Is Russell Brand Vegan?

Russell Brand is among the most prolific media personalities with a huge following on social media, particularly Youtube where he has garnered over 4 million followers.

Described as a free thinker who isn’t afraid to challenge established views, Russell Brand’s popularity continues to rise, and so does his influence. 

Fortunately, Russell Brand is a vegan. He started as a vegetarian by halting meat consumption when he was 14, but eventually (in 2017) he dropped dairy products, eggs, and other animal derivatives. 

In this article, we cover everything you need to know about Russell. 

What Does It Mean To Be Vegan?

Veganism is often defined as a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals. 


Vegan and vegetarian diets both exclude meat and seafood, however, the vegan diet goes a step further by eliminating every food of animal origin. 

Therefore, in addition to avoiding meat and seafood, vegans also avoid dairy products, eggs, and honey. This also includes byproducts of animal agriculture such as casein, lard, whey, gelatin, and so on. 

Going vegan means that you ought to eliminate the foods above from your diet, and opt for foods such as:

  • Vegetables
  • Bread and Pasta (some contain animal products)
  • Fruits and berries
  • Rice, wheat, and other grains
  • Beans, tofu, and tempeh
  • Vegan milk (soy, almond, pea, nut, hemp, etc.)
  • Nuts

This doesn’t mean you have to completely abandon alcohol, cookies, chocolate, and candies, as many of them are made without animal ingredients. 

Also, as more people sign up for veganism, more vegan options will follow. 

It’s possible to see this in fast-food chains— Burger King and McDonald’s have launched veggie burgers, and the same can be said for many other brands. 

About Russell Brand

Russell Brand is an English comedian, actor, and now a prolific Youtuber with a channel with over 4 million subscribers and more than 400 million views. 

He is also a passionate activist for mental health and drug rehabilitation. 

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Photo by duncan c, Russell Brand, CC BY-NC 2.0 via Flickr.

Russell Brand started his career as a comedian before becoming an MTV presenter, but it was in 2004 where he became more popular by playing the host of Big Brother’s Big Mouth, a Big Brother spin-off. 

However, one could say that people might know him best for having been married to Katy Perry, while others will surely know him best for his Youtube channel, where he tackles political topics. 

Russell Brand went from being an over-the-top celebrity making random appearances in British and American television to having one of the most controversial podcasts/Youtube channels on Earth— according to those who disagree with him, naturally. 

He promotes free speech, which invites quite a lot of criticism, something that is inevitable when addressing polarizing topics. 

Is Russell Brand Vegan?

Yes, Russell Brand is a vegan. According to trustworthy sources, Russell Brand stopped eating meat when he was 14 after listening to The Smith’s, an English Rock Band that released a song called “Meat is Murder”.

However, at this point, he still ate dairy products and eggs. It wasn’t until 2017, after “What The Health” was released, that he stopped consuming all products of animal origin. 

Therefore, Russell Brand has been vegan since 2017. 

Side Note: As you know, human beings tend to change their views over time over different topics, so it might be the case that Russell Brand, in the future, may decide to change his views on veganism. If you wish to keep track of Russell Brand’s vegan status, be sure to come back to this page in the future as we’ll update it in case of change. 


Russell Brand seems to be quite outspoken about animal cruelty and was seen in podcasts like The Joe Rogan Experience advocating for veganism. 

Russell was an early bloomer in the sense that he became vegetarian very early in his life – and it wasn’t until 2017 that he decided to go full vegan.

Here is a unique video where Russell speaks about his views on veganism while reacting to another vegan:

Related Questions

Is Russell Brand Married?

Yes, Russell Brand is currently married to Laura Gallacher, which is the sister of Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher, and the daughter of famous golfer Bernard Gallacher. Russell Brand and Laura Gallacher have been married since 2017, and they even have children together. 

Does Russell Brand Have Kids?

Yes, Russell Brand has two daughters from his marriage with Laura Gallacher— one is named Mabel, but we did not find a record of the other child’s name. Russell Brand (and his wife) keep their inner circle private, rightfully so, and therefore some information is difficult to find. 

Is Russell Brand Hindu?

Yes, Russell Brand is a Hindu and has attended Hare Krishna ceremonies/services. Russell Brand uses the meditation and self-reflection practices of the Hare Krishna movement for self-improvement. It was his religious and spiritual practices that have helped him overcome drug addiction. 

Does Russell Brand Have a Podcast?

Yes, besides his highly popular Youtube channel, Russell Brand also has a podcast called Under The Skin where he invites an array of different guests. Some of the guests he’s had on include former US Vice-President Al Gore, clinical psychologist and author Jordan Peterson, social activist and filmmaker Naomi Klein, and many others.

Does Russell Brand Have Any Illnesses?

Yes, Russell Brand suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which includes symptoms such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. He has also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a condition that affects his mood, which means it can swing from one extreme to the other. 

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