Russell Brand enjoys a relaxing rowing session with his pooch

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: What a re-Brand! Russell enjoys a relaxing rowing session with his pooch before playing ferryman across the Thames on a wholesome day out after turning his back on wild partying

  • Russell was seen taking time off his controversial ramblings to enjoy a rowing session near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
  • The comedian, 46, bundled up in a black gilet and vibrant yellow hat during the outing with his pooch Bear 
  • He decided to help a cyclist cross the river by loading his bike on to the boat and rowing them across
  • The online personality also stopped to take selfies with two women who had seen him from the riverbank

He has recently reinvented himself as an outspoken YouTube personality, spreading scepticism about Covid vaccines and blaming the US for the war in Ukraine. 

But Russell Brand was seen taking time off his controversial ramblings as he enjoyed the outdoors by rowing near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire on Saturday.

The comedian, 46, bundled up in a black gilet worn over a grey jumper and donned black joggers on his bottom half during the outing with his pooch Bear. 

Down-time: Russell Brand was seen taking time off his controversial ramblings as he enjoyed the outdoors by rowing near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Russell – who has over 5.5million YouTube subscribers –  stood out in a vibrant yellow beanie hat, while soaking up the sun in his canoe. 

The star looked in high spirits as he wore his dark tresses down and in their trademark curls, while sporting grey stubble.  

While enjoying the relaxing outdoor activity, Russell decided to help a cyclist cross the river by loading his bike on to the boat and rowing them across. 

Fans: The comedian, 46, stopped to take selfies with two women who had seen him from the riverbank

Fun in the sun: Russell – who has over 5.5million YouTube subscribers – stood out in a vibrant yellow beanie hat, while soaking up the sun in his canoe

Helpful: While enjoying the relaxing outdoor activity, Russell decided to help a cyclist cross the river by loading his bike on to the boat and rowing them across

His German Shepard then climbed back in and he continued along the river near his £3.3million home where he lives with wife Laura Gallacher, 34, and children Mabel, five, and Peggy, three.

Russell regularly shares snaps and videos of his beloved dog Bear – which he previously describes as a ‘tornado of fur’ – to his Instagram, as well as his cats.

The online personality also stopped to take selfies with two women who had seen him from the riverbank.

Russell – who is well-known for his Big Brother’s Big Mouth presenting gig – ditched Hollywood to live a wholesome life with his family.

Low-key: Russell bundled up in a black gilet worn over a grey jumper and donned black joggers on his bottom half during the outing with his pooch Bear

Adorable: His German Shepard climbed back in and he continued along the river near his £3.3million home where he lives with wife Laura Gallacher, 34, and children Mabel, five, and Peggy, three

Casual: The star looked in high spirits as he wore his dark tresses down and in their trademark curls, while sporting grey stubble

Furry friend: Russell regularly shares snaps and videos of his beloved dog Bear – which he previously describes as a ‘tornado of fur’ – to his Instagram, as well as his cats.

Russell and his wife, TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher’s younger sister Laura, are understood to have recently taken ownership of the Crown Inn – a pub in Pishill, near Henley-on-Thames.

Nestled in the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside, the Grade II listed coaching house, which dates from the 16th Century – comes with a detached barn which can host weddings for up to 80 people.

The couple – who tied the knot in August 2017 – have found success in their other company, which specialises in TV production.

New purchase: Russell and his wife, Kirsty Gallacher’s sister Laura (both pictured in 2018) are understood to have bought the Crown Inn in Pishill, near Henley-on-Thames

Pub: The Grade II listed coaching house (pictured), which dates from the 16th Century – comes with a detached barn which can host weddings for up to 80 people

The couple shared a £1.4 million dividend in 2020, according to company accounts.

Despite famously calling for a ‘socialist egalitarian’ revolution during a Newsnight interview in 2015, Mr Brand has amassed a net worth of about £15 million thanks to his business interests and a string of luxury properties.

Russell quit alcohol and drugs in 2003, telling The Guardian in a 2013 interview: ‘My life has improved immeasurably. I have a job, a house, a cat, good friendships and generally a bright outlook.’

The actor successfully tackled his issues with Class A substances following more than a dozen brushes with the law, amongst them a high-profile arrest by the Metropolitan Police for stripping off during an anti-capitalist Mayday protest in London’s teeming Piccadilly Circus.

Then a precocious MTV reporter, he attracted further controversy by turning up for work dressed as al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, shortly after hard-line Islamic terrorists flew two passenger planes into the World Trade Centre.

Russell won wider international acclaim thanks to his role as highly-strung, drink and drug addled rock star Aldous Snow in 2010 comedy Get Him To The Greek.

But he admits the character, who aggressively snorts cocaine and suffers a fraught relationship with a vain, fame-seeking father mirrored his own back-story.

‘I was very lucky to work with (producer) Judd Apatow and they ransacked my life – I told them all about my life and my childhood,’ he explained in 2017. ‘Sometimes it was a bit weird – I remember doing it quite a lot of fake coke which was a bit triggering.’ 

However Russell insisted he has no desire to relive his excessive past, quipping: ‘F**k pleasure. And God knows I’ve tried.’ 

Throwback: Russell tackled his issues with drugs  following more than a dozen brushes with the law, amongst them a high-profile arrest by the Metropolitan Police for stripping off during an anti-capitalist Mayday protest in 2002 

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