Russell Brand

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Russell Brand

English comedian, actor, columnist, singer, author and radio add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1975.

Countries: United Kingdom (46%), United States (37%), UK (5%)

Main connections: MTV, Matt Morgan (comedian), Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Linked to: Time Out, The Observer, Democratic Party,




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Russell Brand was born in 1975 add something


In 1991, he was accepted to the Italia Conti Academy, and his tuition was funded by Essex council for his introductory year with potential funding for three additional years add something


In 1995, Brand applied for both the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the Drama Centre London and was accepted to Drama Centre add something


Brand's first presenting role came in 2000 as a video journalist on MTV add something


Brand's first significant stand-up appearance was at the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year final in 2000 add something


However, Brand was fired 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 add something


After leaving MTV, Brand starred in " in 2002 add something


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 add something


In 2002, Brand appeared on the TV shows "Cruise of the Gods" and "White Teeth" add something


Brand was ejected from the Gilded Balloon in Edinburgh, and he infamously introduced his drug dealer to Kylie Minogue during his time at MTV. He has abstained from drug use since 2003 and is now a patron of the addiction charity Focus 12 add something


In 2004, Brand achieved mainstream fame in the UK as the host of "Big Brother's Big Mouth", a "Big Brother" spin-off add something


In 2004, he hosted "Big Brother's Eforum" on E4, a sister show to "Big Brother 5" add something


In 2004, he took his first one-man show, the confessional "Better Now" to the Edinburgh Festival, giving an honest account of his heroin addiction add something


In 2005, he played Tommy in the BBC sitcom "Blessed", which was written and directed by "Young Ones" creator Ben Elton add something


Karl Pilkington - In December 2005, Pilkington stood in for two BBC 6 Music shows for Nemone, and co-presented the shows with Russell Brand


Brand appeared in a sketch and performed stand-up at the 2006 "Secret Policeman's Ball" add something


Brand had a small role in the 2006 movie "Penelope", though his first major film role was as Flash Harry in the 2007 film "St Trinian's" add something


Brand next returned to MTV in the spring of 2006 as presenter of the chat show "1 Leicester Square", which initially aired at 8 pm on Sundays before being shifted to a post-watershed time of 10 pm on Mondays, allowing for a more adult-oriented theme add something


Brand presented the 2006 NME awards add something


He launched his first nationwide tour, "Shame", in 2006 add something


His dating life won him "The Sun"'s Shagger Of The Year award in 2006, 2007, and 2008 add something


From May 2006 till May 2009, Brand wrote a column for "The Guardian" that focused on West Ham United and the England national football team add something


Little Britain - A special live version, featuring appearances from celebrities such as Russell Brand and Dennis Waterman was filmed in 2006 and appeared on 2007's Comic Relief show


Noel Gallagher - Gallagher stated in a 2006 radio interview with Russell Brand that he does not believe in God or "an all-guiding force


Trevor Lock - In 2006 he performed a one-off hour of stand-up Edinburgh Fringe show, "When I was a Little Girl - The Very Best of Trevor Lock", at the Gilded Balloon Teviot Wine Bar, Edinburgh and appeared in "Cloud Cuckooland", a work-in-progress for a forthcoming BBC Radio show with Russell Brand and Matt Morgan, at the Smirnoff 'Underbelly', Cowgate


Matt Morgan (comedian) - Morgan was the co-host of "The Russell Brand Show" from its initial conception in 2006 on BBC 6 Music until its finish after Brand's resignation due to the prank telephone calls row


Trevor Lock - In September 2006, Lock was arrested by Lothian and Borders Police and charged with the alleged rape of a 20 year old student at Russell Brand's flat on the 28th of August, during the Edinburgh Festival


Russell Howard - From November 2006 to July 2008, Russell co-hosted "The Russell Howard Show" on BBC 6 Music with fellow comedian Jon Richardson in a Sunday morning slot previously hosted by Russell Brand


A collection of the columns from through was released on 2007 in a book titled "Irons in the Fire" add something


Brand's autobiography, "My Booky Wook", published by Hodder & Stoughton, was released on 2007 and received favourable reviews add something


In , Brand performed for HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip as an act in the 2007 Royal Variety Performance add something


In 2007, Brand appeared in "Cold Blood" for ITV, playing an ex-con called Ally add something


In 2007, he had his first major film role in "St Trinian's" add something


On 2007, he presented at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium, London add something


The show first aired on 2007, and continued for the next five nights add something


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" add something


On the Road - In 2007, BBC Four aired " Russell Brand On the Road", a documentary presented by Russell Brand and Matt Morgan about Kerouac, focusing on "On the Road"


Celia Imrie - She appeared in "St Trinian's" in 2007 as the Matron, alongside Stephen Fry, Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Russell Brand and Mischa Barton


Michael Winterbottom - The film, hosted by comedian Russell Brand, looks at the financial crisis of 2007-2008 and global economic inequality


Neil Cole - Neil returned to the stand-up circuit as a solo comic in February 2007, and supported Russell Brand on his UK Tour over the summer 2007, as well as MCing live music events at the Royal Albert Hall


A second series began on 2008, drawing more than a million viewers, and was broadcast every Thursday night for four weeks, plus a Christmas special that aired in December add something


Brand starred alongside Adam Sandler in the Disney film "Bedtime Stories", which was released on Christmas Day 2008 add something


Brand was later announced as the host of the 2008 MTV Video Music awards, which drew scepticism from the American media, as he was relatively unknown to the American public add something


He achieved American fame when he starred in the 2008 film "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", in which he played Aldous Snow, the boyfriend of the title character add something


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 add something


He contributed two songs to the soundtrack of the 2008 film "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" in which he appeared as Aldous Snow, lead singer of the fictional band Infant Sorrow add something


In 2008, he resigned from the BBC following prank calls he made to actor Andrew Sachs on "The Russell Brand Show", which led to major changes to the BBC's policy add something


In an episode of the show broadcast on 2008, Brand and fellow Radio 2 DJ Jonathan Ross made a series of phone calls to actor Andrew Sachs that crudely discussed Sachs' granddaughter add something


Noel Gallagher - In 2008 it was announced that Gallagher would sell his home in Ibiza located near fellow musician James Blunt's, saying while in Los Angeles on the Russell Brand BBC Radio 2 show that he "Can't stand living there in the knowledge that Blunt is nearby making terrible music


Laura Marling - In 2008 she appeared on Russell Brand's Radio 2 show alongside her sister


Nigel Barker (photographer) - Nigel appeared as a celebrity judge for the 2008 Miss America Pageant and had cameo roles on several TV series including, The Young & The Restless, Privileged, Stylista, Style Her Famous and Ugly Betty, as well as a cameo role in the feature film "Arthur" , with Jennifer Garner, Russell Brand, Nick_Nolte and Helen Mirren


Forgetting Sarah Marshall - "'Forgetting Sarah Marshall"' is a 2008 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Nicholas Stoller and starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Russell Brand


Paul Garner (comedian) - In January 2008, Garner appeared on Russell Brand's "Celebrity Hijack" and, masquerading as a disgruntled cameraman, barricaded himself into the "Big Brother" house and had to be forcibly ejected by Russell and a pair of security guards


Andrew Sachs - On 25 October 2008, the BBC apologised to Sachs and his agent following criticism that Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross had made several obscene phone calls to him during an episode of "The Russell Brand Show" recorded on 16 October and broadcast two days later, on which Sachs had agreed to appear


Brand hosted the 2009 MTV Video Music awards on 2009, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City add something


The ratings for the 2009 show were the best since the 2004 VMAs add something


Brand returned to talkSPORT in 2010, with a Saturday night show that will last 20 weeks add something


He worked as a voice actor for animated films "Despicable Me" in 2010 and "Hop" in 2011 add something


The couple married on 2010 in a traditional Hindu ceremony, near the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan, India, the same location where Brand proposed add something


On 16 September 2010, Brand was arrested on suspected battery charges after he allegedly attacked a paparazzo who blocked his and then-fiancé Katy Perry's way to catch a flight at the Los Angeles International Airport add something


He married American pop singer Katy Perry in October 2010; they separated in December 2011 and were divorced the following year add something


Judd Apatow - In 2010, Apatow served as producer on the "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" spin-off "Get Him to the Greek" with Russell Brand reprising his role and Jonah Hill returning from the original film, albeit as a different character


Jake Johnson - In 2010, Johnson was cast in a small role in the Russell Brand comedy, "Get Him to the Greek"


Matt Morgan (comedian) - When Brand returned to talk radio in the Autumn of 2010, Morgan rejoined "The Russell Brand Show"


Get Him to the Greek - "'Get Him to the Greek"' is a 2010 American rock comedy film written, produced and directed by Nicholas Stoller and starring Jonah Hill and Russell Brand


Forgetting Sarah Marshall - A spin-off released June 4, 2010 reuniting director Stoller and producer Judd Apatow with stars Russell Brand and Jonah Hill


Lydia Cornell - On December 4, 2010, Cornell hosted the live stream for Variety's Power of Comedy event at The Nokia Center, honoring Russell Brand, and benefiting the Noreen Fraser Foundation


He starred in the 2011 remake of the 1981 Dudley Moore film "Arthur" add something


PETA named him 2011's Sexiest Vegetarian add something


On 12 February 2011, Brand guest hosted an episode of the hit American sketch comedy "Saturday Night Live" add something


Brand was deported from Japan on 22 May 2011 when he arrived with Perry to perform her California Dreams tour add something


Brand lives in Los Angeles and a vegan since October 2011 add something


After 14 months of marriage, Brand filed for divorce from Perry on 30 December 2011 in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences add something


Cathy Dennis - In 2011 Dennis had a cut on the soundtrack for the remake of the film "Arthur" starring Russell Brand, the song was called "Can't Buy You" and was produced by Mark Ronson


Motorpoint Arena Sheffield - The arena is a regular venue for some of the worlds best known Comedians such as Russell Brand, Lee Evans, Ricky Tomlinson, John Bishop, Ricky Gervais and Peter Kay who in 2011 played the arena for 5 nights running with all shows selling out within hours of going on sale


Arthur (1981 film) - A poorly received remake starring Russell Brand was released in April 2011


Arthur Bach - A poorly received remake starring Russell Brand was released in April 2011


Larry King - In December 2011, preceding a CNN Special on the topic, the Kings had a special dinner with friends Conan O'Brien, Tyra Banks, Shaquille O'Neal, Seth MacFarlane, Jack Dorsey, Quincy Jones and Russell Brand where his intent to do so was reiterated, among other topics that were discussed


On 15 March 2012, an arrest warrant was issued for Brand in New Orleans after allegations that he had grabbed a photographer's mobile phone and threw it through a window add something


Brand starred as Lonny in a movie adaption of '80s-set musical "Rock Of Ages", released in cinemas in June 2012 add something


Brand performed in the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games on 12 August 2012, singing "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and The Beatles song "I Am the Walrus" add something


Aubrey Powell (designer) - In 2012 he directed Eric Idle, Russell Brand, Eddie_Izzard, Billy Connolly, Tracey Ullman and Jane Leeves in a film of the Eric Idle play "What About Dick-"


In June 2013, Brand appeared in a video showing support for Bradley Manning add something


On 18 June 2013 Business Insider wrote about his appearance on the MSNBC program "Morning Joe" add something


During his award speech at the GQ Men of the Year ceremony that occurred on 3 September 2013, Brand delivered a joke about sponsor Hugo Boss and the designer's relationship with the Nazis, and was consequently ejected from the event add something


Brand received the 'Oracle' award and later wrote of his experience for the "Guardian" publication on 13 September 2013 add something


In October 2013, it was announced that Brand would be the guest-editor of an issue of the "New Statesman" magazine coming out late that month add something


On 23 October 2013, Brand sat for an interview with Jeremy Paxman on the BBC's "Newsnight" programme during which he was repeatedly challenged about his call for "revolution" and whether someone who had never voted in his life could edit a political magazine add something


In the issue, published on 24 October 2013, Brand's essay explained his objection to the destruction of earth by greedy exploiters and calling for a change in consciousness to accompany political and economic measures to achieve a more sustainable future add something


In November 2013 Brand released his latest stand up DVD "Messiah Complex" marking a difference in both tone and material as Brand takes on political themes add something


Robert Webb (actor) - Webb has stated that he is a supporter of the Labour Party, and rejoined in 2013 in protest at Russell Brand's interview on Newsnight


Kasabian - Tim Carter joined Kasabian as a touring guitarist, first performing with the band on 6 March 2013 at Russell Brand's Give It Up for Comic Relief, comedy and music gig at Wembley Arena


Mika Brzezinski - On June 17, 2013, comedian Russell Brand was invited to appear on "Morning Joe", hosted by Brzezinski and two co-hosts, Katty Kay and Brian Shactman, to talk about his world comedy tour "Messiah Complex


Hugo Boss - In September 2013 Russell Brand highlighted the company's war record in an acceptance speech


Brand launched the YouTube series "THE TREWS: True News with Russell Brand" on 27 February 2014, in which Brand "analyses the news, truthfully, spontaneously and with great risk to his personal freedom" add something


Brand cites his practice of TM as a significant factor in his recovery from drug dependence and, as of April 2014, he has been drug-free for slightly more than a decade add something


As of 8 April 2014, 29 episodes of "The Trews" have been published on the channel add something


In May 2014 Brand received libel damages from "The Sun" following a story they had printed in November 2013 alleging that he had cheated on Khan add something


As of 5 September 2014, 141 episodes of "The Trews" have been published on the channel add something


In October 2014, his book "Revolution" was published add something


In a profile in the October 2014 issue of "Vanity Fair", Brand said of the charge of misogyny made against him: "As for the misogyny thing, I have lived a life and had a frame of cultural references that make that charge quite legitimate add something


As of 3 October 2014, 160 episodes of "The Trews" have been published on the channel add something


He is a fan of West Ham United, and hijacked a BBC Sport interview with the team's manager Sam Allardyce after they defeated Manchester City at the Boleyn Ground on 25 October 2014 add something


Brand will be making his children's book debut in November 2014 with "Russell Brand's Trickster Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin" add something


In December 2014, he joined East London residents protesting the increase in rents in New Era housing estate add something


On 2 December 2014, Brand joined East London residents to protest over the increase in rents at the New Era housing estate add something


As of 11 December 2014, 209 episodes of "The Trews" have been published on the channel add something


Jon Snow - In early 2014, he had a heated debate with comedian and actor Russell Brand who appeared in a Channel 4 interview about his petition for a debate on the UK drug laws


Brand launched a twice weekly podcast called "The Russell Brand Podcast" on February 25, 2015 through audioBoom add something


In March 2015, Brand used money from his "Revolution" book to open a café, the Trew Era Cafe on the New Era estate in London Borough of Hackney add something


Brand and director Michael Winterbottom worked together to produce a documentary, "The Emperor's New Clothes", that is scheduled to make its international premiere on 24 April 2015 at the Tribeca Film Festival add something


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 add something


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 add something


Claudia Winkleman - In 2015, she appeared on The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz with Russell Brand, Noel Fielding, Jonathan Ross, Warwick Davis and Jack Whitehall


Matt Morgan (comedian) - Morgan reunited with Brand and Mr Gee for "The Russell Brand Podcast", which began in February 2015 on audioBoom


On 9 May 2016 it was announced the couple are expecting their first child add something


Film - In November 2016, Brand will voice Creek in the DreamWorks film "Trolls" add something


In January 2017 Brand announced his new show "Re:Birth" which will debut in April 2017 and will run until November 2018 add something


In May 2017, whilst writing for "The Huffington Post", Brand said Jeremy Corbyn "has the qualities I want in a strong and stable leader" add something


Brand married Gallacher in Henley-on-Thames on 26 August 2017 add something


In September 2017 Brand published "Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions" add something


Brett Domino - His band The Brett Domino Trio currently consists of only two members - Brett Domino and 'Steven Peavis' and during comic relief 2017, Russell Brand became a honorable member for the night making it an actual trio, having only actually been a three-piece for around a year


Matt Morgan (comedian) - In April 2017, Morgan reunited with Russell Brand and Greg "Mr Gee" Sekweyama for a new show on Radio X


He portrayed Sports X Network founder Lance Klians in a 2018 five-episode arc on the HBO series "Ballers" add something


In July 2018, Brand and Gallacher had a second daughter add something


Matt Morgan (comedian) - Russell Brand has confirmed via Twitter that "The Russell Brand Show" with Matt Morgan as co-presenter will return late 2018 with the new title 'Snively Little Nits'