Outspoken entertainer known for his humour, antics and philosophical thought
Incredibly funny and at times controversial, Russell Brand is an actor, comedian, TV presenter, podcaster, radio host and author.
Born in Essex, he had a difficult childhood. Brand’s parents split when he was just six months old, so his mother raised him on her own. However, when Brand was eight, she fought the first of several battles with cancer. As a teenager, he too battled things including ADHD, bulimia, bipolar disorder, drugs and other addictions.
Something of a social outcast, Brand found light in theatre and comedy. He was in a production of Bugsy Malone at the age of 15, and then sought out work as an extra in films. In 2000, Brand launched his stand-up comedy career at the Hackney Empire New Act Of The Year showcase and came in fourth.
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