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 can currently be seen in FX Network’s “Brand X,” an unscripted late night series, which he is also producing under his production banner, Branded Films. The show is taped in front of a live studio audience and features Brand’s take on current events, pop culture and politics as well as celebrity interviews. The show entered the third cycle of its first season with an expansion to a live, full-hour format.
Brand can soon be seen in Diablo Cody’s directorial debut in Mandate Pictures’ film, PARADISE. The film also stars Julianne Hough and Octavia Spencer and is slated for release in 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 Branded Films first feature film project.
Brand is 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 splits his time in New York and Los Angeles.
The news cycle moves so quickly now that often we learn of an event through other people's reaction to it. So it was when I arrived in Los Angeles to find my Twitter feed contorted with posts of fear and confusion.