Russell Brand Background

Russell Edward Brand (born 4 June 1975) is an English comedian, actor, radio host, and author. In 2004, Brand achieved notoriety as the host of Big Brother’s Big Mouth, a Big Brother spin-off. In 2007, he had his first major film role in St Trinian’s. In 2008, he had a major role in Forgetting Sarah Marshall; the film led to a starring role in Get Him to the Greek in 2010. He also worked as a voice actor in the animated filmsDespicable Me in 2010, Hop in 2011, and Despicable Me 2 in 2013. He played the title character of the 2011 film Arthur. Brand has received significant media coverage for controversies such as his dismissal from MTV, his controversial behaviour as a presenter at various award ceremonies, and his drug use. In 2008, he resigned from the BBC following prank calls he made to actor Andrew Sachs on The Russell Brand Show. He has incorporated his drug use, alcoholism, and promiscuity into his comedic material.

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Russell Edward Brand was born in  Grays, Essex, England. Brand’s parents divorced when he was six months old, and he was raised by his mother. When he was seven, a tutor sexually abused him. When Brand was eight, his mother contracted uterine cancer and then breast cancer one year later. While she underwent treatment, Brand lived with relatives. When he was 14. When he was 16, he left home because of disagreements with his ill mother’s live-in partner. Brand then started to use illegal drugs such as cannabis, amphetamines, LSD, and ecstasy. Brand says he had a strange relationship with his father.

His theatre debut was at the age of 15 in a school production of Bugsy Malone and began work as a movie extra. Brand attended Grays School Media Arts College and in 1991, he was accepted to the Italia Conti Academy and had his first year tuition funded by Essex County Council. After his first year at Italia Conti Academy, Brand was expelled for illegal drug use and poor attendance.

Brand is known for his heroin addiction and alcoholism. He has had numerous run-ins with the police, having been arrested 12 times. He has abstained from drug use since 2003 and is now a patron of the addiction charity Focus 12. Brand cites his practice of Transcendental Meditation as a significant factor in his recovery from drug addiction.

Brand has had interviews with big names and used these interviews to get across Russell’s socio-economic, political and religious beliefs.

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