Posted by The Celebrity Group on May, 04 2012

Russell Grant

Russell is Britain's most loved Astrologer, and media personality. He has written several books on Astrology, provides syndicated newspaper horoscopes and also operates premium rate astrology phone lines. He even helped design the badge for Brentford F.C., the team he supports though he has been a keen follower of all non league clubs in Middlesex since the 1950s, having regularly attended games at various clubs during childhood. He has also worked as a Redcoat at Butlin's Holiday Camps. Russell Grant first appeared on television talking about astrology in 1979, featured in Yorkshire Television programme Extraordinary presented by Valerie Pitts and Melvin Harris. He was the regular astrologer on Granada Television's Live from Two which ran from 1980-81. He is best known for his appearances on breakfast television joining BBC's Breakfast Time to present the Your Stars section from 1983-86.

Television Popularity

In 1986 he joined TV-am as resident astrologer appearing on Good Morning and After Nine until 1990. Later from 1992-95 he was a regular expert on This Morning with Richard and Judy offering astrological advice. In 1991 he co-hosted with Miriam Stoppard episodes of daily show People Today and in 1994 Grant had his own six episode series, Russell Grant's All Star Show. Following the launch of Channel 5, Russell Grant presented Wideworld, a series in which members of the public were encouraged to make historical records for future generations. He also directed and starred in Russell Grant's Postcards from 1998–2002 In 2003 Grant presented a series of eight programmes called Russell Grant's Sporting Scandals for ITV1 and in 2004 presented The Russell Grant Show for Sky One. On 6 September 2011 it was announced that Grant would take part in the 2011 series of Strictly Come Dancing. In the launch show, on 10 September, he was partnered with Flavia Cacace. In February 2012, Grant took over from Michael Crawford in the title role of The Wizard of Oz. The 2011 revival plays at the London Palladium and features new music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. One of the most respected authorities on astrology, Russell Grant is in demand as an after dinner speaker and events host.