Russell Brand: Personal Life, Wife

English comedian, actor, columnist, singer, author and presenter of radio and television, Russell Edward Brand was born on 4 June 1975. Brand achieved fame in the UK for presenting a version of Big Brother: Big Brother's Big Mouth, and for his radio show, among other television series and award ceremonies. He is noted for various controversies that have surrounded him in the British media, such as the 2008 prank telephone calls that led to his resignation from the BBC. He is married with singer Katy Perry since 23 October 2010.

Comedian Russell Brand was born in Orsett Hospital, Grays, Essex, England, as the only child of Barbara Elizabeth (born Nichols) and Ronald Henry Brand, a photographer, after six years of marriage. Brand's parents separated when he was six months old, and he was raised only by his mother.

Brand’s childhood wasn’t a perfect one by far. When Brand was seven, he was sexually abused by a tutor. A year later, his mother had uterine cancer; and then she had been diagnosed again, but this time with breast cancer. During his mother’s treatment, Brand stayed with relatives. On top of this, when Brand was 14, he became bulimic.

The comedian left school and home at 16, at which time his mother had lymphoma and he did not get along with her live-in partner. All this problems set the stage form his later behavior: he began taking drugs, including: cannabis, amphetamines, LSD, ecstasy, cocaine, crack and heroin. He had a strange relationship with his father, whom he saw sporadically. After Brand's parents divorced, his father remarried twice.

Russell Brand was educated at Grays School Media Arts College. He made his theatrical debut at the age of 15 playing "Fat Sam" in a school production of Bugsy Malone, which prompted him to become an actor. He began working as an extra, and applied to study at the Italia Conti Academy. He was accepted, and Essex council funded his tuition for an introductory year, with potential funding for three additional years.

Brand joined the Academy in 1991, but was expelled during his introductory year because of his misbehavior and drug consumption. Afterward, Brand had small acting roles in the children's show Mud and in The Bill.

In 1995, Brand applied for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Drama Centre London and was accepted to Drama Centre. By this point he was a heroin addict and an alcoholic. Again, he was expelled in the final term of his last year for smashing a glass over his head and then stabbing himself in the chest and arms because of poor reactions to one of his performances.

After leaving Drama Centre, Brand decided to focus on comedy, and began writing material with Karl Theobald, whom he met at Drama Centre. They formed a short-lived double act, Theobald and Brand on Ice.

Nowadays, comedian Russell Brand lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife, Katy Perry and together they have a cat, Morrissey, Brand being singer’s big fan. He has been a vegetarian since the age of 14, and is a supporter of West Ham United; He dresses in a flamboyant bohemian fashion, describing himself as looking like an "S&M Willy Wonka".

He has bipolar disorder, but Brand has shown interest in the Hare Krishna Movement and chants the Hare Krishna mantra for drug rehabilitation.

Brand is a former heroin, sex addict and a recovering alcoholic. He has had numerous run-ins with the police, having been arrested 11 times. He has abstained from drug use since 2002 and is now a patron of the addiction charity Focus 12 and regularly attends AA and NA meetings.

After a string of high-profile relationships, comedian Russell Brand developed a reputation in the media as a ladies' man until he met singer Katy Perry in 2008, when Perry filmed a cameo for Brand's film Get Him to the Greek. Brand and Perry began dating after meeting again in September 2009 at the MTV Video Music Awards. The couple became engaged in December 2009 when Brand proposed to Perry while on a holiday in India and they got married on 23 October 2010 in a traditional Hindu ceremony, the same location where Brand proposed.

On 16 September 2010, Brand was arrested on suspected battery charges after he attacked a paparazzo that blocked his and Perry's way to catch a flight at the Los Angeles International Airport. On 17 September 2010, he was released from custody after posting $20,000 bail.

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