Comedian, actor & presenter Russell Brand has been vegetarian since he was 14, and declared his switch to the vegan diet on twitter, after he watched the documentary “Forks over Knives”.
Brand's career began with stand-up comedy and he competed for the New Act of the Year at London's Hackney Empire theatre in 2000. While he didn’t win, he soon landed a gig on MTV as a presenter. However, this was short-lived as he was fired for his controversial behaviour. In 2002, Brand appeared in the short-lived series Re:Brand, which featured the comedian taking on several disturbing challenges. He went to rehab around this time to battle his addiction to drugs, before spending time in a Philadelphia treatment center for his sex addiction in 2005. Following these experiences, he published My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up in 2007, which quickly became a best-seller.
While his outlandish humour led to a decrease in his popularity in Britain, Brand had a career breakthrough in America in 2008. He appeared in the comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall with Kristen Bell and Jason Segel. In 2010, he re-appeared in the American movie Get Him to the Greek alongside Jonah Hill. That same year, Brand lent his voice to the animated hit Despicable Me and appeared in Julie Taymor's film adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. He also published his second memoir, Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal (2010).
After his marriage to pop princess Katy Perry, Brand plunged into several film projects, including roles in the remake of the Dudley Moore classic comedy Arthur (2011), and the animated smash Hop (2011).
He currently has his own political-comedy YouTube channel, the Trews, and recently released a book, Revolution (2014).