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 all his tour dates

Comic at his mother's bedside as she recovers from car crash

Russell Brand has pulled the rest of his tour to be withr his 71-year-old mother Barbara, after she was hurt in a serious car accident.

In a video posted on Twitter, he said: ‘My mum's been in a really serious road accident and has sustained what are being called "poly-traumatic injuries", that means numerous, life-threatening injuries, so I won't be able to do the rest of my Re:Birth tour. 

‘If you’ve got tickets they'll be refunded or possibly rescheduled but I can’t really imagine that. I can’t really imagine performing at the moment, I feel too sad and too connected to this. I apologise, but obviously it's circumstances beyond my control.’

Mrs Brand was injured on Thursday in a hit-and-run accident in Essex. She was being chauffeur-driven to the comedian’s home to babysit his 18-month-old daughter, Mabel, when the Audi A8 she was travelling in collided with a Vauxhall Astra.

The Sun reported that she was pulled from the car with blood coming from her nose and on the back of her head before being taken to hospital.

According to the newspaper, the Astra driver then fled the scene in a second vehicle which was following his car. Police are now trying to track him down.

Mrs Brand has survived cancer six times, and in his message, Russell said: ‘I’m sad for my mum because she’s vulnerable; she only finished chemotherapy treatment a month ago and for her to be in this situation is very difficult.

‘The man who was driving, a friend of mine, Taz, is making a good recovery’

The comedian also praised the ‘phenomenal’ NHS, which he called ‘the soul of this country,  where people are benevolent and kind and doing something valuable for a living.'

He also said he wouldn’t be on social media for some time and thanked fans for their positive messages of support.

The comic had ten more Re:Birth dates scheduled for next month, including the Manchester Apollo tomorrow.

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Published: 30 Apr 2018

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