Russell Brand –

Brand in St. Trinian's.

About Russell Brand (1975 – ____)

Russell Edward Brand was born in Orsett Hospital in Grays, Essex, England. He is the only child of Barbara Elizabeth (née Nichols) and photographer Ronald Henry Brand. Brand's parents split up when he was six months old, and he was raised by his mother. He had a difficult childhood. When he was 7, a tutor sexually abused him.

When Brand was 8, his mother contracted uterine cancer and then breast cancer one year later. While she underwent treatment, Brand lived with relatives. When he was 14, he suffered from bulimia nervosa. When he was 16, he left home because of disagreements with his mother's partner. Brand then started to use illegal drugs such as cannabis, amphetamines, LSD, and ecstasy.

Brand says he had a "strange relationship" with his father, whom he saw sporadically and who took him to visit prostitutes during a trip to Thailand when Brand was a teenager. He made his theatrical debut at the age of 15 in a school production of Bugsy Malone, and then began work as a film extra. Brand attended Grays School Media Arts College and in 1991, he was accepted to the Italia Conti Academy and had his first year of tuition funded by Essex County Council. After his first year at Italia Conti Academy, Brand was expelled for illegal drug use and poor attendance.

While still a teenager, Brand appeared in 1994 episodes of The Bill and the children's adventure series Mud. In 2002, Brand appeared on the TV shows Cruise of the Gods and White Teeth. In 2005, he played Tommy in the BBC sitcom Blessed, which was written and directed by Young Ones co-writer Ben Elton. Brand auditioned for the part of Super Hans in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show; the role eventually went to Matt King. In 2007, Brand appeared in Cold Blood for ITV, playing an ex-con called Ally. Brand played a recovering crack addict named Terry in the pilot for the ITV comedy The Abbey, written by Morwenna Banks. He voiced an Earth Guardian in Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind. Brand appeared in a small role in the 2006 movie Penelope; although his first major film role was as Flash Harry in the 2007 film St Trinian's.

Brand achieved American fame when he starred in the 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall, in which he played rock star Aldous Snow, the boyfriend of the title character (played by Kristen Bell). Brand received rave reviews for his performance as Snow, and he revealed the character was changed from an author to a rock star because of his audition. Brand starred alongside Adam Sandler in the Disney film Bedtime Stories, which was released on 25 December 2008. He reprised the role of Aldous Snow for a buddy comedy titled Get Him to the Greek, co-starring Jonah Hill. He reunited with Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller and producer Judd Apatow for the film.

Brand starred in Julie Taymor's 2010 version of William Shakespeare's The Tempest, as Trinculo. In 2010, Brand voiced Dr. Nefario in the Universal movie Despicable Me, and reprised the role in the 2013 sequel. Brand also guest starred in The Simpsons episode "Angry Dad: The Movie" as himself. Brand also starred in the April 2011 live action/CGI animated film Hop with James Marsden, voicing the film's protagonist E.B. Hop opened at number one at the Friday box office in the US, earning $11.4 million. The same month, he played the title character in a remake of Arthur, written by Peter Baynham, which was a box-office disappointment. Brand starred as Lonny in a film adaptation of the 1980s-set musical Rock Of Ages, released in cinemas in June 2012.

Other projects Brand has been tied to include a remake of Drop Dead Fred, another Sandler film, in 2009; a Sandler-produced film about a con-man posing as a priest tentatively entitled Bad Father, co-written by Brand and Matt Morgan, in 2010; and a Warner Bros. film adaptation of the children's television programme Rentaghost in 2010, a project that was picked up by Fox Studios in 2011 with Ben Stiller attached.

In November 2016, Brand will voice Creek in the DreamWorks film Trolls. He also appears in the comedy Army of One with Nicolas Cage.

Brand has been said to dress in a "flamboyant bohemian fashion" and has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and bipolar disorder. He also suffered from bulimia, pornography addiction, and experienced a period of self-harming. Brand has described the concept of fame "like ashes" in his mouth.

Brand has shown interest in the Hare Krishna Movement and wrote in a 2007 Guardian column: "I say Hare Krishna as often as possible, sometimes even when I'm not being filmed". Additionally, during an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in October 2010, Brand talked about his love of Transcendental Meditation (TM). This love of TM was reaffirmed in a 2013 New Statesman editorial he wrote: "Through Transcendental Meditation, twice daily I feel the bliss of the divine... I connect to a boundless consciousness that has no palpable relationship with my thoughts, fears or desires."

He is an ardent supporter of West Ham United, and "hijacked" a BBC Sport live interview with the team's manager Sam Allardyce after the team defeated Manchester City at the Boleyn Ground on 25 October 2014, jumping in and kissing Allardyce on the cheek.

Brand lives in Shoreditch, London after previously residing in a $2.2 million mansion in Los Angeles.

Brand met singer Katy Perry in mid-2009 when she filmed a cameo for his film Get Him to the Greek, although the cameo was cut from the film. They began dating after meeting again at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in September, when Perry threw a water bottle at his head from across the room during rehearsal. The two became engaged on New Year's Eve 2009 during a holiday in India, and married there on 23 October 2010 in a Hindu ceremony, near the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan.

On 30 December 2011, Brand filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, which was finalized in July 2012. Perry's July 2012 autobiographical documentary, Katy Perry: Part of Me, revealed that conflicting career schedules and Perry not feeling ready to have children led to the end of their marriage. In June, Perry told Vogue that Brand did not like the idea of her "being the boss" of things, and the last time she heard from him was 31 December 2011, when he sent her an SMS message informing her he was divorcing her.

Days after his divorce was finalized, Brand told Howard Stern that he was extremely in love with Perry, but after marrying her realized “this isn't really working out … I was really, really in love with her, but it was difficult to see each other … it mostly didn't work for practical reasons." While Stern pressed for details, Brand declined, saying, "I don't want anything to hurt her. She’s younger than me, she’s a young woman and she’s beautiful and she’s sensitive and I care about her deeply." Brand, who married Perry without a prenuptial agreement, was eligible to claim half of the estimated $44 million she earned during their marriage, but declined.

From 2013 to 2014, Brand was in a relationship with Jemima Khan, an editor of the New Statesman, and a daughter of financier Sir James Goldsmith. In an interview with Jonathan Ross in late January 2014, Brand explained that he was "very, very happy" in a relationship that felt unlike anything he had previously experienced. In May 2014, Brand received libel damages from The Sun following a story the paper had printed in November 2013 alleging that he had cheated on Khan. Brand said he would be donating the unspecified damages to the Hillsborough Justice Campaign. Brand and Khan ended their relationship in September 2014.

In the October 2014 issue of Vanity Fair, Brand said of the allegations of misogyny made against him: "I have lived a life and had a frame of cultural references that make that charge quite legitimate... But as a person who’s trying to live a decent, spiritual life, misogyny is not part of my current palette of behaviors… In a way, redemption is a great part of my narrative. I’m talking about disavowing previous lives, previous beliefs, previous behaviors."

Since 2015 Brand has been in a relationship with model Laura Gallacher. On 9 May 2016, it was announced the couple are expecting their first child. The couple are engaged.

Russell Brand's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2007St Trinian'sFlash Harry
2008Forgetting Sarah MarshallAldous Snow
2008Bedtime StoriesMickey
2010Get Him to the GreekAldous Snow
2010Despicable MeDr. Nefario
2010The TempestTrinculo
2011HopE.B./"Hoff Knows Talent" Production Assistant
2011ArthurArthur Bach
2012Rock of AgesLonny Barnett
2012Katy Perry: Part of MeHimself
2013Despicable Me 2Dr. Nefario
2014A Royal HangoverHimself
2015The Emperor's New ClothesHimself
2016Army of OneGod[186][187]
2017Despicable Me 3Dr. Nefario

Russell Brand's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1994The BillBilly Case
2002White TeethMerlin
2002Cruise of the GodsGlynn (Woolly Hat Fan)
2004A Bear's Christmas TailMr. Wolf
Big Brother's Big MouthHost
2005A Bear's TailTony the Ringmaster
2006Russell Brand's Got IssuesHost
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year ("Anniversary Edition")Himself
2007The AbbeyTerry
2007Cold BloodAlly Parkins
Russell Brand's PonderlandHost
20082008 MTV Video Music AwardsHost
20092009 MTV Video Music AwardsHost
2011Big Time RushHimself
2011Saturday Night LiveHimself
20122012 MTV Movie AwardsHost
Brand X with Russell BrandHimself
2012Russell Brand: From Addiction to RecoveryHimself
2014Russell Brand: End the Drugs WarHimself

Memorable Quotes by Russell Brand

“It would have been convenient to be gay. Just because of the grooming, the narcissism, stuff like that. But I have this kind of roaring heterosexuality. Traditional, uncomplicated heterosexuality, an almost clichéd Robin Askwith thing. People have always said, are you gay? I've had a lot of that. But it's just not in me. I really like women a lot; I'm repulsed by men sexually.”

“In England, we have such good manners that if someone says something impolite, the police will get involved. Christian Bale, I believe whilst in a restaurant, rolled his eyes at the lighting. That is an offense punishable by five years in prison in the United Kingdom. I admire Christian Bale and I think he's one of the greatest living actors on the planet currently, but we cannot shirk when it comes to good manners. If it's true that he also dropped a napkin on his way to the lavatory, then I think that he should possibly receive the death penalty.”

“I've always had this impulse to be destructive. I have to say to myself, 'remember, you've got all these things to do - don't ruin it just for the moment.”

“What I think, whilst human beings are diverse and different, ultimately - Everyone knows what it is to be in love. Everyone knows what it is to find something funny. Everyone knows what it is to hate or to be jealous or feel insecure. We're made from the same basic stuff: 30 per cent of DNA the same as bananas, 60 per cent the same as worms and 98 per cent the same as chimpanzees, so we can't be that different from each other.”

“I think that most of the things achievable through drugs, certainly the things that people are trying to find through drugs, are accessible through other means - perhaps like meditation or prayer or contact through some kind of higher power.”

“I just try to see the beauty in things and people as often as I can. I know that's a challenging way to live your life sometimes, but mostly the world is beautiful and people are beautiful.”

Things You May Not Know About Russell Brand

Brand's writing debut, My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up, became a huge success in the United Kingdom. Subsequently published in the U.S. in 2009, it stayed on the New York Times' bestseller list for five weeks in a row.

Brand's first significant stand-up appearances came in 2000, the same year he also became a video journalist for MTV, a job which he was subsequently fired from.

Brand married the pop star Katy Perry in 2010 in a traditional Hindu ceremony in Rajasthan, India; after 14 months, Brand filed for a divorce, which was officially granted in 2012.

Brand became a popular British television star by appearing on Big Brother and hosting his own talk show and numerous other series.

Accepted by the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in 1991, he was expelled during his first year for bad behavior and drug use; by his own admission, he used a variety of illegal drugs and became addicted to heroin.

In 2010, Brand received the British Comedy Award for Outstanding Contribution to Comedy and was honored in 2011 with the ShoWest Award for Comedy Star of the Year.

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Russell Brand in Get Him to the Greek (2010)...
top picture with Jonah Hill... bottom picture with Colm Meaney.
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Brand in the 2011 remake of Arthur...
top picture with Nick Nolte... middle picture with Helen Mirren.
In Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)...
top picture with Jack McBrayer... middle and bottom pictures with Kristen Bell.
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In Rock of Ages (2012)... top picture with Alec Baldwin...
middle picture with Baldwin and Paul Giamatti.
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Brand in St. Trinian's (2007)... bottom picture with Rupert Everett.
Hamming it up in Brand X with Russell Brand (2012-2013).
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Russell Brand in Paradise (2013)...
top and bottom pictures with Octavia Spencer and Julianne Hough.