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Russell Brand shot to fame in the U.S. in 2008 when he was seen as rocker 'Aldous Snow' in the Judd Apatow-produced comedy FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL. Since then, the British star has become an international comedic success.
Brand is currently preparing for a world stand-up comedy tour. In July, he can be heard again as ‘Dr. Nefario’ in the Universal Studios animated sequel, DISPICABLE ME 2.
Recently seen on his own late night talk show, “Brand X,” Russell can soon be seen in Diablo Cody’s directorial debut for Mandate Pictures’ PARADISE. The film also stars Julianne Hough and Octavia Spencer and is slated for release in fall of 2013.
Brand is currently in development to star in and produce Warner Bros. THE PRESIDENT STOLE MY GIRLFRIEND. Producing with Brand is his Branded Films partner Nik Linnen. This will be the first project by Branded Films.
Brand is also in pre-production for Paramount Pictures’ THE HAUNTREPRENEUR produced by Michael Bay.
Past films include Warner Bros. ROCK OF AGES, ARTHUR, Universal’s HOP, GET HIM TO THE GREEK, FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, Disney’s BEDTIME STORIES and Miramax’s THE TEMPEST.
Also an acclaimed author, Brand has written two books, “My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs and Stand-Up,” which was on The New York Times best-seller list for five weeks in a row, and the follow up, “Booky Wook 2: This Time It’s Personal.”
Brand hosted the 2012 MTV Movie Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards in 2008; he hosted the MTV VMA’s again in 2009 and garnered the biggest VMA audience since 2004, with nearly nine million viewers.
Beginning his career as a stand-up comedian, Brand rose to fame in the UK in 2003 for his “Big Brother” spin-off, “Big Brother’s Big Mouth.” He launched his first nationwide tour, Shame, in 2006; the show was released on DVD as Russell Brand: Live. Brand launched his second nationwide tour in 2007, Russell Brand: Only Joking; released on DVD as Russell Brand: Doin’ Life. He brought his stand-up comedy tour to the United States in 2009 with his tour, Russell Brand: Scandalous.
Russell Brand currently resides in Los Angeles.