Born in Grays, Essex, England, in 1975, Russell Brand is best known as an actor. Russell Brand became noted for his performance in 2000 as a stand-up comedian. When he was married to Katy Perry, Russell Brand received celebrity attention from the paparazzi. Russell Brand made headlines for supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement. One of Russell Brand’s chief causes and charities is promoting awareness about mental illness. Movies featuring Russell Brand include Despicable Me, Bedtime Stories, Arthur, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Recent honors given to Russell Brand include the 2013 GQ Men of the Year Awards and the 2011 British Comedy Award.