Russell Brand

Russell Brand Biography

Full NameRussell Edward Brand
Date of Birth4 June 1975
ProfessionComedian and Actor
Awards and Nominations– Three British Comedy Awards
– Nomination for a BAFTA Award
Career Highlights– Comedian and MTV presenter in the UK
– Host of “Big Brother’s Big Mouth” (2004)
– Major film roles in “St Trinian’s” (2007), “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” (2008), and “Get Him to the Greek” (2010)
– Voice actor in animated films “Despicable Me” (2010), “Hop” (2011), “Despicable Me 2” (2013), and “Trolls” (2016)
– Title character in the remake of “Arthur” (2011)
– Released successful stand-up special “Messiah Complex” (2013)
– Hosted radio show “The Russell Brand Show” (2006–2008, 2010, 2013, 2017)
– Hosts podcasts “Stay Free with Russell Brand” and “Under the Skin with Russell Brand”
Activism and Campaigning– Became known as a public activist and campaigner on various issues
– Advocated on wealth inequality, addiction, corporate capitalism, climate change, and media bias
– Guest-edited an edition of “New Statesman” in 2013
– Launched political-comedy web series “The Trews” (2014)
– Released a book entitled “Revolution” (2014)
– Acted in the documentary “The Emperor’s New Clothes” (2014)
Controversies– Controversies related to promiscuity, drug use, and provocative behavior
– Dismissal from MTV and resignation from the BBC
– Two-year marriage to American pop singer Katy Perry
– Biographical documentary “Brand: A Second Coming” (2015)
– Allegations of rape, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and predatory behavior (2023)
– Featured in the documentary “Russell Brand: In Plain Sight” (2023)
Recent Activities– Promoting conspiracy theories, especially about the COVID-19 pandemic (since 2020)

Russell Brand Stand-up Career Information

2000Hackney Empire New Act of the YearRussell Brand performed stand-up and finished fourth, attracting the attention of Nigel Klarfeld.
2000Edinburgh Festival Fringe DebutBrand debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the show “Pablo Diablo’s Cryptic Triptych” with Mark Felgate and Shappi Khorsandi.
2004Edinburgh Festival – “Better Now”Brand’s first one-man show at the Edinburgh Festival, where he discussed his heroin addiction.
2005Edinburgh Festival – “Eroticised Humour”Russell Brand returned to the Edinburgh Festival with his show “Eroticised Humour.”
2006Nationwide Tour – “Shame”Brand’s first nationwide tour, drawing on embarrassing incidents in his life and tabloid press coverage.
2006Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s BallBrand appeared in a sketch and performed stand-up at this event.
2007Teenage Cancer Trust Gig Co-hostCo-hosted an evening of the Teenage Cancer Trust gigs with Noel Fielding.
2007Royal Variety PerformancePerformed for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip as an act in the 2007 Royal Variety Performance.
2007Nationwide Tour – “Only Joking”Brand’s second nationwide tour, released on DVD as “Russell Brand: Doin’ Life.”
2009Comedy Central Special – “Russell Brand in New York”Recorded a special for Comedy Central.
2009Worldwide Tour – “Scandalous”Toured the UK, America, and Australia for the “Scandalous” tour from January to April.
2013Comedy Show – “Messiah Complex”Presented and toured a comedy show tackling various topics including drug addiction and heroes.
2017Tour – “Re:Birth”Announced the “Re:Birth” tour, which debuted in April 2017 and was meant to run through November 2018.
2018Cancellation of “Re:Birth” TourCanceled the remaining dates of the “Re:Birth” tour due to his mother’s critical injury in a hit-and-run accident.
2018Netflix Stand-up Comedy Film – “Russell Brand: Re:Birth”Released a stand-up comedy film on Netflix.
VariousInfluences and Favorite Comedy FilmRussell Brand mentioned various comedians and influences, including Monty Python’s “Life of Brian.”
2009Television Documentary – “Monty Python: Almost the Truth (Lawyers Cut)”Appeared in this documentary.

Russell Brand Presenting Role Career Information

YearTV Show/EventDescription
2000MTV: Dancefloor Chart and SelectBrand’s first presenting role on MTV, touring nightclubs in Britain and Ibiza, and hosting the tea-time request show Select.
2002RE:BrandA documentary and comedy television program that took a challenging look at cultural taboos.
2004Big Brother’s Eforum and Big Brother’s Big MouthBrand hosted discussion shows related to Big Brother, allowing guests and the public to comment on the show.
2008Big Brother According to Russell BrandA special where Brand took a surreal look at Big Brother through the ages.
2008Big Brother: Celebrity HijackBrand “hijacked” the Big Brother house as a celebrity host.
20061 Leicester Square and The Russell Brand ShowBrand hosted a chat show and later a debate show, which was rebranded and moved to Channel 4.
2006NME AwardsBrand hosted the NME Awards and had a humorous exchange with Bob Geldof.
2007BRIT Awards and Comic ReliefBrand hosted the BRIT Awards and one hour of Comic Relief.
2007Live EarthBrand presented at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium.
2007Russell Brand On the Road (BBC Four documentary)A documentary about Jack Kerouac and his novel On the Road, presented by Brand.
2007Russell Brand’s PonderlandA show where Brand discussed various topics through stand-up comedy.
2008MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs)Brand hosted the VMAs, which drew controversy due to his comments about Britney Spears and U.S. politics.
2008Comedy Live Presents: Russell Brand and Friends (Stand-up Comedy Show)A one-off stand-up comedy show.
2009MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs)Brand returned to host the VMAs, which had improved ratings compared to the previous year.
2011Saturday Night Live (Guest Host)Brand guest-hosted an episode of the American sketch comedy show.
2012MTV Movie AwardsBrand hosted the MTV Movie Awards.
2012Brand X with Russell Brand (Talk Show)Brand hosted a late-night talk show on FX.
2013Brand X with Russell Brand (Cancelled after two seasons)The show was canceled after running for two seasons.

Russell Brand Acting Career Information

1994The Bill (TV Series)Unknown
1994Mud (Children’s Adventure Series)Unknown
2002Cruise of the Gods (TV Show)Unknown
2002White Teeth (TV Show)Unknown
2005Blessed (BBC Sitcom)Tommy
2006Peep Show (Channel 4 Sitcom) (Audition)Auditioned for Super Hans
2007Cold Blood (ITV)Ally (ex-con)
2007The Abbey (ITV Comedy) (Pilot)Terry (recovering crack addict)
2007Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind (Voice)Earth Guardian
2006Penelope (Movie)Small Role
2007St Trinian’s (Movie)Flash Harry
2008Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Movie)Aldous Snow (rock star)
2008Bedtime Stories (Movie)Unknown
2010Get Him to the Greek (Movie)Aldous Snow
2010The Tempest (Movie)Trinculo
2010Despicable Me (Voice)Dr. Nefario
2013Despicable Me 2 (Voice)Dr. Nefario
2011The Simpsons (TV Show)Himself
2011Hop (Live Action/CGI Animated Film)E.B. (Voice)
2011Arthur (Movie)Arthur
2012Rock of Ages (Movie)Lonny
2013Paradise (Movie)William Carr
2016Trolls (DreamWorks Animated Film)Creek
2016Army of One (Movie)God
2018-2019Ballers (HBO Series)Lance Klians (recurring role)
2020Four Kids and It (Movie)Tristan Trent
2022Death on the Nile (Movie)Linus Windlesham

Russell Brand Radio Career Information

YearRadio StationShow/EventNotable Events
2002Xfm (London)Sunday afternoon show with Matt MorganDismissal for reading pornographic material live on-air
2005BBC Radio 6 MusicCo-hosted three one-off shows with Karl Pilkington
2006BBC Radio 6 MusicCo-hosted “The Russell Brand Show”
Nov 2006BBC Radio 2“The Russell Brand Show” transferred to BBC Radio 2, aired on Saturdays from 9–11 pmRegularly drew about 400,000 listeners
2008BBC Radio 2Controversial phone calls to actor Andrew Sachs, resulting in suspension and Brand’s resignationBBC fined £150,000 by Ofcom for airing the calls
2009TalksportOne-off football talk show with Noel Gallagher
2010TalksportSaturday night show lasting 20 weeks, featuring clips and back-stage recordings from his Booky Wook 2 promotional tourJoined by guests like Noel Gallagher and Jonathan Ross

Russell Brand Writing Career Information

2006-2009The Guardian Sports ColumnColumns focused on West Ham United and the England national football team.
2007“Irons in the Fire”A collection of columns from 2006 and 2007.
2007“My Booky Wook”Russell Brand’s first autobiography, well-received for its tales of drugs and debauchery.
2008£1.8 Million Book Deal with HarperCollinsSigned a two-book deal with HarperCollins.
2008“Articles of Faith”Examined Brand’s philosophy, featuring columns from The Guardian (2007-2008) and interviews.
2010“Booky Wook 2: This Time It’s Personal”Second autobiography, released on 30 September 2010.
VariousArticles for The GuardianArticles discussing current events and pop culture, including topics like Amy Winehouse and Robin Williams.
2011Column on London RiotsCriticized the government’s response to the 2011 London riots.
2014“Trickster Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin”Children’s book debut, part of an intended series, with illustrations by Chris Riddell.
2014“Revolution”A book published by Random House that expanded on Brand’s earlier ideas.
2017“Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions”Published by Macmillan, addressing addiction and recovery.
2019“Mentors: How To Help and Be Helped”Explores individuals who positively impacted Brand’s life and encourages seeking mentors.

Russell Brand Political Career Information

January 2009Participated in a celebrity letter to The Independent condemning Israel’s assault on Gaza.
February 2009Wrote to The Times in defense of leaders of the Baháʼí Faith on trial in Iran.
April 2009Attended the 2009 G-20 London summit protests and spoke to the press.
September 2010Arrested on suspected battery charges after allegedly attacking a paparazzo at Los Angeles International Airport.
March 2012Arrest warrant issued in New Orleans for allegedly throwing a photographer’s mobile phone through a window.
2012 (Unspecified)Selected by the Dalai Lama to host the Buddhist leader’s youth event in Manchester.
April 2012Testified in front of a parliamentary committee about drug addiction and advocated for the decriminalization of drugs.

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