RUSSELL BRAND is an award-winning comedian, actor, author and public thought leader. He is also serving as a passionate activist for mental health and drug rehabilitation. He was born in Essex, England. His father, Ronal Henry Brand, was a famous photographer. When Russell was six years old, his parents got separated, and after that, he was brought up by his mother, Barbara Elizabeth.
Russell’s mother was diagnosed with uterine cancer and then one year later breast cancer when Russell was eight years old. During the treatment of his mother, he lived with his relative. At the age of sixteen, he decided to leave his mother’s home because of disagreements with his mother’s partner. He fell into drug addiction and started consuming drugs. Resell made his theatrical debut at the age of 15 in a school production of Bugsy Malone. Afterwards, he started working as a film extra. Russell gained his early education at Grays School, and in 1991, he was admitted into the Italia Conti Academy. He had his first year of tuition funded by Essex County Council. After his first year of study at Essex County Council, he was suspended for using drugs and bad behaviour. After this, he shifted his focus to comedy from acting.
In 2000, he performed standup comedy for the first time at the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year final. He succeeded in attracting Bound and Gagged Comedy Ltd agent Nigel Klarfeld through its amazing performance. In the same year, Russell got a chance to perform as one-third of the stand-up show Pablo Diablo’s Cryptic Triptych together with ventriloquist Mark Felgate and Anglo-Iranian comic Shappi Khorsandi. He also got a job as a video journalist for MTV, but he was subsequently fired after some time. In 2004, Russell began his one-man show named Better Now, an account of his heroin addiction, at the Edinburgh Festival. After hosting his show and other popular series and being featured in Big Brother, Russell became a popular British Television star.
In 2011, Russell was also featured in the remake Arthur in the opposite Helen Mirren with whom he also appeared in The Tempest (2010), and lent his voice to the Easter Bunny in Hop (2011) and Dr Nefario in the animated feature film Despicable Me (2010). Russell made his writing debut with the books “A Memoir of Sex, Drugs” and “Stand-Up” that gained immense popularity in the United Kingdom. For his writing work, Russell was also recognized as the bestselling author by the New York Times.
In 2010, Brand married the pop star Katy Perry, but unfortunately, this marriage could not last long. After 14 months, Brand filed for a divorce, and in 2012 he officially got divorced from Katy.
COURSES by Russell Brand
BOOKS by Russell Brand
- Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions
- My Booky Wook
- Mentors: How to Help and Be Helped
- Booky Wook 2
- The Pied Piper of Hamelin: Russell Brand’s Trickster Tales
- Articles of Faith
- Irons in the Fire
- Turning Ideas Into Impact: Insights from 16 Silicon Valley Consultants
- Booky Wook Collection
- The Emperor’s New Clothes
- Doing Life
- Freedom from Your Addictions
- Frankie Boyle & Jimmy Carr! The Pride O’ Scotland!
- Attack of the Tiger Teams: Inside America’s Computer Security Crisis
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