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Russell Brand
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Brand in 2011
Russell Edward Brand

(1975-06-04) 4 June 1975 (age 45)
Spouse(s)Katy Perry
(m. 2010–2012, divorced)
Russell Brand
MediumStand-up, television, film, radio
Years active1994–present
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, radio host author and activist.

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

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.[7] 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. Russell currently is married to Scottish lifestyle blogger Laura Gallacher, with whom he has a daughter. He lives in Shoreditch, London.[8]


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