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


Curious about ethnicity

130 Responses

  1. ectag says:

    The people on this site are WAY to preoccupied with race.

    You are all sooooo ignorant. You see an Englishmen with brown eyes and dark hair and it blows your mind. “Whuh??? How is THAT possible? He MUST be Jewish! Or part Spanish!”

    You are all idiots.

    Look, there are millions of pure blooded Brits and Irish and Dutch etc who just happen to have dark hair and eyes. It’s really not that uncommon.

    Not all Southern Europeans are dark either. In fact none of them are dark except as perceived from a northern European perspective. Sure, if you’re a Swede, Southern Europeans are in general comparatively dark (there are full blooded Swedes with dark hair and eyes btw), but they’re pale relative to just about anywhere else.

    The people on this site have very rigidly stereotyped and ill-informed ideas about the normal variation in phenotype in homogenous populations.

    Guess what? Some full-blooded Englishmen just happen to have dark hair and eyes. Some full-blooded Spaniards are pale and blonde.


    Seriously, you guys and gals need to get out more.

    • angelwings80 says:

      Thank you. As an American who’s material side of the family has dark hair. eyes, and skin I keep repeating this but they are fucking too stupid to get it. The ancestry DNA results from my mom’s side came out IRISH and Welsh as well as the thorough family tree done by my cousin

    • jonasbsjr says:

      exatly, besides the fact that people like him, Olivia Cook, and Jenna Coleman are much more likely to be similar to what the real indigenous populations of the british isles looked like, than brits like Paul Bettany, Natalie Dormer, and Jodie Comer, who are clearly norse influenced

  2. ectag says:

    You people are crazy. What, you think all British people ate pale blondes or something? There are literally millions of full blooded Brits that have dark hair and eyes.

    I think political correctness and the attendant obsession with race and ethnicity has polluted your minds. The very existence of the site itself is evidence of the degree to which the media has gotten people SO preoccupied with race and ethnicity.

    The people on this site really need an anthropology lesson or need to travel more. I see a pattern on this site where any people think any Brit or Irishmen or German with brown eyes and dark hair MUST be part Italian or Spanish (or – more ridiculously in this case, Indian), all swarthy Southern Europeans MUST be part black, etc.

    You people are retarded.

    The modern era’s obsession with race can only end badly.

  3. smiley says:

    His eyes aren’t hazel, they are brown. This is ridiculous.

  4. roman2886 says:

    He doesn’t look full English too me he maybe have some Spanish or Greek blood in him.

    • andrew says:

      realize there are many english ppl like him, wake up

      • scott says:

        That isnt true at all I’ve lived in England all my life and have never seen a native English man who looks remotely like him. Ive seen his phenotype but his colouring is way too dark. Ive never seen anyone with that silky black hair he has

        Theres been immigration to England from all over Europe over the years, its very likely he has ancestors from Southern Europe

        • andrew says:

          his hair are dark brown.

        • ectag says:

          If that’s true you must not get out much. There are plenty of people with that coloring in the British Isles with that coloring that are not part Southern European.

          I mean, seriously, ever heat of Sean Connery? Colin Farrell? Terry Jones?

          Nobody who really lived in the UK would ever make such a foolish statement. It’s like saying there are no natural blondes in Italy. I’d say not only have you never been to the UK, you don’t even know what a typical Brit looks like.

          In any event, in the case of Russell Brand, he dyes his hair and eyebrows jet black because he thinks he looks cool like that. He doesn’t.

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