Russel Brand is a British actor and writer who was born in Grays, Essex, England on June 4 1975. When he was only six months old, his parents got divorced and he was then raised by his mother. He had to live with relatives for most of his childhood because his mother was...Read more diagnosed with cancer. With all those inconveniences and his father’s rare visits, Brand’s childhood wasn’t easy. Thus he left home at the age of 16. Russel was accepted by Italia Conti Academy of Theatre in 1991 but was later expelled because of bad behavior and drug use. Russel was addicted to illegal drugs and heroin. He later went to the Drama Centre London, from which he was also expelled. He then decided to switch from acting to comedy. The Englishman appeared in many TV series and stand-up shows, including his one-man show about his heroin addiction. When he worked with Jason Segel on “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” in 2008, he gained worldwide attention. At the age of 35, he worked with Jonah Hill on “Get him to the Greek”. In the following few years he worked on “Arthur”, “Despicable Me” and “Hop”. His writing debut “My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs and Stand-up” was very successful in the UK. When it was released in the USA in 2009, it was on the New York Time’s best selling list for 5 weeks. The sequel, “My Booky Wook: This Time it’s Personal” was also a big hit in the UK and was followed by numerous awards including the “British Comedy Award for Outstanding Contribution to Comedy”. Brand married pop star Katy Perry in 2010. 14 months after, he filed for a divorce and it was granted in 2012.