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Russell Brand was born on June 4, 1975, in Grays, Essex, England, the son of Barbara Elizabeth (Nichols) and Ronald Henry Brand, a photographer. An only child, his parents divorced when he was only six months old, and he was subsequently raised by his mother. Enduring a difficult childhood that saw him living with relatives while his mother was treated for cancer and only sporadically visited by his father, Brand left home at age 16. Accepted by the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in 1991, he was expelled during his first year for bad behaviour and drug use; by his own admission, he used a variety of illegal drugs and became addicted to heroin. After being expelled from the Drama Centre London during his final term in 1995, he switched his focus primarily to comedy from acting. 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. Continuing to work both in TV and stand-up, he debuted his one-man show Better Now, an account of his heroin addiction, at the Edinburgh Festival in 2004. Brand became a popular British television star by appearing on Big Brother and hosting his own talk show and numerous other series, and in 2008 shot to fame worldwide as the rocker Aldous Snow in the hit comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008). After an appearance in the Adam Sandler comedy Bedtime Stories (2008), he reprised the character of Aldous in the comedy Get Him to the Greek (2010), opposite Jonah Hill. Brand also starred in the remake Arthur (2011), opposite Helen Mirren, with whom he also starred in The Tempest (2010), and lent his voice to the Easter Bunny in Hop (2011) and to Dr. Nefario in the animated feature film Despicable Me (2010). He is reprising the role in Despicable Me 2 (2013), and will also co-star in a drama written and directed by Diablo Cody, starring alongside Julianne Hough and Holly Hunter. He also played Lonny in the all-star cast of the big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages (2012). 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. The follow up, My Booky Wook 2: This Time it's Personal, was published in October, 2010. 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. 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.  See full bio on IMDb »

Katy Perry & Russell Brand -- Ignore Each Other at Lakers Game

Katy Perry & Russell Brand
Ignore Each Other at Lakers Game

Trying not to make eye contact, former couple Katy Perry and Russell Brand sat on opposite sides of the court at the Lakers game at Staples Center in L.A. on Tuesday.Both Katy and Russell -- who… READ MORE >

Security Guard Suing Russell Brand Says Actor Screwed Up His Knee Royally

Russell Brand
Security Guard Says R.B. Screwed Up His Knee ... Royally

A security guard who is suing Russell Brand says the actor was trying to escape paparazzi when R.B.'s Range Rover plowed into him.Victor Sneed's lawyer, Bob Fink, tells TMZ, his client -- who… READ MORE >

- 2000 days ago
Russell Brand Sued -- Accused of Driving into a Pedestrian

Russell Brand
SUED Allegedly Hit a Pedestrian

Russell Brand just got sued by a pedestrian who claims the actor drove into him earlier this year in Los Angeles ... TMZ has learned.TMZ obtained a copy of the lawsuit filed today in LA County… READ MORE >

- 2001 days ago
Russell Brand & Ginger Spice -- Hangin' Together ... at Her Home!

Russell Brand & Ginger Spice
Hangin' Together ... at Her Home!

With dating rumors swirling, former Mr. Katy Perry Russell Brand and Spice Girl Geri Halliwell were photographed together leaving Geri's London home on Wednesday.The dynamic duo have been linked… READ MORE >

- 2061 days ago
Russell Brand -- SENTENCED for iPhone Smash

Russell Brand
SENTENCED for iPhone Smash

Russell Brand will NOT go to jail for smashing a paparazzo's iPhone in New Orleans a few months ago ... after cutting a deal with prosecutors early this morning. We broke the story ... the New… READ MORE >

- 2096 days ago
Russell Brand -- To Be CHARGED for iPhone-Smashing

Russell Brand
To Be CHARGED for iPhone-Smashing

Russell Brand will be charged with a crime for throwing a paparazzi's iPhone through a glass window in New Orleans back in March ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ...  the… READ MORE >

- 2098 days ago
Katy Perry, Russell Brand -- Officially Divorced

Katy Perry, Russell Brand
Officially Single

Katy Perry and Russell Brand have officially severed ties -- their divorce became final today.Russell filed for divorce at the very end of 2011, and the settlement was hashed out quickly, but it… READ MORE >

- 2106 days ago
Tom Cruise -- Victim of the 'Rock of Ages' CURSE?

Tom Cruise
Victim of the 'Rock of Ages' CURSE?

Divorces, violence, and even a racial controversy -- it seems the "Rock of Ages" cast has been smothered in bad fortune from the moment the project began. It's almost like ... THEY'RE CURSED!… READ MORE >

- 2122 days ago
Russell Brand Billboard Vandalized ... Hilariously

Russell Brand
Billboard Vandalized ... Hilariously

Russell Brand's new TV show isn't getting much support from the graffiti community.Some clever vandal -- who clearly isn't a fan of Russell's new late night talk show "Brand X" -- decided to tag a… READ MORE >

- 2125 days ago
Katy Perry & Robert Ackroyd -- Sucking Face at Coachella

Katy Perry
Sucking Face with New Man

The rebound is officially underway for Katy Perry ... who was all about the PDA with her new man at Coachella ... hugging, caressing and full on making out. The guy is Robert Ackroyd -- the guitar… READ MORE >

- 2191 days ago
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