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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Release confirmed for Four Kids And It

Starring Russell Brand and Michael Caine

Sky has confirmed a release date for its film version of Four Children And It starring Russell Brand.

Renamed as Four Kids And It, the movie also stars Sir Michael Caine, Matthew Goode and Paula Patton.

It will be available on Sky Cinema the same day as its theatrical release at Easter 2020.

Directed by Andy De Emmony,  the film is based on Jacqueline Wilson’s hugely popular 2012 children’s book, Four Children And It, illustrated by Nick Sharratt, which was itself based on  E. Nesbit’s 1902 classic Five Children And It. 

The story tells of a couple who – Patton and Good – who take their children on a family holiday to a Cornwall, where they discover a magical and grumpy Psammead (Caine), a creature with the power to grant magical wishes. 

Brand plays an aristocratic oddball called Tristan, who wants to capture the Psammead – the ‘It’ of the title – for his own gain.

A film version of the original book was released in 2004 starring  Eddie Izzard as the voice of It.

Sarah Wright, director of Sky Cinema, said: ‘ We are passionate about great storytelling and I know, with this fantastic cast, that our customers are definitely in for a treat this Easter.’

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Published: 20 Dec 2019

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