In spite of his rough childhood, problems with drug abuse and a track record of short marriages, Russell Brand, has made a name for himself as a high profile comedian, actor, writer, as well as a radio host. Way up the ladder, Russell also found himself being an activist for people with the same history as his and added to that, he has been enjoying a steady marriage so far with his better half, Laura Gallacher, who also happens to be the mother of his two adorable daughters.
Let’s fill you in on Brand’s family life, net worth and other facts about this talented comedian below.
Russell Brand was born in Grays, Essex, a suburb in England, to Ronald Henry Brand whose profession was photography and Barbara Elizabeth. He was the only child of his parents who separated when he was only six months, hence, he was brought up by his mother. His childhood became very rough when his mother, Barbara, was diagnosed with uterine and breast cancer. From age 8, Russell Brand had to live with different relatives per time due to his mum’s unavailability through her period of treatment. He was privileged to see his father only once in a while. However, Brand’s father is said to have exposed him to the bad life as he said his dad once took him on a tour in Thailand during which they visited prostitutes.
Russell Brand became known for his stand up comedies in the early 2000s and in 2004, during the Edinburgh Festival, he acted a solo show; Better Now with a storyline of his addiction. His appearance as the host of Big Brother’s Eforum show further spread his fame.
In 2008, Brand featured in a comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which was a major hit for him. Many other comedies like Bedtime Stories, Get Him to the Greek, and Jonah Hill flowed in. He also featured in films like Arthur, The Tempest, Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2 and so on.
His writing skills were showcased in “My Booky Wook” which was a major breakthrough for him. In 2009, the book was published and it lasted 5 weeks as a bestseller on the New York Times list. Russell Brand did a second release; “My Booky Wook 2”, which was published in October 2010.
The iconic comedian is not doing badly at all when it comes to his earnings and though his actual salary has not been revealed, his net worth has been pegged at $15 million. Furthermore, his wife Laura Gallacher has a tidy $5 million to her name.
Who is Russell Brand’s Wife – Laura Gallacher? Daughter
Russell Brand is presently married to Laura Gallacher, a British actress and blogger popularly known for the movies; Spilt Milk, Persona & Freckle and Tyde. Laura also happens to be the sister of the famous TV presenter, Kristy Gallacher. Russell and Laura had a baby girl named Mabel in 2016 and the next year, they made their relationship official in August. In July 2018, the couple also welcomed a second daughter, however, the name of the baby has not been revealed.
In the past, Russell Brand is said to have had his first serious relationship with singer Katy Perry. They met on the set of the film Get Him to the Greek and started to date a few months afterwards in 2009 and got engaged later that year in India. The next year, they tied the knot in Rajasthan on 23 October 2010 in the Hindu way. However, their marriage lasted for only 14 months as it ended after Brand filed a request for a divorce on the 30th of December, 2011. Katy got to know about the divorce through a text message from him on 31 December 2011. Their divorce was made legal in July 2012.
The next year, Russell Brand started dating Jemima Khan but their relationship lasted only one year.
Due to Brand’s background, he has had many controversial issues which have made tabloid news over the years. He was sent out of the GQ Awards in 2013 for releasing offensive words against the Nazis and in 2012, he also got negative publicity for throwing a paparazzo’s Phone out the window while he tried to take photos of him and prior to that, in 2010, he made tabloid news for harassing a paparazzo for standing in his the way.
More Facts About Russel Brand
1. Russell Brand is a follower of the Hare Krishna movement and revealed that he did transcendental meditations as often as he could.
2. He had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar and was placed on a strict vegetarian diet.
3. Russell Brand revealed that he had to deal with an addiction to pornography.
4. The comedian has also been involved in campaigning for a wide range of issues from addiction to climate change.