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Russell Edward Brand

4 June 1975 (1975-06-04) (age 46)
Nationality English
Spouse(s) Katy Perry
(m. 2010–2012, divorced)
Comedy career
Medium Stand-up, television, film, radio
Years active 1994–present
Genres Observational comedy, black comedy, blue comedy, improvisational comedy
Influences Richard Pryor, Bill Hicks,
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. He has had bulimia nervosa and been addicted to crack cocaine, heroin and alcohol. As of March 2013, Brand has not used drugs or alcohol for ten years. From 2006 to 2008, Brand won The Sun's Shagger of the Year award. He has been arrested 12 times. 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.

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