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Russell Brand: From drug addict to comedy star often at the centre of controversy | Ents & Arts News

Russell Brand’s career has been through several different stages – from stand-up comedy and TV presenting to Hollywood films.

He has been addicted to heroin and alcohol and admitted being “very, very promiscuous” in the past.

But the 48-year-old has said he has no regrets about his sexual behaviour and has vehemently denied accusations of rape, sexual assaults and emotional abuse, reported by The Sunday Times and Channel 4 Dispatches.

Here, Sky News look at the life and career of Brand who has often been at the centre of controversy.

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Early life to Big Brother fame

Brand was born in Grays, Essex, in 1975. His parents separated when he was six months old, after which he was raised by his mother

When he was eight, his mother was diagnosed with cancer, and he went to live with relatives while she was treated.

At the age of 14, he began suffering from bulimia, while at 16 he fell out with his mother’s new partner and started taking drugs.

He became famous initially through stand-up, making his Edinburgh Festival debut in 2000, arriving at the tail end of the lad culture which had thrived in the 1990s.

From 2004, he spent three years presenting the Big Brother spin-off Big Mouth.

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Russell Brand performing in 2006

‘Sachsgate’ controversy to Hollywood stardom

In 2008, Brand was sacked from BBC Radio 2 after leaving a series of lewd messages on the answerphone of Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs about a romantic liaison with his granddaughter.

Media regulator Ofcom said the comments, recorded with Jonathan…

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This notice was published: 2023-09-16 16:29:00

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