Russell Brand

Brand in 2011, photo by s_bukley /

Birth Name: Russell Edward Brand

Place of Birth: Grays, Thurrock, Essex, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 4 June, 1975

Ethnicity: English, as well as 1/64th German

Russell Brand is an English comedian, actor, and radio host. His films include Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, Despicable Me, Hop, Arthur (2011), and Rock of Ages.

He is the son of Barbara Elizabeth and Ronald Henry Brand, a photographer. Russell is married to Scottish lifestyle blogger and restaurateur Laura Gallacher, with whom he has three children.

Russell’s paternal grandfather was Henry George Brand (the son of Henry George Brand and Alice Sarah Truman). Russell’s grandfather Henry was born in Stepney, London, England. Russell’s great-grandfather Henry was the son of Mark Henry Brand and Lydia Bond. Alice was the daughter of George Truman and Maria Louisa Bruford. Maria Louisa’s grandfather, Johann Heinrich Kohler, was German.

Russell’s paternal grandmother was named Janet Marjorie White (the daughter of William Henry White and Maud Lilian). Janet was born in Stepney, London. William was the son of William Robert White and Eleanor Mary White.

Russell’s maternal grandfather was Frederick William Nichols (the son of Frederick William Nichols and Theresa Jessie Bennett). Russell’s grandfather Frederick was born in Hackney, London, England. Russell’s great-grandfather Frederick was the son of Edward Henry Nichols and Elizabeth. Theresa was the daughter of Robert Bennett.

Russell’s maternal grandmother was Nellie A. Miller (the daughter of Bertram Miller and Nellie Minnie A. Hale). Russell’s grandmother Nellie was born in Marylebone, London, England. Russell’s great-grandmother Nellie was the daughter of William Hale.

Sources: Family history of Russell Brand –

Genealogy of Russell Brand –

Russell’s paternal grandmother, Janet Marjorie White, on the 1911 England and Wales Census –

Russell Brand ethnicity

Brand in 2014, photo by Prphotos


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130 Responses

  1. Jason 7 says:

    I wonder what Laura Gallacher’s background is? Lowland Scot with some English maybe?

  2. DannyDannyCoolDannyDannyCool911 says:

    Looks like a stereotypical Greek, but only when he has a beard. without, closer to the truth, tanned English.

  3. Yeravam says:

    That’s certainly an unusual look for Brits. He could pass as Iranian or Greek if he wanted to.

  4. Obey says:

    Even if he looks like a Latino because of black hair and brown eyes (although there are Latinos who even look like blond Germans like Gisele Bundchen, of course), he is British no doubt. Not every dark profile has to do with being indigenous or black. There are people with these same phenotypes all over the world, even in Denmark, or Finland. Whatever.

  5. ames says:

    He looks like he has some Indian or Middle Eastern ancestry, not uncommon with the English.

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