By Lynda Keleer

4th February 2020

Russell Brand Net Worth

Russell Brand is widely known for his dry wit and blunt humour.

Russell Brand
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People either love or hate the loud comedian with the big ego.

When Russell enters a room, you only need to hear his voice to know that he’s in the vicinity.

His signature Essex accent just goes with the iconic look he portrays.

Besides starring in several notable films and appearing on favourite English reality television series, he’s also known for speaking his mind.

The famous comedian is known to have strong political and philosophical views on various significant world topics.

This has led him to become a public activist and campaigner, and he is now using the power of comedy to highlight important world issues.

Having achieved so much in his life time, you must be wondering what is Russell Brand’s net worth.

You’ve come to the right place because today, we will explore everything there is to know about the public activist.

Russell Brand Before Net Worth

Before we reveal Russell Brand and his astounding net worth, let’s first get to know his past.

Russell Edward Brand was born on June 4th, 1975 in Essex, England (it appears Essex produces most of the UK’s stars!).

Russell is a well-known English comedian and actor.

He is also no stranger to reality TV as he is also a presenter.

He became famous for hosting the English version of the famous Big Brother Big Mouth. Another Big Brother Big Mouth comedian Jack Whitehall has a similar fortune with a net worth of a whopping £3million at 32 years old!

However, his upbringing wasn’t what you’d expect.

But more of that later as we first reveal Russell Brand and his staggering net worth!

According to WealthyGorilla, Russell Brand’s net worth is a whopping $15 million! Which is surprisingly lower than I’m a Celebrity star Nadine Coyle . And much higher than TOWIE star Jessica Wright.

The talented actor made his theater debut at the young age of 15 during a school production of Bugsy Malone.

Soon after, Brand worked as a film extra and attended the Grays School Media Arts College.

And in 1991, Brand’s love for the performing arts was further realized when the Essex County Council funded his first year at the Italia Conti Academy.

Unfortunately, he was expelled after one year due to poor attendance and illegal drug use.

Russell Brand’s Complicated Upbringing

Russell’s upbringing was a series of unfortunate events.

You will soon realize that there might be an underlying reason for Russell’s addictive personality.

Some would say that his complicated childhood also has something to do with his dark, blunt, and malevolent humour.

When Russell was six months old, his parents separated, leaving his mother to take care of him.

Unfortunately, when he was 8 years old, his mother suffered from uterine cancer and then breast cancer a year after.

We’re taking this moment to make a PSA – Get yourself screened ladies! It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Brand lived with relatives while his mum underwent treatment.

During this time, the hopeful actor was in his teens when he was diagnosed as bipolar and hyper-manic and received treatment for depression.

This was also when he started binge-eating and vomiting.

Looking back he says:

“It was really unusual in boys, quite embarrassing. But I found it euphoric.”

Russell soon moved out of his mother’s home at 16 after several disagreements with her new partner as he now describes him as having ‘masculine energies’.

When Russell finally moved out of his mother’s supervision, this was when he started experimenting with illegal drugs.

Russell Brand’s Drug Addiction

Russell Brand is among the famous comedians known to have battled drug addiction.

If you told Russell Brand then that he will have such an immense net worth, he probably wouldn’t have believed you!

Diagnosed with manic depression in his teens, Russell began taking ‘Prozac and other things like Prozac for a while’.

According to the now famous star, narcotics was a way for him to ‘switch off’.

Russell Brand’s Drug Addiction
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Cannabis, LSD, amphetamines, and ecstasy became part of the comedian’s life.

But the one drug that ruined him was heroin.

According to an excerpt from his biography, Russell writes:

“Ever since the first couple of time I’d smoked it, in my early 20s, I had always maintained a great interest in heroin. I’d sort of fallen in love with the warmth of it – the way it felt like crawling back into the womb.”

Drugs are bad kids! Stay in school! (and away from drugs).

Years later, we’re happy to announce that the comedian took control over his drug addiction after his agent forced him to get help.

He’s now a fully-functioning activist and addiction rehab advisor who practices Ashtangha yoga five times a week!

A rejuvenated Russell commented on his new outlook on life saying:

“When I came out of treatment, I was bruised and damaged. Then I got the confidence back, thought I’ll have mad hair again. I’ll dress weird again.”

“I’m constantly working on myself.”

So the mad hair and weird dressing wasn’t because of the drug addiction??

Russell Brand the Comedian

Inappropriate, dark, and outrageous are some of the words used to describe Russell Brand’s humour.

His stand-up comedy is not for the faint hearted!

If you enjoy listening to unpopular opinions explained in a truthful and heavily Essex accented manner, then his stand up is for you.

 

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In 2000, Brand finished fourth performing stand-up for the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year.

This was when he caught the attention of agent Nigel Klarfeld of the Bound and Gagged Comedy Ltd.

Brand did his first one-man show at the Edinburgh Festival titled Better Now, which he claimed was his honest battle of his heroin addiction.

In the next year, he launched Eroticised Humour and finally in 2006, he launched his nationwide tour Shame.

Shame was Russell’s way of addressing his ‘controversies’ in the media, and he even released the DVD, calling it Russell Brand: Live.

And if you’re wondering what these ‘controversies’ are about, we’ll get to that later!

Russell’s fame isn’t just limited to English waters, Russell is also widely known internationally.

His first nationwide tour successfully put him on the map, and he later released a second tour titled Russell Brand: Only Joking.

Brand’s first US comedy special was a big one as he recorded Russell Brand in New York with the well-known Comedy Central.

From 2009 onwards Russell continued extending his international reach as he toured the UK, America, and Australia for Russell Brand: Scandalous.

Russell Brand Actor

Russell Brand’s acting career began when he was only a teenager and he has since achieved great lengths as an internationally renowned actor.

In 1994, Brand appeared in several episodes of The Bill and Mud the children’s adventure series.

Then in 2002, he appeared on two other TV shows White Teeth and Cruise of the Gods.

Brand got his major film role as character Flash Harry in the 2007 film St. Trinians.

The multi-talented comedian’s claim to American fame was from his role as the infamous Aldous Snow in Forgetting Sarah Marshall in 2008.

Russell Brand Actor
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Brand’s unique personality and portrayal of the main actress’ Rockstar boyfriend apparently was inspired during his audition as the role was originally for an author.

He then starred in several other big films alongside famous American comedians such as Adam Sandler in the Disney film Bedtime Stories in December 2008.

He then got another chance to embody his Rockstar role of Aldous Snow for Get Him to the Greek with co-star with Jonah Hill.

Russell Brand Presenter

Besides being a gifted comedian and talented actor, Russell also wears a few other important hats.

Let’s go through Russell Brand’s other ventures to see what he’s all about!

Brand had his first presenting gig as a video journalist for MTV in the year 2000.

He then toured Britain and Ibiza nightclubs for his next presenting gig for Dancefloor Chart.

The eccentric star also presented for MTV but it was shortlived after he showed up to work dressed as Osama bin Laden after the traffic September 11 attacks.

Russell apparently didn’t think it was ‘too soon’.

That didn’t stop his upwards trajectory though, as his unique take on world views and truthfulness helped him create several television programs such as RE:Brand.

He was also the host of his TV show written with the help of comic partner Matt Morgan.

In 2004, Brand hosted the Big Brother’s Eforum for the show that put him on the map, Big Brother.

Brand’s blunt character led him to step on many famous toes when he hosted the MTV Video Music Awards in 2008 for various reasons.

But mostly because of his wild accusations and name calling.

Here are some of the things he said during his opening monologue:

“Some people, I think they’re called racists, say America is not ready for a black president.”

“But I know America to be a forward-thinking country because otherwise why would you have let that retarded cowboy fella be president for eight years.”

You might be laughing now, but Brand has reported to receive death threats for his stark comments.

He even referred to Britney as ‘female Christ’ saying:

“If there was a female Christ, It’s Britney.”

The Russell Brand Show

Brand’s radio career started off with a bang in 2002 when he co-hosted with Matt Morgan on London’s Indie Rock station Xfm.

But leave it to Russell for getting fired for reading pornographic material live on-air!

Nevertheless in 2006, he co-hosted The Russell Brand Show on BBC Radio 6 Music.

The show was transferred to BBC Radio 2 and drew a fanbase of 400,000 listeners.

However, leave it up to Russell to screw things up (again)!

The Russell Brand Show
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Brand made a series of phone calls during a live episode to Andrew Sachs claiming that he had sex with Sach’s granddaughter.

It’s safe to say that the people at BBC wasn’t impressed with Brand’s performance and he was later suspended because of the incident.

He later resigned from the show and The BBC was fined £150,000 for airing the obscene calls.

Russell Brand Girlfriends

Unsurprisingly, the former host of big brother had his share of famous girlfriends.

Let’s take a look at Russell Brand’s past lovers!

Russell Brand’s most “well-known” relationship was with the singer Katy Perry.

Although they weren’t just girlfriend and boyfriend, no, the pair were married from 2010 to 2012!

Russell and the “Hot n Cold” singer met at the set of Get Him to the Greek and began a whirlwind romance beginning of fall 2009.

Katy Perry with Russell Brand
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They became engaged and got married in a Hindu ceremony in Rajasthan, India on October 23rd, 2010.

Why did they break up?

During that time, the couple seem to blame it on their conflicting busy schedules of being A-list celebrities.

After all, it was around that time when the two started gaining their fame.

Russell told Metro UK:

“The marriage didn’t last for a very long time and I think that is due to the undulating nature of fame, living in those conditions.”

However, the comedian wasn’t as ‘nice’ when he was describing the relationship years ago as he said in his 2015 documentary Brand: A Second Coming.

Brand: A Second Coming

Russell said in his documentary:

“I’m associated with the very thing I detest: vapid, vacuous, plastic, constructed, mindless celebrity,”

Ouch!

And how does singer Katy Perry feel about the smart mouth comedian?

Perry said in an interview with Vogue:

“He’s a very smart man, and I was in love with him when I married him, but let’s just say I haven’t heard from him since he texted me saying he was divorcing me December 31, 2011.”

Nonetheless, after getting some clarity years later and being in a better place in his life, Russell looks back on the relationship with positivity.

Russell comments:

“I have come away from that experience and I still feel very warm towards her,”

“When I hear about her or see her, I think, ‘Ah, there’s that person, that person in the world.'”

After Katy Perry, Russell went on to date several other celebrities including Zara Martin, Jemima Khan, and Sophie Coady.

Russell Brand Now

And after a long list of past girlfriends, Russell seems to have found the one!

Russell is now married to wife Laura Gallacher.

Who is Laura Gallacher you asked?

Laura Gallacher Russell Brand
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Laura Gallacher is an entrepreneur and sister of famous Sky Sports presenter, Kirstey Gallacher.

Together, the couple has a daughter Mabel who was born in November 2016, and the newest addition to their family, daughter Peggy.

A Controlling DAD

Brand is said to be a controlling dad that he’s even against having playdates!

In a sit-down with The Sunday Times Magazine he said:

“There is nothing playful about a playdate,”

“It’s an unrestrained, unmanaged, dangerous experiment that places my precious, perfect little girl in the company of anonymous, unvetted, potential arseholes.”

The loved up couple tied the knot in August 2017 and are often spotted having excursions together with little Mabel and Peggy.

However, the Get Him to the Greek actor received backlash on his parenting skills after some more things he said later on the same interview.

The interview ended with Brand saying:

“I would hate for you to leave with the impression that I’m sort of sat watching television, peering over the armchair at what’s going on. I’m not. Yesterday, like, I drove Mabel to the playschool and I drop her at the playschool. But I’m sensitive and awake and aware, so I have to dial a lot of s*** down to go through normal life.”

Parents all over responded to his interview with mixed reactions but our favourite were the memes!

After such an unfortunate upbringing and battle with drug addiction, Russell Brand now seems to have a firm grip on life.

Russell Brand deserves his astounding net worth for all he has done.

His positive outlook has also been deemed ‘a little strange’ to those around him but we’re all rooting for his success!

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