Russell Brand

Singer, Actor, Personality
An amalgam of debauched rock star, comic agitator and unconventional intellectual, Russell Brand rocketed to stardom after a particularly chaotic and self-destructive early career. In the grip of an addiction to hard ... Read more »
Born: 06/03/1975 in Essex, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (41)

A Toast to 2014! 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Himself

Brand: A Second Coming 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Himself

Vernon God Little 2014 (Movie)

(in talks) (Actor)

Conan 2010 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Despicable Me 2 2013 (Movie)

Dr. Nefario (Voice)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Paradise 2013 (Movie)

William Carr (Actor)

2012 MTV Movie Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

BrandX with Russell Brand 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

Katy Perry: Part of Me 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Rock of Ages 2012 (Movie)

Lonny (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Idol 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Arthur 2011 (Movie)

Arthur Bach (Actor)

Big Time Rush! 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hop 2011 (Movie)

Production Assistant (Actor)

Hop 2011 (Movie)

E.B. (Voice)

Nickelodeon's 24th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Saturday Night Live 2011 (Tv Show)

Host

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

2009 MTV Video Music Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

2010 MTV Movie Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Despicable Me 2010 (Movie)

Voice of Dr Nefario (Actor)

Get Him to the Greek 2010 (Movie)

Aldous Snow (Actor)

Idol Gives Back 3 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Tempest 2010 (Movie)

Trinculo (Actor)

2009 Guys Choice 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Russell Brand in New York City 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

St. Trinian's 2009 (Movie)

Flash Harry (Actor)

The 2008 MTV Video Music Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

Bedtime Stories 2008 (Movie)

Mickey (Actor)

Forgetting Sarah Marshall 2008 (Movie)

Aldous Snow (Actor)

Penelope 2008 (Movie)

Sam the Jazz Club Owner (Actor)

2007 BRIT Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host
Music (5)

Rock of Ages 2012 (Movie)

("Nothin' But A Good Time") (Song Performer)

Arthur 2011 (Movie)

"I've Been Horribly Emasculated" (Song Performer)

Arthur 2011 (Movie)

"I've Been Horribly Emasculated" (Song)

Get Him to the Greek 2010 (Movie)

("Supertight") (Song)

Forgetting Sarah Marshall 2008 (Movie)

"We've Got To Do Something" (Song)
Producer (1)

Arthur 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

An amalgam of debauched rock star, comic agitator and unconventional intellectual, Russell Brand rocketed to stardom after a particularly chaotic and self-destructive early career. In the grip of an addiction to hard drugs throughout his late-teens and early-twenties, Brand mined his harrowing and frequently embarrassing experiences for a stand-up routine that soon earned him both accolades and television appearances. His employers, however, found his bizarre antics less than humorous at times, leading to Brand being fired more than once from programs like "Dance Floor Chart" (MTV UK). Eventually, Brand cleaned up and excelled in his various U.K. television, stage and radio efforts, but it was his turn as the decadent, self-absorbed rock star, Aldous Snow in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" (2008) that brought him to the attention of audiences in the U.S. Seemingly overnight, Brand was everywhere - headlining stand-up specials for Comedy Central, welcomed hosting award shows and now headlining as star of "Get Him to the Greek" (2010). In addition to high-profile work as the star of films like the animated family-feature "Hop" (2011) and the comedy remake "Arthur" (2011), a short-lived marriage to pop superstar Katy Perry and periodic dust-ups with paparazzi kept the actor-comedian in the press. Variously described as outrageous, irritating and undeniably talented, Brand used every perception to his advantage in his climb to the top of the international comedy world.

Relationships

Ronald Brand

Father
Separated from wife when Russell was 6-months-old

Kate Moss Actor

Companion
Brand revealed they had a brief romance in 2006 in his book Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal (2010)

Barbara Nichols

Mother
Separated from husband when Russell was 6-months-old

Teresa Palmer Actor

Companion
Dated in 2008 No longer together

Katy Perry Actor

Wife
First met summer 2008, when Perry filmed a cameo for Brand's film "Get Him to the Greek" (2010) Began dating after meeting again September 2009 at the MTV Video Music Awards Became engaged December 2009 Married Oct. 23, 2010 near the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan, India, the same location where Brand proposed Brand filed for divorce Dec. 30, 2011, citing irreconcilable differences Divorce finalized July 16, 2012

EDUCATION

Italia Conti Academy

Earned a council funded education at Britain's oldest theatre arts training school

The Drama Centre

Received a three-year scholarship

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin in feature adaptation of the stage musical "Rock of Ages"; character narrated the story

2011

Played the title character in a remake of "Arthur" opposite Helen Mirren and Jennifer Garner; also produced

2011

Voiced a teenage rabbit in the live-action/CGI film "Hop"

2010

Starred as Trinculo in the Julie Taymor directed adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest"

2010

Voiced the character of Dr. Nefario in the animated film "Despicable Me"

2010

Reprised his role of out-of-control rock star Aldous Snow in the comedy "Get Him to the Greek" opposite Jonah Hill

2009

Returned as host for the MTV Video Music Awards

2008

Hosted the MTV Video Music Awards

2008

Landed breakthrough role of Aldous Snow, the new rocker boyfriend of the title character in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"

2007

Published autobiography My Booky Wook

2007

Hosted "Russell Brand's Ponderland" (Channel 4)

2006

Hosted his own talk program "The Russell Brand Show" (Channel 4)

2006

Returned to work for MTV (U.K.), presenting the chat show "1 Leicester Square"

2006

Feature film debut, "Penelope"

2005

Played Tommy on the BBC sitcom "Blessed"

2004

Hosted the British reality show "Big Brother's Big Mouth," a sister show to "Big Brother 5"

2002

Featured in the British documentary and comedy television program "RE:Brand"

2002

Hosted a Sunday afternoon radio show with Matt Morgan on London's Indie Rock station Xfm; fired after reading pornographic material live on-air

2001

Hired as a VJ for MTV Europe, but fired on his first day after coming to work dressed as Osama bin Laden, the day after 9/11

2000

Made first significant stand-up appearance at the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year

1994

First major TV acting work, an episode of the British series "The Bill"

Made theatrical debut at age 15 in a school production of "Bugsy Malone"

Bonus Trivia

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Brand was a former heroin addict, sex addict, alcoholic, and had numerous run-ins with the police, having been arrested at least 11 times for public indecency.

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Brand has abstained from drug use since 2003 and was a patron of the addiction charity Focus 12.

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Brand wrote a column in The Guardian since May 2006 about West Ham United and the England national football team. A collection of the columns from May 2006 till June 2007 were released in November 2007 in a book entitled Irons in the Fire.

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On Sept. 17, 2010, Brand fought with paparazzi at Los Angeles International Airport and then was placed under arrest by one of the photographers. He was later arrested by the police.

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On March 15, 2012, a felony arrest warrant was issued for Brand in New Orleans, LA following the actor's skirmish with the paparazzi, wherein he yanked a photographer's iPhone out of his hands and chucked it through a nearby law office window. He was arrested and quickly released.

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