Russell Brand

Extract from The Guardian Weekend:

Brand attended both the Italia Conti stage school and the Drama Centre London (between 1995-98). “I really got trained at Drama Centre, where Paul Bettany, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan went”.

Though he accepts that he has become well known for Big Brother, stand-up is really his thing - he loves being on stage, working an audience. "It's the best thing in the world", he says. "Better than sex. It's like salvation, like redemption – hurling myself into an audience and being accepted as shamanistic. It feels incredibly liberating."