Russell Brand

BATD ON Jun 07, 2010 AT 9:05 am

Russell Brand

 Russell Brand has justifiably earned a reputation of being a bad boy and womanizer, but he has managed to rise above some controversial situations to become an incredibly successful comedian and actor. 

Russell was born in Grays, Essex in 1975. His parents separated when he was only six months old and his childhood was far from idyllic. At age 7, he was sexually abused by a tutor, and his mother began a long fight against both breast and uterine cancer when he was 8. He left home at 16 and began experimenting with drugs while taking acting classes. By the time he was enrolled in the Drama Centre London, he was suffering from alcoholism and heroin addiction. He was expelled from school one term before graduation for smashing a glass over his head and then stabbing himself after a poor reaction to his performance. 

In 2000, he began his career as a stand up comic, which led to a stint as a VJ on MTV. A year later, Russell was fired from MTV after coming to work dressed as Osama bin Laden the day after the 11 September terrorist attacks. This incident prompted him to seek treatment for his drug addiction, and he has struggled to stay sober ever since. In 2004, he became the host of Big Brother’s Big Mouth, the sister show of Big Brother for 3 years. He stirred up national controversy again on his BBC talk radio show in early 2008 when he and Jonathon Ross made a prank on-air phone call to Faulty Towers actor, Andrew Sachs. Sachs was less than impressed and reported Russell’s misconduct to the BBC, who then carried out a formal investigation after receiving over 30,000 complaints from listeners. This all led to Russell having to step down from his show. 

Katy Perry and Russell Brand

His breakout film role was in 2008′s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, where he played sex addict rocker Aldous Snow. He also appeared with Adam Sandler in 2008′s family film, Bedtime Stories. Russell has filmed a number of stand up comedy DVD specials and even released a memior called “My Booky Wook.” In his newest film, Get Him to the Greek, he reprises the role of Aldous Snow and he’s already set his sights on an Oscar…

He’s said to “I’m hoping to get an Oscar for this. I don’t want to jinx it, but there’s a real Oscar buzz around the film. A lot of people have been talking about Oscars. They’re saying that I might get one. Hopefully, I’ll get an Oscar and if I don’t get it I might not make films anymore.”

We’re not holding our breathe (!) but we are very excited to see the film from 25th June 2010.  

Russell is currently engaged to pop singer, Katy Perry, whom he met on the set of Get Him to the Greek. 

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