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London passes Olympic flag to Rio

London passes Olympic flag to Rio

LONDON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Britain's Prince Harry Sunday closed the London Olympic Games during a ceremony highlighting the United Kingdom's musical legacy and looking toward Rio in 2016.
Documentary shows Brand smoking heroin

Documentary shows Brand smoking heroin

LONDON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- British comedian-actor Russell Brand has allowed video showing him smoking heroin more than a decade ago to be included in a new documentary about addiction.
Brand-Perry divorce is finalized

Brand-Perry divorce is finalized

LOS ANGELES, July 16 (UPI) -- The divorce of U.S. pop star Katy Perry and British comedian Russell Brand was finalized Monday, E! News reported.

Secretary: Britain losing war on drugs

LONDON, July 4 (UPI) -- Justice Secretary Ken Clarke told a parliamentary committee Tuesday Britain is losing the drug war.
Katy Perry's career trumped marriage

Katy Perry's career trumped marriage

LOS ANGELES, June 23 (UPI) -- Katy Perry said she gave it her best shot but her marriage to British actor Russell Brand just couldn't stand up to the demands of her career as a pop princess.
'Hunger Games' wins 4 MTV Movie Awards

'Hunger Games' wins 4 MTV Movie Awards

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 4 (UPI) -- The young-adult survival picture "The Hunger Games" won four Golden Popcorns at the MTV Movie Awards ceremony at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.
Russell Brand to host MTV Movie Awards

Russell Brand to host MTV Movie Awards

NEW YORK, May 10 (UPI) -- British comedian Russell Brand is to serve as host of the 2012 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, Calif., the cable network said Thursday.
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Russell Brand arrested in New Orleans

Russell Brand arrested in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, March 15 (UPI) -- British comedian Russell Brand turned himself in to New Orleans police after hearing a warrant was issued for his arrest, officials said Thursday.
'Jack & Jill' up for 12 Razzie Awards

'Jack & Jill' up for 12 Razzie Awards

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Adam Sandler's big-screen comedy "Jack & Jill" was nominated for a leading 12 Razzie Awards, including Worst Picture, in Los Angeles Saturday.
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Perry and Brand reach divorce settlement

Perry and Brand reach divorce settlement

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Pop star Katy Perry and comedian Russell Brand informed Los Angeles Superior Court they have reached a settlement in their divorce, documents show.
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Katy Perry to perform at Grammys

Katy Perry to perform at Grammys

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Pop star Katy Perry has been booked to perform at the 54th annual Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles, organizers said Wednesday.
'Mother,' Perry nab Choice Awards

'Mother,' Perry nab Choice Awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The TV programs "Castle" and "How I Met Your Mother," and singer Katy Perry picked up multiple People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles Wednesday night.
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Russell Brand
Cast member Russell Brand attends the premiere of the film "Bedtime Stories" in Los Angeles on December 18, 2008. (UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten)
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Russell Edward Brand (born 4 June 1975) is an English comedian, actor, columnist, singer, author and radio/television presenter.

Brand's childhood and early adulthood were marked with personal misfortune and addiction. After successfully exiting rehab, Brand achieved fame in the UK in 2003 for his Big Brother spin-off, Big Brother's Big Mouth. Although he had previously acted in movies and television, his first major role was in the film Forgetting Sarah Marshall which led to a starring role in 2010's Get Him to the Greek. He has also been a voice actor for animated films such as 2010's Despicable Me and the 2011 film Hop. He starred in the 2011 remake of the 1981 Dudley Moore film Arthur.

Brand is noted for his eccentricity and his controversies in the British media, including his dismissal from MTV for dressing up as Osama Bin Laden and controversies while presenting at various award ceremonies. The 2008 prank telephone calls he made to Andrew Sachs while co-hosting The Russell Brand Show with Jonathan Ross led to his resignation from the BBC and major policy changes in that organization. His prior drug use and promiscuity influenced his comedic material and public image. He married American pop singer Katy Perry in October 2010.

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