Russell Brand
English comedian and actor
Russell Brand
Russell Edward Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio and television presenter, singer, columnist, and author. In 2004, Brand achieved mainstream fame in the UK as the host of Big Brother's Big Mouth, a Big Brother spin-off. In 2007, he had his first major film role in St Trinian's. He became known in the United States in 2008, after his major role in Forgetting Sarah Marshall; the film led to a starring role in Get Him to the Greek in 2010.
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30 Beautiful Baby Names For Girls That Aren't Overdone
Huffington Post - 3 months
There are many ways to gauge a baby name’s popularity. Nameberry maintains the Nameberry Top 1000 Names list, based on the individual name pages that receive the most visitors.  Our top 1000 list may resemble the U.S. Social Security Administration’s top 1000 names list ― everybody loves Charlotte ― but a number of the most popular names on Nameberry will surely surprise. Especially the ones that don’t even crack the U.S. top 1000. What names do Nameberry fans love right now? Here are 30 examples for baby name inspiration: 1. Amara Nameberry Rank: 57 U.S. Rank: 461  Amara means “grace” in Igbo, though it also has meaning in Sanskrit, Mongolian, Italian, and even Esperanto. It’s a multicultural name that would wear well almost anywhere in the world. It’s catching on in the U.K. 2. Zara Nameberry Rank: 74 U.S. Rank: 402 Zara feels like a just-add-Z twist on Sara, but it likely has Arabic roots, as well as ties to literature and a Gilbert and Sullivan opere ...
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How Zayn Malik Is Shifting The Narrative Of Men With Eating Disorders
Huffington Post - 4 months
“Something I’ve never talked about in public before, but which I have come to terms with since leaving the band, is that I was suffering from an eating disorder.” These are the powerful words Zayn Malik shares in his new autobiography, Zayn. That’s right: one of the most visible and popular male pop stars (a man of color, at that) has admitted to having issues with food. This is huge. In an excerpt from the book posted by MTV on Tuesday, Malik admitted that his eating disorder was “quite serious,” exacerbated by the pressures of fame that came with being in the biggest boy band in the UK.  “It wasn’t as though I had any concerns about my weight or anything like that. I’d just go for days — sometimes two or three days straight — without eating anything at all,” Malik writes. “I think it was about control,” the singer added. “I didn’t feel like I had control over anything else in my life, but food was something I could control, so I did.” The history of male celebrities spe ...
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Russell Brand Mocks 'Wanton Baby' Donald Trump
Huffington Post - 4 months
Another day, another celebrity mocks Donald Trump. Russell Brand is following in his ex-wife Katy Perry’s footsteps in dissing the GOP presidential candidate. The British entertainer likened the brash businessman to a “wanton baby” during an interview on “The Jonathan Ross Show,” in footage set to be aired in the United Kingdom on Saturday night. He also recounted a bizarre meeting with Trump in his office, in which the former reality TV personality said Brand could take any one thing that he wanted. “I thought, that was a weird thing to say to someone, that’s like a Willy Wonka move, no?” said Brand, who interspersed his recounting of the story with impressions of Trump. “He (Trump) had Muhammad Ali’s heavyweight boxing belt on the wall and loads of good sports memorabilia,” Brand continued. “I thought I should have some of that but then I thought no, then he’ll have one over on me.” In the end, Brand just walked off with a pen. C ...
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Top 5 Worst Celeb Tattoos Of Their Exes
Huffington Post - 6 months
There have been many clues that pointed to Rihanna and Drake finally becoming an official couple. But nothing says it's the real deal like a tattoo. Rumor has it that Rihanna's latest tattoo of a shark is dedicated to Drake as their first date was at an aquarium where the Canadian rapper won Riri a stuffed shark. Love or hate Rihanna/s new tattoo? Compare anything with Wishbone While the tattoo looks cool, not all were taken with it and thought it was an overall bad idea to get inked for your bae. Who's to say it'll last? A wide list of celebrities have gotten a tattoo for their significant other only to break up. A permanent reminder on your body of your ex has got to be harsh! Here's some of the worst tattoos celebrities got for their love that didn't last. Justin Bieber vs. Amber Rose Worse: Justin Bieber's tattoo of Selena vs. Amber's tattoo of Wiz? Compare anything with Wishbone Justin Bieber and current girlfriends must go through an awkward ...
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Louis C.K. will perform at benefit supporting veterans with PTSD
Fox News - 12 months
Louis C.K. and Russell Brand will perform next month at a benefit supporting veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Radhanath Swami Enlightens at EY Diwali Showcase
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Visit Radhanath Swami's website: radhanathswami.com for more. Connect with Radhanath Swami on Facebook and Twitter. With the bright lights from the London skyline seeping into the ninth floor room at EY, one of the "big four" international professional services firms, Radhanath Swami gave his keynote address at their Diwali cultural showcase, "Life Beyond Borders". As is tradition, he began with the chanting of ancient mantras, which created a mood of serenity. Regardless of background, when the Swami folds his hands, and bursts the pin-drop silence with his elongated "Aum," you sense that something special is about to happen. Yeohan Kim, an actor with MTV, thought the same: "I heard about the Swami and his incredible story through Russell Brand and he didn't disappoint. His words were refreshing and were like nuggets of wisdom." The event was the first of Radhanath Swami's two-week tour of the UK, after which he will fly to Italy to celebrate his 65th birthday. He has al ...
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With no opposition, the Tories are free to do what they like | Nick Cohen
Guardian (UK) - about 1 year
While Iain Duncan Smith is still in office, compassion will be no part of the Conservative canon When you lose, you hand the ability to shape the future to your opponents. When you lose as badly as the British left has lost and is continuing to lose, you cease to matter. If, instead of Labour, the Conservatives had lost the last election, obituarists would have mentioned the role of food banks in their defeat. Food banks were to the Great Recession what hunger marches were to the Great Depression, a symbol of a society gone rotten. Labour denounced them as an affront to the conscience of the nation. Coronation Street included them in its storylines. Russell Brand rolled into one just before an appearance on Question Time. “I visited partly to learn about it, as a researcher told me there might be questions on them and first-hand knowledge would make me look good,” the Guevara of our age explained, “and partly because, y’know, I actually care.” Continue reading...
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The Lost in Showbiz quiz of 2015
Guardian (UK) - about 1 year
From Russell Brand’s double act with Ed Miliband to Lindsay Lohan’s offer of help to the needy, are you up to speed with the year’s celebrity goings-on? Continue reading...
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Russell Brand Goes Big And Loud On The Economy
NPR - about 1 year
The British entertainer clearly wants to borrow ideas from Michael Moore's metaphorical guidebook on economic jeremiads, but he mostly manages to grab from the least interesting chapters.
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Review: ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes,’ a Documentary About Income Inequality
NYTimes - about 1 year
This film from Russell Brand and Michael Winterbottom opens Wednesday, Dec. 16.
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What Don't We Get About Donald Trump's Humor?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Donald Trump is catching a certain amount of flack in the gotcha media this week for an act of satirical pantomimicry he performed, imitating a man with a congenital musculoskeletal disorder. I'm not sure if it will help or hurt Trump's political chances. It would be grossly insincere for me to pretend to understand what his supporters think. If you think Donald Trump would make a good president, I don't know where you draw the line, taste-wise. "Yes, he sometimes comes off a little insensitive. But in his defense, he is the worst person in the universe." Maybe that's a little strong. Jared from Subway is objectively worse. Although, unlike Donald Trump, who's never done anything that wasn't shoddy and base and cheap and vulgar and repulsive, Jared did encourage people to eat fresh. Plus you can't write off a whole candidacy over one inopportune comic impression. When George W. Bush was running in 1999, he imitated Karla Faye Tucker, a woman he'd executed: 'Please,' Bush whimp ...
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Russell Brand Details 'Vapid, Vacuous Celebrity' Life With Ex-Wife Katy Perry In New Doc
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Russell Brand has a new documentary coming out, called "BRAND: A Second Coming," and the entertainer isn't mincing words about the lavish life he shared with his ex-wife, singer Katy Perry.  The documentary, which premiered at SXSW a few months ago, shows Brand make the jump from Hollywood star to a political activist while married.   "Oh my f**king God. I’m living like this life ... the very thing I detest," says Brand while footage shows him and Perry walking by flashing cameras. "Vapid, vacuous celebrity." "Fame, power and money is bulls**t," he adds.  According to a HuffPost writer who previewed the film, Brand apparently has a hard time dealing with a visit to Nairobi, where children forage for food in a "rubbish dump," and then going back to a life where he attends glamorous parties with Perry. The couple later filed for divorce in 2011 after 14 months of marriage.  The rest of "BRAND" doesn't dwell on the couple's relationship, and Brand has said before ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Russell Brand
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 40
    In November 2016, Brand will voice Creek in the DreamWorks film Trolls.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 39
    On 20 August 2015, Brand released episode 366 of The Trews titled "Final Episode Of The Trews - Goodbye, Good Luck", which he said would be the final episode of the series.
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    Brand was not registered to vote in the 2015 election.
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    In June 2015, the Daily Mail revealed that Brand was selling sweatshirts stated to be British-made, while they were in fact made in Bangladesh by workers earning under US$1 per hour.
    More Details Hide Details He said that he was unaware of this, and had terminated his relationship with the manufacturer as a result. 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.
    On 29 April 2015, eight days ahead of the following month's general election, Brand published an interview with Labour leader Ed Miliband on an episode of The Trews as part of a Trews Politics Week series.
    More Details Hide Details Miliband claimed that he took part in order to win over people like Brand who do not vote, although his opponent David Cameron deemed the entire interview a "joke". The following day Brand released an interview with Green Party leader Natalie Bennett and Green MP Caroline Lucas, giving his support to Lucas in Brighton advising people there to vote Green adding that "In most cases it don’t matter if you don’t vote Green". He also criticized an election "set up not to represent people's wishes". Following these interviews, three days before the election, Brand released the final episode of The Trews Politics Week entitled "Emergency: VOTE To Start Revolution" releasing additional material from his discussion with Ed Miliband and stating "I think we've got no choice but to take decisive action to end the danger of the Conservative party". He dropped his anti-voting position and "declared the importance of voting", backing Labour and telling his fans that "You gotta vote Labour", although he admitted "that he couldn't be sure of the reality of what a Labour government would mean". He has also stated that Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg is "a nice chap".
    Brand and director Michael Winterbottom worked together to produce a documentary, The Emperor's New Clothes, that had its international premiere on 24 April 2015 at the Tribeca Film Festival.
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    In March 2015, readers of Prospect magazine voted Brand the fourth-most influential thinker in the world, behind Thomas Piketty, Yanis Varoufakis, and Naomi Klein.
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    In March 2015, Brand announced he would use money from his Revolution book to open a café, the Trew Era Cafe on the New Era estate in the London Borough of Hackney, which would employ recovering drug addicts.
    More Details Hide Details The café opened on 26 March.
    Brand launched a twice weekly podcast called The Russell Brand Podcast on 25 February 2015, through audioBoom.
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    In January 2015, during the television show Channel 4's Big Fat Anniversary Quiz, Brand insulted politician Ed Balls, calling him a "clicky-wristed snidey cunt".
    More Details Hide Details Balls responded by calling Brand a "pound shop Ben Elton."
    In 2015 a biographical documentary called Brand: A Second Coming was released.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2014
    Age 38
    Brand made his children's book debut in November 2014 with Russell Brand's Trickster Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin.
    More Details Hide Details It is the first installment of an intended series, featuring illustrations by Chris Riddell. In The Guardian, reviewer Lucy Mangan noted: “The on-Brand need to be noticed is there on every page, his unwillingness to get out of the way of the story tripping the reader up at every turn” and adding that Chris Riddell’s illustrations “give the book a beauty it does not deserve and a coherence the text does not deliver”. Nicholas Tucker, in The Independent, was even less impressed, noting the book's "wearingly offensive" language, and writing: Were it not for his celebrity, this book in manuscript would surely have been returned to its author by any publisher along perhaps with some kindly advice for seeking out an anger-management course. But Brand’s take on The Pied Piper of Hamelin is the first of a series of riffs on traditional fairy and folk tales. If they are all as bad as this one, British children’s books will have hit a new low.
    On 2 December 2014, Brand joined East London residents to protest over the increase in rents at the New Era housing estate.
    More Details Hide Details During a protest for the New Era residents, Channel 4 News reporter Paraic O'Brien continually pushed Brand to answer questions about the value of his own property, which is rented. The line of questioning irritated Brand, who ended up calling the reporter a "snide"—the short clip went viral on YouTube. Later that month, on 11 December, Brand appeared on the BBC's Question Time programme which included the UK Independence Party's leader Nigel Farage as one of the other panellists. Brand called Farage "a pound shop Enoch Powell" on-air, and the two men continued to trade insults after the programme had ended. In the wake of the Question Time episode, one journalist concluded that neither Brand nor Farage emerged victorious, with the former accused of "preaching", while a supporter of Brand wrote that the comedian was out of his element: "I'm not saying he didn't make an impact. I agree with most of what he has to say, and I'm glad he was on Question Time—in the heart of the establishment—saying it. But in terms of his performance or identity, he looks caught between two stools."
    BBC Three commissioned Brand to make a documentary on the global "War on Drugs", which aired on 26 November 2014.
    More Details Hide Details The film, titled Russell Brand: End the Drugs War, shows him exploring the illicit drug policies of other countries in search of a compassionate approach to people who use illicit drugs. Brand explains in the documentary, "People think compassion is 'wet liberalism'; it's not, it's pragmatic". Brand worked with the Matchlight Ltd production company, director Ross Wilson and executive producer Liz Hartford.
    In a November 2014 YouGov poll, involving a selection of celebrities, Brand was chosen as the one with the most negative influence on political debate (46%).
    More Details Hide Details The poll also found that 60% of poll participants disliked him and 28% liked him. Shortly afterward, Brand appeared on Newsnight again, but was interviewed by Evan Davis on this occasion. Asked about 9/11 conspiracy theories and whether the attacks were perpetuated by the American government, Brand commented: "we have to remain open-minded to that kind of possibility", although this section of the interview ended with Brand insisting that he did not "want to talk about daft conspiracy theories." Hadley Freeman in The Guardian mocked the opinions he expressed in the interview: "I’m not entirely sure where he thinks he’s going to go with this revolution idea because SPOILER! revolution is not going to happen."
    In October 2014, at the time Brand's book Revolution was published, John Lydon (also known as "Johnny Rotten" of the Sex Pistols), in an interview with Polly Toynbee of The Guardian, said that Brand's advocacy of non-voting is "the most idiotic thing I’ve ever heard."
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    In September 2014, Brand lent his support to the Fire Brigades Union, giving a speech at the union's rally against cuts in London and asking the public to support the firefighters.
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    In June 2014, he took part in the People's Assembly Against Austerity, that attracted an estimated 50,000 people marching from the BBC office to Westminster.
    More Details Hide Details Brand addressed the crowd, saying, "The people of this building House of Commons generally speaking do not represent us, they represent their friends in big business. It's time for us to take back our power. Power isn't there, it is here, within us. The revolution that's required isn't a revolution of radical ideas, but the implementation of ideas we already have."
    Brand launched his YouTube series The Trews: True News with Russell Brand on 27 February 2014, in which he "analyses the news, truthfully, spontaneously and with great risk to his personal freedom."
    More Details Hide Details In addition to news analysis, he regularly has guests on the show, including economists, journalists and activists. By the end of the year, more than 200 episodes had been released on the channel.
    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...
    More Details Hide Details 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 behaviours." The media published articles on Brand during his drug-using period, typically in relation to incidents, and his public profile has since been associated with this era. Drug-related issues led to Brand's arrest on 12 occasions. Brand was ejected from the Gilded Balloon in Edinburgh, Scotland and following a subsequent show in the city in 2004, a reviewer stated that "you'd rather hug him than hit him", as he had embraced recovery by this point. Following the cessation of his use, Brand revealed through his stand-up performances that he introduced his drug dealer to Kylie Minogue during his time at MTV and masturbated a stranger in a public toilet for a television programme. In January 2014, Brand described his first experience with heroin as "blissful".
    Brand and Khan ended their relationship in September 2014.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Brand said he would be donating the unspecified damages to the Hillsborough Justice Campaign.
    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.
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    In January 2014, Brand was invited by the Cambridge Union Society to participate in an interview, held in the Union's debating chamber with Leo Kirby, the Union's 2014 Speakers' Officer.
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  • 2013
    Age 37
    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.
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    In the issue of the New Statesman, published on 24 October 2013, Brand's essay explained his objection to the destruction of earth through greed and exploitation, and called for a change in consciousness to accompany political and economic measures to achieve a more sustainable future.
    More Details Hide Details Nick Cohen in The Guardian commented about Brand: "He writes as if he is a precocious prepubescent rather than an adolescent: a child, born after the millennium, who can behave as if we never lived through the 20th century." British commentator Joan Smith dismissed Brand as the "canny self-publicist" who indulges in "waffle about 'revolution'" as "one celebrity, I'm afraid, who's more idiot than savant." Former Independent editor Simon Kelner largely defended his appearance on Newsnight: "It sounded rather attractive, even if it wasn't exactly worked through. But Brand's rhetorical flourishes made up for the lack of detail". A few months later, documentary film maker Adam Curtis, in an interview for the New Humanist magazine, questioned Brand's advocacy of not voting in elections: "Who benefits from that? The unelected powerful, because you’re emotionally and psychologically disempowering politicians. The only power politicians have is the collective confidence we have in them. The most radical thing is to recapture the idea you can change the world."
    On 23 October 2013, Brand was interviewed by Jeremy Paxman for the BBC's Newsnight and was challenged about his call for "revolution" and whether someone who had never voted could edit a political magazine.
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    In June 2013, Brand appeared in a video in support of Chelsea Manning.
    More Details Hide Details Since 2013, Brand has appeared more frequently as a campaigner for serious issues rather than an entertainer.
  • 2012
    Age 36
    Part of this testimony was included in a BBC Three documentary, Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery, that aired in December 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Brand said he felt compelled to make the film after the 2011 death of close friend Amy Winehouse, and he used the opportunity to also question how British society "deals with addicts and addiction."
    In April 2012, Brand testified in front of a parliamentary committee about drug addiction, sharing his experiences and view that drugs should be decriminalised.
    More Details Hide Details He said, "I'm not a legal expert. I'm saying that, to a drug addict, the legal aspect is irrelevant. If you need to get drugs, you will. The criminal and legal status, I think, sends the wrong message. Being arrested isn't a lesson, it's just an administrative blip."
    Brand was selected by the Dalai Lama to host the Buddhist leader's 2012 youth event in Manchester.
    More Details Hide Details The Dalai Lama's representatives explained that Brand was selected because he had proved "the power of spirituality to effect change in his own life", while Brand stated to the BBC after the event: "I said yes because he's the living incarnation of Buddha and I thought, if you're around the Dalai Lama, that can only be good for your spiritual quest through life. He's an amazing diplomat, an incredible activist, a wonderful human being and an inspiration to us all."
    On 15 March 2012, an arrest warrant was issued for Brand in New Orleans, U.S., because of allegations that he had thrown a photographer's mobile phone through a window.
    More Details Hide Details The paparazzo was taking pictures of Brand with an iPhone when Brand wrestled the device from his hands and tossed it at a law firm's window. The warrant cited "simple criminal damage to property", leading Brand, who offered to pay for the replacement of the window, to voluntarily appear at a police station. Brand was filming a movie in New Orleans at the time of the incident. Brand was ejected from the GQ Awards show on 3 September 2013 after receiving the "Oracle" award. In his acceptance speech, he mentioned sponsor Hugo Boss' former business making uniforms for the Nazi regime. Brand said, "They Nazis did look fucking fantastic, let's face it" before he goose stepped across the stage in a comical imitation of the Nazi march. Brand was eventually ejected from the event after GQ editor Dylan Jones confronted Brand with his view that the speech was "very offensive"—Brand replied by saying that the Nazis' treatment of the Jewish people was "very offensive". Brand was later given the opportunity to reflect on the award night on the Guardian website:
  • 2011
    Age 35
    On 30 December 2011, Brand filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, which was finalized in July 2012.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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. 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.
  • 2010
    Age 34
    On 16 September 2010, Brand was arrested on suspected battery charges after he allegedly attacked a paparazzo who blocked his and then-fiancée Katy Perry's way to catch a flight at Los Angeles International Airport.
    More Details Hide Details The paparazzo placed Brand under citizen's arrest until the police arrived and he was released from custody the next day after posting US$20,000 bail.
  • 2009
    Age 33
    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.
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    In April 2009, he attended the 2009 G-20 London summit protests and spoke to the press.
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    In February 2009, Brand and several other entertainers wrote to The Times in defense of Bahá'í leaders, who were on trial in Iran at the time.
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    In January 2009, Brand participated in a celebrity letter to The Independent—as a supporter of the Hoping Foundation—to condemn Israel's assault on Gaza, and the "cruel and massive loss of life of the citizens of Gaza".
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  • 2008
    Age 32
    In an episode of the show broadcast on 18 October 2008, Brand and fellow Radio 2 DJ Jonathan Ross made a series of phone calls to actor Andrew Sachs in which Brand alleged on air that he had had sex with Sachs' granddaughter.
    More Details Hide Details Sunday tabloid The Mail on Sunday broke the story and regarded the phone calls as obscene. Both presenters were later suspended by the BBC because of the incident, and Brand resigned from his show. The BBC was later fined £150,000 by Britain's broadcast regulator for airing the calls. Brand returned to radio when he and Noel Gallagher hosted a football talk show on 19 April 2009 for Talksport which led to a 250 percent boost in web traffic. Brand returned to Talksport on 9 October 2010, with a Saturday night show that lasted 20 weeks. The show featured clips and back-stage recordings from his Booky Wook 2 promotional tour. Brand was joined by a host of guests, including Noel Gallagher and Jonathan Ross.
    As of October 2008, Brand's own production company is called Vanity Projects.
    More Details Hide Details The company's most recent production, Russell Brand Doing Life, was released in 2009. Brand also established his own production company in 2011 with friend Nik Linnen. Called 'Branded Films', the company operates from the Warner Bros. studios in Burbank, California, United States. The company's primary focus is to develop films that Brand stars in. Brand's radio career began in early 2002, when he hosted a Sunday afternoon show with Matt Morgan on London's Indie Rock station Xfm. Brand was fired from the job after reading pornographic material live on-air. Brand co-hosted The Russell Brand Show beginning in on BBC Radio 6 Music. In November 2006, the show transferred to BBC Radio 2 and aired on Saturdays from 9 – 11pm. The show regularly drew about 400,000 listeners.
    The book was published on 16 October 2008, and also includes Brand interviewing Noel Gallagher, James Corden, and David Baddiel about football.
    More Details Hide Details From 2006 until 2009, Brand wrote a column for The Guardian that focused on West Ham United and the England national football team. A collection of the columns from 2006 and 2007 was released in a book entitled Irons in the Fire. Brand continues to write articles for The Guardian that offer his perspectives on current events and pop culture, including the deaths of Amy Winehouse and Robin Williams. Following the 2011 London riots, Brand wrote a column in which he criticized the government's response to the riots in Summer 2011 as a failure to address the root causes.
    Brand signed a £1.8 million two-book deal with HarperCollins in June 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The first book, Articles of Faith, examined Brand's philosophy and consisted of a collection of columns from The Guardian which first appeared there in 2007 and 2008.
    Brand starred alongside Adam Sandler in the Disney film Bedtime Stories, which was released on 25 December 2008.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Brand starred as Lonny in a film adaptation of the 1980s-set musical Rock Of Ages, released in cinemas in June 2012.
    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).
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    Also in 2008, Brand hosted a one-off stand up comedy show called Comedy Live Presents: Russell Brand and Friends, which was shown on Channel 4 on 25 January 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Brand returned to host the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, on 13 September 2009, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The ratings for the 2009 show were the best since the 2004 VMAs. On 12 February 2011, Brand guest hosted an episode of the hit American sketch comedy Saturday Night Live. Brand also hosted the 2012 MTV Movie Awards. 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.
    His comments at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards led to Brand receiving death threats from some offended viewers.
    More Details Hide Details Brand claimed that MTV asked him to host the 2009 awards after the ratings for the 2008 show were 20 percent higher than the previous year.
    Brand was later announced as the host of the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), which drew skepticism from the American media, as he was relatively unknown to the American public.
    More Details Hide Details Brand's appearance led to controversy for numerous reasons. He said the night "marked the launch of a very new Britney Spears era", referring to it as "the resurrection of Spears". He also said, "If there was a female Christ, it's Britney". Brand implored the audience to elect Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and later called then–U.S. President George W. Bush "a retarded cowboy fella", who, in England, "wouldn't be trusted with scissors". He also made several references to the purity rings worn by the Jonas Brothers, but apologized for the comments later in the show.
  • 2007
    Age 31
    The film features archival footage with appearances by Brand in London and New York City, examining the financial crisis of 2007-2008 and global economic inequality.
    More Details Hide Details The documentary is produced by Brand's Revolution Films company and distributed by StudioCanal UK.
    On 12 December 2007, BBC Four aired Russell Brand On the Road, a documentary presented by Brand and Matt Morgan about the writer Jack Kerouac and his novel On the Road.
    More Details Hide Details Brand returned to Channel 4 to host Russell Brand's Ponderland, in which he discussed topics like childhood and science through stand-up comedy. The show first aired on 22 October 2007 and continued for the next five nights. A second series began on 30 October 2008. The show ran for 12 episodes over the two series.
    On 7 July 2007, he presented at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium, London.
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    Brand hosted the 2007 BRIT Awards and presented Oasis with an "Outstanding Contribution to Music" award at the event.
    More Details Hide Details He also hosted one hour of Comic Relief.
    His second nationwide tour, in 2007, was called Russell Brand: Only Joking and released on DVD as Russell Brand: Doin' Life.
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    In December 2007, Brand performed for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip as an act in the 2007 Royal Variety Performance.
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    In March 2007, he co-hosted an evening of the Teenage Cancer Trust gigs with Noel Fielding.
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    In 2007, he had his first major film role in St Trinian's, and the following year he landed a major role in the romantic comedy-drama Forgetting Sarah Marshall; the film led to him starring in a spin off, the rock comedy Get Him to the Greek, alongside Jonah Hill in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He also worked as a voice actor in the animated films Despicable Me in 2010, Hop in 2011, and Despicable Me 2 in 2013, and played the title character of the 2011 remake of the romantic comedy Arthur. In 2013, he released the successful stand-up special Messiah Complex. Since guest editing an edition of British political weekly New Statesman in 2013, Brand has become known as a public activist and campaigner, and has spoken on a wide range of political and cultural issues, including wealth inequality, addiction, corporate capitalism, climate change, and media bias. This includes a much publicised interview with Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman in 2013, in which he disparaged the British political system as ineffectual, encouraged the British electorate not to vote, and endorsed an egalitarian revolution to replace the status quo. In 2014, Brand launched his political-comedy web series The Trews, released a book entitled Revolution, and began work on a documentary about financial inequality with Michael Winterbottom.
  • 2006
    Age 30
    Brand appeared in a sketch and performed stand-up at Amnesty International's Secret Policeman's Ball in 2006 and again at the 2012 edition at Radio City Music Hall.
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    He launched his first nationwide tour, Shame, in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Brand drew on embarrassing incidents in his own life and the coverage about him in the tabloid press. The show was released on DVD as Russell Brand: Live.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2004
    Age 28
    In 2004, he took his first one-man show, the confessional Better Now, to the Edinburgh Festival, giving what he claimed was an honest account of his heroin addiction.
    More Details Hide Details He returned the following year with Eroticised Humour.
  • 2001
    Age 25
    Brand was fired several days after coming to work dressed as Osama bin Laden the day after the 11 September 2001 attacks and bringing his drug dealer to the MTV studios.
    More Details Hide Details After leaving MTV, Brand starred in RE:Brand, a documentary and comedy television program that aimed to take a challenging look at cultural taboos. It was conceived, written, and hosted by Brand, with the help of his comic partner on many projects, Matt Morgan. The series was shown on the now-defunct digital satellite channel UK Play in 2002. In 2004, he hosted Big Brother's Eforum on E4, a sister show to Big Brother 5. The show gave celebrity guests and the public the chance to have their say on the goings-on inside the Big Brother house. For Big Brother 6, the show's name changed to Big Brother's Big Mouth. Following Celebrity Big Brother 5, Brand said he would not return to host the Big Brother 8 series of Big Brother's Big Mouth. In a statement, Brand thanked all the producers for "taking the risk of employing an ex-junkie twerp" to front the show. Of his time presenting the show, he said, "The three years I've spent on Big Brother's Big Mouth have been an unprecedented joy". Brand hosted a one-off special called Big Brother According to Russell Brand, in which Brand took a surreal, sideways look at Big Brother through the ages. On 8 January 2008, Brand was the fifth celebrity to "hijack" the Big Brother house, in the E4 show Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack.
  • 2000
    Age 24
    Brand performed stand-up at the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year final in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Although he finished fourth, his performance attracted the attention of Gagged and Bound Comedy Ltd agent Nigel Klarfeld. That year, he also made his Edinburgh debut as one-third of the stand-up show Pablo Diablo's Cryptic Triptych, alongside ventriloquist Mark Felgate and Anglo-Iranian comic Shappi Khorsandi.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1991
    Age 15
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1975
    Born
    Born on June 4, 1975.
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