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Russell Brand (born June 4, 1975) is a English comedian, actor, and presenter. He voices Dr. Nefario in Despicable Me and its sequel Despicable Me 2.

Early life and career

Russell Edward Brand was born in Orsett Hospital in Grays, Essex, England. His parents divorced when he was six months old, and he was raised by his mother. He has described his childhood as isolated and lonely. Brand says he had a strange relationship with his father, whom he saw sporadically and who took him to visit prostitutes during a trip to the Far East.

His theater debut was at the age of 15 in a school production of Bugsy Malone and began work as a movie extra. Brand attended Grays School Media Arts College and in 1991, he was accepted to the Italia Conti Academy and had his first year tuition funded by Essex County Council. After his first year at Italia Conti Academy, Brand was expelled for illegal drug use and poor attendance.

Brand starred alongside Adam Sandler in the Disney film Bedtime Stories, which was released on Christmas Day 2008. He reprised the role of Aldous Snow for a buddy comedy titled Get Him to the Greek, co-starring Jonah Hill. He reunited with Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller and producer Judd Apatow for the film. Brand had a role in Julie Taymor's version of William Shakespeare's The Tempest, as Trinculo. In 2010, Brand voiced Dr. Nefario in the Universal movie Despicable Me and reprised the role in the sequel, in 2013. Brand also guest starred in The Simpsons episode "Angry Dad: The Movie" as himself. Brand also starred in the April 2011 live action/CGI animated film Hop with Kaley Cuoco, in which he voiced the film's title character and protagonist E.B. The same month, he played the title character in a remake of Arthur, written by Peter Baynham.

Personal life

He married Katy Perry in October 23, 2010. After 14 months of marriage, Russell filed for divorce on December 30, 2011.

Feature Film Filmography

Year Film Position Company
2010 Despicable Me Voice Actor (as Dr. Nefario) Illumination Entertainment
2011 Hop Voice Actor (as E.B.)
2013 Despicable Me 2 Voice Actor (as Dr. Nefario)


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