Russell Brand

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Russell Brand
Brand in 2011
Birth nameRussell Edward Brand
Born (1975-06-04) 4 June 1975 (age 48)
Grays, Essex, England, UK
MediumStand-up, television, film, radio
SpouseKaty Perry
(m. 2010–2012, divorced)
Comedy career
GenresObservational comedy, black comedy, blue comedy, improvisational comedy
InfluencesRichard Pryor,[1] Bill Hicks,[1]
Peter Cook, Lenny Bruce,
Tony Hancock, Jack Kerouac

Russell Edward Brand (born 4 June 1975) is an English comedian, actor, television presenter, radio host author and activist. He is best known for playing Dr. Nefario in the films Despicable Me (2010), Despicable Me 2 (2013) and Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022).

Career[change | change source]

In 2004, he presented Big Brother's Big Mouth, a side-show of Big Brother UK. In 2006, he started presenting a radio show, The Russell Brand Show, on BBC Radio 6 Music. In 2007 the show was moved to BBC Radio 2. He was involved in a controversy over a prank phone call with Jonathan Ross in 2008. After this Brand quit his job at the BBC.

He presented Russell Brand's Ponderland in 2007 and 2008. He wrote a book in 2007 about his life, which is called My Booky Wook. In October 2014, he wrote another book called Revolution.

Personal life[change | change source]

Many people notice his unusual fashion sense; his choice of clothing and hairstyle is unique. He has been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder.[2] He has had bulimia nervosa[3] and been addicted to crack cocaine, heroin and alcohol.[4]

As of March 2013, Brand has not used drugs or alcohol for ten years.[5] From 2006 to 2008, Brand won The Sun's Shagger of the Year award.[6] He has been arrested 12 times.[4] He married Katy Perry in October 2010. He filed for divorce from her in January 2012, which was finalised in July 2012. He dated Jemima Khan from 2013-2014.

In 2017, Brand married Scottish lifestyle blogger Laura Gallacher. They have a daughter.

Brand lives in Shoreditch, London.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Laughing Matter: Comedy's New Legends". Vanity Fair. April 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-10.
  2. "Russell Brand's got issues". Archived from the original on 2013-07-09. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  3. "Russell Brand: spare us the details!". 18 November 2007 – via
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ellen, Barbara (17 June 2006). "Interview with Russell Brand" – via
  5. Brand, Russell (9 March 2013). "Russell Brand: my life without drugs" – via
  6. "The Sun". The Sun.
  7. Hattenstone, Simon (11 October 2014). "Russell Brand: 'I want to address the alienation and despair'" – via

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