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Russell Edward Brand (born 4 June 1975) is an English comedian, actor, columnist and presenter of radio and television. Brand achieved mainstream fame in the UK for presenting a Big Brother spin-off, Big Brother`s Big Mouth, and for his radio show, among other television series and award ceremonies. He has also appeared in a number of films, including the romantic comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, St Trinian`s, and Bedtime Stories.
Brand is noted for his flamboyant style, and he has described himself as resembling "an S&M Willy Wonka". He is also noted for various controversies that have surrounded him in the British media, such as the 2008 prank calls that led to his resignation from the BBC.
Brand was born in Grays, Essex, England, the only child of Barbara Elizabeth (née Nichols) and Ronald Henry Brand, a photographer. His parents separated when Brand was six months old. His mother brought him up on her own, giving Brand a somewhat isolated and lonely childhood
Brand made his theatrical debut at age 15 as "Fat Sam" in a school production of Bugsy Malone, which prompted him to become an actor. He began working as an extra and applied to study at the Italia Conti Academy. He was accepted, and Essex council funded his tuition for an introductory year, with potential funding for three additional years. Brand joined the academy in 1991. During this time he began smoking marijuana, became bulimic, and eventually took LSD. Brand was expelled during his introductory year for his behaviour. Afterward, Brand had small acting roles in the children`s show Mud and in The Bill.
In 1995, Brand applied for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Drama Centre London and was accepted to Drama Centre. By this point he was a heroin addict and an alcoholic. He was expelled in the final term of his last year for smashing a glass over his head and then stabbing himself in the chest and arms because of poor reactions to one of his performances. After leaving Drama Centre, Brand decided to focus on comedy and began writing material with Karl Theobald, whom he met at Drama Centre. They formed a short-lived double act, Theobald and Brand on Ice.
Brand`s first significant stand-up appearance was at the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year final in 2000. Although he finished fourth, his performance attracted the attention of an agent, Nigel Klarfeld of Gagged and Bound Comedy Ltd. 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.
In 2004, he also took his first one-man show, the confessional Better Now, to the Edinburgh Festival, giving an honest account of his heroin addiction. He returned the following year with Eroticised Humour. He launched his first nationwide tour, Shame, in 2006. Brand drew on embarrassing incidents in his own life and the tabloid press`s treatment of him since he became famous. The show was released on DVD as Russell Brand: Live. His second nationwide tour, in 2007, was called Russell Brand: Only Joking and released on DVD as Russell Brand: Doin` Life.
Brand appeared in a sketch and performed stand-up at the 2006 Secret Policeman`s Ball. In March 2007, he co-hosted an evening of the Teenage Cancer Trust gigs with Noel Fielding. In December 2007, Brand performed for HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip as an act in the 2007 Royal Variety Performance.
While in the U.S., Brand began performing stand-up there and recorded a special for Comedy Central titled Russell Brand in New York, which aired in March 2009. Brand began touring the UK, America and Australia in January to April 2009 on a tour called Russell Brand: Scandalous.
Brand`s first presenting role came in 2000 as a VJ on the music channel MTV. He presented Dance Floor Chart, touring nightclubs in Britain and Ibiza, and hosted the teatime request show Select. However, Brand was fired after coming to work dressed as Osama bin Laden the day after the September 11, 2001 attacks and bringing his drug dealer to the MTV studios.
After leaving MTV, Brand starred in RE:Brand, a British documentary and comedy television programme 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 for 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
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Russell Edward Brand
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Noel Gallagher, Jonathan Ross, Noel Fielding, Matt Morgan, Jimmy Carr, Ross Lee, David Walliams, Courtney Love, Joby Harte
Actor, Comic, Producer, Radio, Singer, Writer
Grays School Media Arts College, England
London Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, England
www.russellbrand.com, www.russellbrand.tv, www.twitter.com/rustyrockets, www.myspace.com/russellbrand, www.facebook.com/pages/Russell-Brand/21641548176, www.youtube.com/user/russellbrandtv?blend=1&ob=4
Ronald "Ron" Henry Brand (photographer)
Barbara Elizabeth Nichols
The Smiths, Morrissey
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Curb your Enthusiam, Harry Hill's TV Burp, The Mighty Boosh
Dirty Pretty Things, The Libertines, The Editors, Radiohead, The Magic Numbers
Beanies, Belts, Rings, Ties, Vests, Bracelets, Necklaces, Hats, Scarves, Sunglasses
Katy Perry (ex-wife)
Kitty Purry (Cat)
Scruff, Sanskrit tattoo (arm)
Russell Edward Brand (born 1975) is an English comedian, actor, radio and television presenter, singer, columnist, and author.
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