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Russell Brand

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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. After an appearance in the Adam Sandler comedy Bedtime Stories, he reprised the character of Aldous in the comedy Get Him to the Greek, opposite Jonah Hill.Brand also starred in the remake Arthur, opposite Helen Mirren, with whom he also starred in The Tempest, and lent his voice to the Easter Bunny in Hop and to Dr. Nefario in the animated feature film Despicable Me. He is reprising the role in Despicable Me 2, 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.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 »

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Russell Brand -- Money to Burn ... for Realsies?

Russell Brand
Money to Burn ... for Realsies?

Russell Brand didn't ask for a penny in his divorce from Katy Perry -- probably because he's already got so much money ... he can afford to burn it. No joke ... you gotta see this video.Check out… READ MORE >

Russell Brand to Katy Perry -- You Can Have the House

Russell Brand to Katy Perry
You Can Have the House

Russell Brand is one step closer to severing all ties with Katy Perry -- because he's surrendered his interest in the house they bought together while they were happily married -- if they were… READ MORE >

- 1607 days ago
Russell Brand:  I'm Fighting the B.S. Felony Charge

Russell Brand
I'm Fighting the B.S. Felony Charge

Russell Brand claims he was provoked by the paparazzi last Monday when he grabbed a photog's cell phone and threw it through a window -- and he's going to use provocation to fight any charge that… READ MORE >

- 1623 days ago
Russell Brand Arrested, Booked for a FELONY!!!

Russell Brand
Booked for a FELONY!!!

Russell Brand was NOT arrested for a misdemeanor yesterday ... turns out it was a FELONY, and the late Steve Jobs may be to blame.We did some digging and just found out ... in Louisiana property… READ MORE >

- 1625 days ago
Russell Brand -- A Little Jail, A Little Party

Russell Brand
A Little Jail, A Little Party

Russell Brand is nothing if not resilient ... we got video of him strolling through party central in New Orleans, hours after he was released from jail.As we first reported, Russell turned himself… READ MORE >

- 1625 days ago
Russell Brand Leaves Police Station After Arrest

Russell Brand
Leaves Cop Shop ... After Arrest

Russell Brand is a free man once again ... he was just sprung from jail after posting bail.TMZ broke the story ... Russell turned himself in to the New Orleans Sheriff's Office today, where he was… READ MORE >

- 1626 days ago
Russell Brand -- Arrested For Cell Phone Snatch & Smash

Russell Brand
Arrested for Cell Phone Snatch and Smash

Russell Brand has been arrested for allegedly grabbing a photog's cell phone and firing it through the window of a New Orleans law firm ... TMZ has learned.Russell turned himself in to New Orleans… READ MORE >

- 1626 days ago
Russell Brand -- Smashed Window REPAIRED ... for $240

Russell Brand
Smashed Window REPAIRED ... for $240

The window Russell Brand allegedly smashed with a projectile cell phone is good as new -- and TMZ has learned, Russell's camp coughed up $240 to fix it.We're told the New Orleans office building… READ MORE >

- 1626 days ago
Russell Brand -- Arrest Warrant Issued for iPhone Toss

Russell Brand
Arrest Warrant Issued for iPhone Toss

Russell Brand isn't out of the fire for tossing a paparazzo's iPhone -- New Orleans police have issued a warrant for his arrest.New Orleans PD tells TMZ a misdemeanor warrant for simple criminal… READ MORE >

- 1626 days ago
Russell Brand -- I Didn't Commit a Crime, I Honored Steve Jobs

Russell Brand
I Didn't Commit a Crime, I Honored Steve Jobs

Russell Brand just kinda, sorta 'fessed up to the whole iPhone snatch and toss in New Orleans ... hilariously blaming Steve Jobs for the whole thing. Brand just tweeted, "Since Steve Jobs died I… READ MORE >

- 1627 days ago

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