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Russell Brand Biography

Birth Name:
Russell Edward Brand
Birth Place:
Grays, Essex, England
Actor, stand-up comedian

Fast Facts

  • Was expelled from both the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and the Drama Centre London for disruptive behavior
  • Briefly had a job as a postman
  • GQ magazine named him UK's Most Stylish Man in 2006 and Least Stylish Man in 2007
  • Wrote a best-selling autobiography titled My Booky Wook in 2007, which details his troubled childhood and battle with addictions
  • An active patron of Focus 12, a charitable organization helping people deal with all aspects of addiction
  • Has been a vegetarian since age 14, and PETA named him Europe's Sexiest Vegetarian in 2006 and '07
  • Received death threats after some controversial comments made while hosting the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards
  • Performed two songs during the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games in London
  • In 2013, purchased the house that was the first Hollywood home owned by Laurence Olivier


  • 2008Chicago Film Critics Association-Most Promising Performer: nominated


  • Mabel -- Daughter
  • Ronald Brand -- Father
  • Laura Gallacher -- Fiancée
  • Barbara Brand -- Mother