Russell Brand shot to fame in the U.S. in 2008 when he was seen as rocker "Aldous Snow" in the Judd Apatow-produced comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Since then, the British star has become an international comedic success.
In addition to BrandX with Russell Brand for FX, which he is also producing, Russell will next be seen in the Warner Bros. adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages, directed by Adam Shankman. He stars opposite Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough and Mary J. Blige.
Russell is currently filming Diablo Cody’s directorial debut in Mandate Pictures’ untitled film, previously titled Lamb of God. The film also stars Julianne Hough and Octavia Spencer and is slated for release in 2013.
Russell is currently in development to star in and produce Warner Bros. The President Stole My Girlfriend. Producing with him is his Branded Films partner, Nik Linnen. This will be the first project by Branded Films.
Russell is in pre-production for Paramount Pictures’ The Hauntrepreneur produced by Michael Bay.
Previous film credits include Warner Bros.' Arthur, Universal’s Hop, Get Him to the Greek, Disney’s Bedtime Stories and Miramax’s The Tempest.
Also an acclaimed author, Russell has written two books, My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs and Stand-Up, which was on The New York Times best-seller list for five weeks in a row, and the follow up, Booky Wook 2: This Time It’s Personal.
Russell hosted the MTV Video Music Awards in 2008; he hosted the MTV VMA’s again in 2009 and garnered the biggest VMA audience since 2004, with nearly nine million viewers. He also hosted the MTV Movie Awards this June.
Beginning his career as a stand-up comedian, Russell rose to fame in the UK in 2003 for his Big Brother spin-off, Big Brother's Big Mouth. He launched his first nationwide tour, "Shame," in 2006 and the show was released on DVD as Russell Brand: Live. Russell launched his second nationwide tour in 2007, "Russell Brand" Only Joking, "which was released on DVD as Russell Brand: Doin' Life. He brought his stand-up comedy tour to the United States in 2009 with his tour, "Russell Brand" Scandalous."
Russell currently splits his time in New York and Los Angeles.