Russell Edward Brand (born June 4, 1975 in Grays, Essex, England) is an English stand-up comedian, radio DJ, television presenter, author, newspaper columnist, and actor. His first major film role was in the 2007 film St Trinian's. He became known to American audiences when he got a major role in Forgetting Sarah Marshall which led to a starring role in 2010's Get Him to the Greek. He has also been a voice actor for animated films such as 2010's Despicable Me and the 2011 film Hop. He starred in the 2011 remake of the 1981 Dudley Moore film Arthur.