Russell Brand

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Russell Brand

Born

6/4/1975, Essex, England

Birth Name

Russell Edward Brand

Gender

Male
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Biography

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Russell made his theatrical debut, aged fifteen, in Bugsy Malone as Fat Sam. Essex council decreed it criminally neglectful to allow this chameleon like ability to put on hats to go un-nurtured and promptly funded an education at the fancy Italia Conti stage school, which lead to a…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In January 2009 Russell revealed his plans to give up sex, stating he was bored of "meaningless sexual encounters". Russell has previously claimed he sleeps up to three women a day.

    • Following his role of presenting on the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, Russell received death threats after making jokes about George W. Bush and Britney Spears which were classed as being made in bad taste.

    • Russell's parents are called Barbara Elizabeth and Ronald Henry Brand.

    • On Tuesday November 27, 2007 Russell spoke and answered questions for the Oxford Union. This was filmed as part of a segment on Oxford students, shown on BBC2's The Culture Show on December 8, 2007.

    • Russell presented a documentary with friend Matt Morgan about the writer Jack Kerouac which aired December 12th 2007 on BBC Four.

    • At the 10th Annual GQ Men of the Year Awards, Russell was awarded Most Stylish Man for 2007.

    • Russell has had his autobiography My Booky Wook published on November 15, 2007. The book received a mixed reception from critics but was still Number One in the UK Best-sellers for many weeks.

    • In January 2007, his BBC Radio 2 show reached the No. 1 spot on the iTunes podcast charts and held that position until April 2007 when it was overtaken by The Apprentice podcast and continues to up and down the charts prompting Brand to start a campaign to get it back to #1, which eventually succeeded.

    • Russell has stated on his radio show that he would like the song Asleep by The Smiths played at his funeral.

    • Brand covered The Beatles song, When I'm Sixty-Four with Oscar-winning composer, David Arnold for the 40th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

    • Russell is an only child and his parents, Barbara Elizabeth Nichols and Ronald Henry Brand separated when Russell was three.

    • Russell is good friends with Noel Fielding- fellow comedian of The Mighty Boosh fame.

    • Russell won best newcomer at the British Comedy Awards 2006.

    • Russell caused quite a stir with hoax phone calls to the Police on his recent tour. As part of his act he would call Police with information regarding minor offenses reported in local newspapers. Kent Police are said to have spoken to Brand following his act in Tonbridge Wells, where he called to help locate a missing statue.

    • Russell is a supporter of West Ham United Football Club.

    • He is friends with Noel Gallagher.

    • He used to be a postman.

    • His favourite bands include The Smiths/Morrissey, The Libertines, Carl Barat and Dirty Pretty Things.

    • He was the winner of the Time Out award for best stand-up.

    • Along with Fearne Cotton, Russell Brand was voted sexiest vegetarian.

    • Russell Brand was arrested for stripping at the 2003 May Day protest in London.

    • His phobias are death and growing old.

    • His favourite tv show is Curb your Enthusiasm.

    • His favourite comedian is Peter Cook.

    • Russell stands at 6'2".

    • Russell has a cat called Morrissey.

    • Russell dresses in a flambuoyant bohemian fashion.

    • His fans include Ricky Gervais, who asked him to compere the Teenage Cancer Trust Comedy Show at the Albert Hall.

    • On the 23 February 2006, he hosted the 2006 NME Awards show.

    • He was named "Best Stand Up" by Time Out magazine in the Time Out Live Awards.

    • As well as presenting Big Mouth, as of 2006 Russell is still an active comedian on the comedy circuit.

  • Quotes

    • Russell: (on his plan to give up sex) There can't be any of that (sex and drugs) around. That's all got to go - until I'm in a position where I can say, 'Look I'm celibate, I'm a vegan. All I do is meditate, come out and do stand-up comedy and make films.'

    • Russell: (declaring he would seduce Dame Helen Mirren when they film Shakespeare's The Tempest) I'm going to try and get off with her. It's the big time, if I can get Mirren. I am going to seduce that queen.

    • Russell: (after receiving death threats for making disrespectful comments on various stars at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards) The VMAs were a lot of fun. Especially the death threats. If you are going to kill someone, don't give them advance notice, which gives you a chance to prepare. These Christian Republicans were watching me and thought, 'Well, this is no good, I shall do a death threat.

    • Russell: (on his crush on actress Dame Helen Mirren) She is so hot. There's something about her that drives me wild. She's so sexy and enchanting. Just look at her form. They're going to have to hold me back when we start work. I'll be all over her. I don't know how I'm going to get any work done. I'm going to try and get off with her.

    • Russell: (Joking about President George W. Bush at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards) Some people ... say America is not ready for a black President. But I know America to be a forward-thinking country because otherwise why would you have let that retard and cowboy fella be President for eight years?

    • Russell: I'll not be changing, but America will.

    • Russell: It would have been convenient to be gay. Just because of the grooming, the narcissism, stuff like that. But I have this kind of roaring heterosexuality. Traditional, uncomplicated heterosexuality, an almost clichéd Robin Askwith thing. People have always said, are you gay? I've had a lot of that. But it's just not in me. I really like women a lot; I'm repulsed by men sexually.

    • Russell: Sometimes, as a comedian, a line will come to you, that is so beautiful, so perfect, that you think: I did not create this line. This line belongs to all of us. Surely this is a line of God. The line was...Bob Geldof there... no wonder he's such an expert on famine, he has, after all, been dining out on I Don't Like Mondays for thirty years!It's got it all: it's funny, it's clever, it's succinct, it's true!

    • Russell: It's difficult to believe in yourself because the idea of self is an artificial construction. You are, in fact, part of the glorious oneness of the universe. Everything beautiful in the world is within you. No-one really feels self-confident deep down becuase it's an artifical idea. Really, people aren't that worried about what you're doing or what you're saying, so you can drift around the world relatively anonymously: you must not feel persucted and examined. Liberate yourself from that idea that people are watching you.

    • Russell: I remember one night playing that game all by myself... sitting alone playing that bloody thing, Grand Theft Auto, and the man that you operate, I think he's called Vinny, I had him, and we'd gone off the beaten track of the narrative. He was down an alleyway on his own, right, on his own, standing by some bins, and I was on me own, sat on a settee... and I just thought, I've ruined your life as well! Oh what have I done?!

    • Russell: I will resort to violence, this is not a democracy, this is like Iraq in the good old days!

    • Russell: You are about to see something now, it's quite a revelation it makes that **** Jesus used to harp on about look utterly trivial- not really Jesus was brilliant have a look at this.

    • Russell: The swines!

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • One of the most inspiring teachers I have ever had the fortune to be inspired by!!

    10
    Hey Russell! I love your direction, your wisdom, and the passion you have, the REAL passion you have to get people to wake up to themselves. I have no idea how to contact you, but I would love to talk with you, I'm sure our energies would be a lot of fun. You are obviously a very respectful and kind hearted teacher, and unlike the student who doesn't know when to stop, you know when to stop, and then keep going in the most inspiring ways I have seen. I was just watching this which brought me here:

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    Very entertaining how you handled their childlike curiosity of the idol they created of you in their minds =)



    Anyway, hope to work with you in the future since we both seem to be on the same path, and keep up the amazing work!!



    If you want to contact me to help me with a game I'm building that you would be perfect for, you can send me a message on facebook.





    Have a beautiful day, and let them all know they are conscious love!!! =)



    Nikmoreless
  • He wouldn't know what the word 'reverent' meant and his language leaves a lot to be desired at times but he's sharp, highly intelligent and EXTREMELY funny!

    9.0
    Russell Brand is, in my opinion, one of the funniest people on stage, screen and television today. His style of comedy is not unique but it is brilliant and it's not surprising that he has achieved so much.



    From school productions all the way up to movies with the likes of Dame Helen Mirren, Russell has achieved success in spite of the odds being heavily stacked against him. His parents divorced when he was young and his adored mother has battled cancer several times in her life. A large lad who often faked his own school reports, Russell has battled addictions to alcohol, sex and drugs and been successfully treated for all three. Given all that he has overcome in his life, and the huge success of his films and his television show "Russell Brand's Ponderland", there is little doubt that Russell has much more to achieve yet and, with his 2010 marriage to singer Katy Perry, I'm sure that there is a lot more comedic greatness to come from this former Essex wild child.moreless
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