Russell Brand

Russell Brand

Date of birth: 04-06-1975

Born in Grays, Essex, to Barbara and Ron, Russell Brand was brought up by his mother. He made his theatrical debut aged 15 in a school production of Bugsy Malone, before going to the Italia Conti stage school and then the Drama Centre in Camden where, at night, he began performing stand-up.

He reached the final of the Hackney Empire New Act Of The Year competition in 2000, and soon after landed two MTV series, Dance Floor Chart and Select. However he became addicted to heroin, which affected his work. and was fired after coming to work dressed as Osama Bin Laden immediately after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

In 2002, he fronted the provocative Re:Brand, on UK Play in which he masturbated a gay man and challenged his own father to a boxing match to settle old schools. That year he also appeared in theSteve Coogan vehicle Cruise of the Gods – though he was thrown off the set for bad behaviour and his agent, John Noel, forced him into rehab.

In summer 2004, Brand was given a second chance, hosting E4’s live Big Brother discussion series Efourum. The gamble paid of for Channel 4, and Brand was on the road to becoming an international star.

The only blip on his rise came in October 2008 when, on a radio show with Jonathan Ross, Brand left filthy messages on the answerphone of Andrew Sachs, which caused huge controversy for he BBC.

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Russell Brand pulls gig over coronavirus

Infected woman had previously attended venue

Russell Brand has pulled a sold-out tour show because of the coronavirus

The comedian had been due to perform his show at the Perth Concert Hall in Western Australia tonight.

However he cancelled after a woman who attended the venue fro an earlier show tested positive to the illness last week

Twitter Brand said he was ‘not happy with the risk’ of doing the show.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘We have to sadly cancel tonight’s show in Perth because there has been a confirmed case of coronavirus in someone who attended a recent show and I am not happy with the risk for me or for any of you. My apologies, I hope to see you soon.’

There are currently four confirmed cases in the state, and three people have died from the virus in Australia, including a 78-year-old Perth man.

A woman attended a West Australian Symphony Orchestra show, along with 1,500 other audience members, while infected. She had been tested for the virus, but attended without waiting for the results – and the next day they came back positive.

‘It was very regrettable she decided to do that,’ said Dr Andrew Roberston, Western Australia chief health officer.

Despite Brand’s cancellation, all other shows are continuing in the venue, which has been ‘thoroughly cleaned based on the advice of the health authorities’.

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Published: 9 Mar 2020

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