell Brand is usually very mindful of the worldly issues that are present in the world, but we're willing to bet that he hasn't thought much about the shocking US election results this week because he has just welcomed his first daughter into the world. 

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The 41-year-old comedian announced that he had recently become a father during a stand-up show on Sunday (November 6th 2016), and the word on the street is that that child has been given the name Mabel. Russell and his 27-year-old fiancee Laura Gallacher chose to keep the baby's gender a secret even to themselves until the birth, and now it seems the world has already found out that it's a girl.

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Russell Brand Becomes A First Time Father


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Russell Brand has become a father for the first time, according to reports from fans at his recent stand-up gig in Nottingham, having welcomed a baby with his fiancée Laura Gallacher.

The 41 year old comic and actor, who was once married to pop megastar Katy Perry, is said to have made the announcement during his stand-up comedy evening at the Nottingham Playhouse on Sunday night (November 6th).

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Trolls Review

Excellent

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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Expectant Father Russell Brand May Not Impose A Gender On Child


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Russell Brand has said he may not impose a gender on his child and instead let them decide as they grow up.

Appearing on ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’, Brand opened up about his impending fatherhood and his new, monogamous lifestyle with girlfriend Laura Gallacher.

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Trolls Trailer


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.

The lead characters are voiced by Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake whilst Shrek Forever After director Mike Mitchell teams up with Walt Dohrn on directorial duties. 

Russell Brand Confirms He's Going To Be A Father


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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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Russell Brand "Engaged" To "Pregnant" Girlfriend Laura Gallacher


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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 BrandRussell 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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Russell Brand Quits 'The Trews' And Takes A Break From Social Media


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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 BrandRussell Brand has ended his YouTube channel 'The Trews'

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Russell Brand Calls The Queen A Nazi, And Predictably Gets In Trouble


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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 BrandRussell Brand's in trouble again, this time for referring to the Queen as a Nazi

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Russell Brand Criticises Minute's Silence After Tunisian Massacre - Draws Torrents Of Criticism


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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?”

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Russell Brand - Red carpet arrivals for the Life and Soul fundraiser at Porchester Hall at Porchester Hall - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 24th June 2015

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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

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Russell Brand - Russell Brand signs copies of his new books 'Revolution' and 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin' at Waterstones, Piccadilly - London, United Kingdom - Friday 5th December 2014

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Russell Brand - Anti-Austerity Demonstration held on Parliament Square. - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 21st June 2014

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Russell Brand and Hugh McChord - Russell Brand, Hugh McChord Saturday 27th October 2012 Friendly House 23rd Annual Awards Luncheon

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Russell Brand

Date of birth

4th June, 1975

Occupation

Comedian

Sex

Male

Height

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