Brand has been a vegetarian since the age of 14 and a vegan since October 2011. He dresses in a flamboyant bohemian fashion, describing himself as looking like an “S&M Willy Wonka”. He has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder and went through a period of self-harming.
Brand was born in Dorset Hospital in Grays, Essex, England. He is the only child of his parents. Brand’s parents divorced when he was six months old, and he was raised by his mother. He has described his childhood as isolated and lonely. When he was seven, he was sexually abused by a tutor. When Brand was eight, his mother contracted uterine cancer and then breast cancer one year later. When he was 14, he suffered from bulimia nervosa. When he was 16, he left home because of disagreements with his mother’s live-in partner. He then started to use illegal drugs such as cannabis, amphetamines, LSD, and ecstasy.
His theatre debut was at the age of 15 and he began to work as an extra. In 1991, he was accepted to the Italia Conti Academy, and his tuition was funded by Essex County Council for his introductory year, with potential funding for three additional years. He later played small roles in children’s show – Mud and police drama – The Bill. He then decided to focus on comedy and began to write material with Karl Theobald. Brand’s first significant stand-up appearance was at the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year final in 2000. He launched his first nationwide tour, Shame, in 2006.
Russell Brand is an actor, standup comedian, and radio host with a net worth of $15 million. Russell Brand earned his net worth through his many roles in television, movies and animated films, his stand up comedy routines, as well as co-hosting a radio show called The Russell Brand Show.
Brand is known for having numerous high-profile relationships. His dating life won him The Sun’s Shagger of the Year award in 2006, 2007, and 2008. The award has been renamed “The Russell Brand Shagger of the Year Award” in honor of Brand having won three years in a row.
He and Katy Perry got married on 23 October 2010. After 14 months of marriage, Brand filed for divorce from Perry on 30 December 2011 in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences.
Saying that Brand has had a rough life would be an understatement. However, he is the ultimate example of triumph over challenges.