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Fun Facts about Funnyman Russell Brand

Comic actor Russell Brand certainly knows how to make them laugh, starring this week in the remake "Arthur." But did you know he got kicked out of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Drama Centre?

Find out more about this cheeky Brit!

22 Fun Facts about Russell Brand

A Brand is Born

Brand was born June 4, 1975 in Orsett Hospital, Grays, Essex, England.

Only Child

Brand is the only child of Barbara Elizabeth (née Nichols) and Ronald Henry Brand, a photographer.

Mama's Boy

He was raised solely by his mother. Brand later explained that he felt somewhat isolated growing up, and experienced a lonely childhood.

Youth Rebellion

Brand briefly attended The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Drama Centre London buy was expelled for his drug and alcohol addictions.

Comedic Chops

He began his career as a stand-up comedian and went on tour several times.

Hold the Meat, Please!

The funny guy is a vegetarian.

The British Boy Band Connection

Early in his career, Brand auditioned to be in the British boy band, 5ive.

Rock and Roll Cat

He is a big fan of The Smiths, in particular, ex-frontman Morrissey. He likes them so much that he named his cat Morrissey.

Peace Out, BBC

On October 18, 2008, during his Radio 2 show, he and Jonathan Ross left obscene messages on Andrew Sachs' voicemail, concerning the fact that Brand had slept with Sachs' granddaughter, Georgina Baillie. This program was later broadcast, provoking widespread complaint from the public and politicians such as Gordon Brown. Brand later resigned from the BBC.

The 'Sarah Marshall' Playboy

Brand plays a rock star girlfriend-stealer in the hilarious "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."

Paper Route

Before he was a successful entertainer, he was a mailman.

We're All in This Together

Brand's philosophy: "What I think, whilst human beings are diverse and different, ultimately — everyone knows what it is to be in love. Everyone knows what it is to find something funny. Everyone knows what it is to hate or to be jealous or feel insecure. We're made from the same basic stuff: 30% of DNA the same as bananas, 60% the same as worms and 98% the same as chimpanzees, so we can't be that different from each other."

Mind Your Manners, Mister

His thoughts on manners: "In England, we have such good manners that if someone says something impolite, the police will get involved. Christian Bale, I believe whilst in a restaurant, rolled his eyes at the lighting. That is an offense punishable by five years in prison in the United Kingdom. I admire Christian Bale and I think he's one of the greatest living actors on the planet currently, but we cannot shirk when it comes to good manners. If it's true that he also dropped a napkin on his way to the lavatory, then I think that he should possibly receive the death penalty."


He released a book in 2009 titled, "My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs and Stand-Up."

Love and Marriage

Brand married pop singer Katy Perry on October 23, 2010 in the countryside of Northern India.

Say No to Drugs

I think that most of the things achievable through drugs, certainly the things that people are trying to find through drugs, are accessible through other means — perhaps like meditation or prayer or contact through some kind of higher power.

Favorite Phrases

Some of his signature catchphrases are: "The Swines!" and "Hare Krishna!" and "Rhubarb!"

Go Ahead, Tempt Him

Brand portrays Trinculo in the 2010 movie adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest."

Tell Him a 'Bedtime' Story

The comedic actor worked with Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, and Courteney Cox on the family comedy "Bedtime Stories" about a man whose bedtime stories for his niece and nephew start to come true.

Go 'Greek'!

Brand stars in the hilarious film "Get Him to the Greek," as a British rock star under pressure from a record company to play at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.

'HOP' to It

Brand stars in the animated film "HOP" as the Easter Bunny's son who doesn't want to take over the family business and heads to Hollywood.

What's Up Next?

Brand is rumored to be joining the A-list cast for 2012's "Rock of Ages," playing the role of Lonnie.