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Who is Russell Grant?

Russell Grant was born in February 1951 in Hillingdon, Middlesex.

His parents worked at Pinewood Studios. When their marriage was breaking up, Russell Grant lived with his grandmother.

Before he became a famous astrologer, Russell Grant was an actor, whose credits included Please Sir, On the Buses and Doctor in the House.

The Observer in their article on Russell Grant around the publication of his book You Can Change Your Life, reported how, when he was an actor, Russell Grant met Doug Beaumont doing rep in Blackpool, and they have been partners ever since. Russell explained why he thought they worked well together:

"We have a lot of Jupiter in the marital segment of our charts. We have a laugh. And he's lovely, Doug. He's a very kind person."

Russell Grant's switch from acting to full-time work as an astrologer came when his popularity grew and he wrote a column for the Daily Mail and when the Queen Mother visited his stand at the Ideal Home Exhibition and he gave her an astrological consultation.

Russell's media exposure spread with regular slots on LWT's 6 o'clock show, followed by five years on BBC's Breakfast Time (from its launch) and then four years on TV-am.

His TV work broadened and went beyond just astrology.

Other notable credits include his numerous shorts for Channel 5, Russell Grant's Postcards from Britain.

Russell Grant had a mini-heart attack in May 2005.

In 2006, Russell Grant took part in Celebrity Fit Club weighing in at the start at 21st 11lbs. Other contestants included Carole Malone and Micky Quinn.

In 2010 Russell Grant became a contestant on Marco's Kitchen Burnout.

In 2011, Russell Grant was paired with Flavia Cacace in Strictly Come Dancing.

Russell proved very popular on Strictly Come Dancing and he and Flavia came eighth.

In 2017, it was announced that Russell Grant would make a special appearance in the BBC's Welsh language soap Pobol y Cwm.

He said in the press release:

"I’ve lived in Wales longer than I’ve lived anywhere else. I moved to Cardiff in 1969 and was in pantomime at the New Theatre, with Ivor Emmanuel. Then I moved to Barry, where I was for quite a while, from there I moved to Abergavenny, and then I came up north in 1999. And I’ve lived in Snowdonia since then.”

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