Russell Brand is a high-profile entertainer and one of the hottest British comic talents of this era. Having always been ambitious and determined to succeed, Brand has overcome adversity, addictions, and controversies. Despite his typical controversial life of debauchery, the English comedian, actor, TV/radio host, author, and activist has warmed his way into the hearts of many. Read on to explore lesser-known facts about the star.
Russell Brand Bio (Age)
An English man from Essex, Russell Brand was born on June 4, 1975. He is the only child of famous photographer Ronald Henry Brand and Barbara Elizabeth Nicholas. Russell was a troubled child during his formative years as his parents got divorced when he was just six months old. He was consequently raised by a single parent (his mom).
Most of Brand’s life struggles stemmed from the comedian’s childhood, which he describes as very lonely and unhappy. As a lad, he was sexually abused by his tutor and at age 8, his mother was diagnosed with breast and uterine cancer. Following his mom’s health challenge, Russell lived with relatives until his early teens. Again, it was during this same period that he was diagnosed with bulimia nervosa. He was consequently thrown into depression which led to his addiction problems as an adult.
Russell Brand’s academic records show he attended the Grays School Media Arts College and later the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in 1991. However, Russell spent only a year in the school as he was expelled for using illegal drugs and being distracted from his studies.
The British comedian debuted his stand-up career in the year 2000. That same year, he also made his presenting debut as a video journalist for MTV but was sacked in September 2001 for inappropriate work ethics.
He also worked for E4 where he became a fan favorite due to his controversial views and lifestyle. He is recognized for his performance on the shows Big Brother spin-off and Big Brother’s Big Mouth. The British television star also worked as a presenter on BBC Radio 2 and gained popularity by hosting his own talk show Ponderland, and many other series.
In 2008, the comedic and unusual actor was shot to bigger fame for his role as rocker Aldous Snow in the hit movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall. He also reprised the role in the 2010 comedy Get Him to the Greek. Russell’s other film credits include the 2008 Adam Sandler comedy Bedtime Stories, The Tempest (2010), and the 2011 remake of Arthur. He also did the voice-over for Dr. Nefario in the hit animated feature film Despicable Me (2010) and its 2013 sequel. Others are 2011’s Easter Bunny in Hop and the 2012 adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages.
Russell Brand Family: Wife and Daughter
Being a high-profile name in the entertainment world, Russell Brand’s relationships have always made headlines. The ace comedian has been married twice. His first marital attempt was with singer and actress Katy Perry. The duo who first met on the set of the movie Get Him To The Greek quickly established a romantic connection and got engaged in 2009 while vacationing in India. Within a year, on October 23, 2010, they exchanged marital vows in a beautiful, Indian wedding ceremony that was attended by close friends and family. Sadly, Russell and Katy’s marriage only lasted 14 months as the comedian filed for divorce on 30 December 2011, citing irreconcilable differences. Their divorce was finalized in July 2012.
Next, between 2013 and 2014, Brand was romantically linked to Jemima Khan, a journalist, and editor. But their relationship was shortlived as they parted ways in September 2014. Russell is currently married to Scottish blogger Laura Gallacher. The couple who began dating in 2016, wedded on the 26th of August 2017 in Henley-on-Thames. Their union has produced two daughters, the first Mabel born in November 2016 and the second welcomed in 2018.
While details of Russell Brand’s exact salary are unknown, we do know that his numerous endeavors in the entertainment industry over the years has earned him a decent net worth. The comedian’s net worth is currently estimated at $15 million.
Height and Other Facts
1. The comic star towers at a height of 6 feet and 1 inch tall, complemented by a 74 kg weight. His body measurements are chest – 44 inches, hips – 33 inches and waist – 16 inches.
2. The popular British entertainer suffers from bipolar disorder as well as deficit hyperactivity disorder.
3. Russell Brand’s drug and alcohol addictions have gotten him arrested several times. His journey to recovery included therapies such as Kundalini Yoga as well as sex, heroin, and alcohol addiction meetings.
4. In addition to being a successful comedian and actor, Russell Brand is also a published author of his autobiography My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up.