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. In 1986 he joined TV-am as resident astrologer appearing on Good Morning Britain and After Nine until 1990. Later from 1992–95 he was a regular expert on This Morning with Richard and Judy offering astrological advice.
Grant has also taken the role of presenter on many shows, including Star Choice, a celebrity quiz show based on the zodiac. 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, which was a collection of over 100 five-minute travelogues produced by his own production company, Russell Grant's World Productions.
Russell Grant is a British astrologer and media personality. He has written several books on Astrology. Grant is gay and has been with his partner Doug Beaumont, who is also his manager, since 1974. Grant's original career was as an actor and performed in a variety of productions including Tom Brown's Schooldays with Keith Chegwin who shared a similar career path from acting to television. It is through this work he met Beaumont, who worked as a stagehand in a Blackpool theatre.
In 2003 Grant presented a series of eight programmes called Russell Grant's Sporting Scandals for ITV and in 2004 presented The Russell Grant Show for Sky One. On Bingo Night Live, in 2008, pre-recorded videos of Grant were shown, in which he gave opinion on the chances of winning based on his horoscope readings.
In January 2006, Grant took part in the fourth series of Celebrity Fit Club, losing over 3 stone. In May 2010, he appeared on Kitchen Burnout on ITV1 and in January 2011 he visited Turkey as part of Channel 4's Celebrity Five Go to....
On 6 September 2011, it was announced that Grant would take part in the ninth series series of Strictly Come Dancing. In the launch show, on 10 September, he was partnered with professional dancer Flavia Cacace. He was eliminated from the competition on 20 November 2011 at the show's Wembley Arena weekend.
Grant has also appeared on the 2012 series of Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two as 'Stat Man', with a guide to the numbers of winners of Strictly Come Dancing.
It was revealed in October 2012, that the annual Children in Need Appeal Night would feature a Strictly Come Dancing special, it featured Grant alongside Ann Widdecombe.
In 1983 Russell Grant and the Starlettes released cover versions of the songs No Matter What Sign You Are and Where Is Love?.
Beginning performances on Monday 14 February 2012, Grant took over from Michael Crawford in the titular role of The Wizard of Oz. The 2011 revival played at the London Palladium and features new music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Grant played a limited 12-week engagement through Sunday 6 May 2012, starring alongside Sophie Evans as Dorothy.
Grant was raised in a council house in the 1950s, his father working as a sales rep for a car accessory business. Later his parents worked at Pinewood Studios, his mother Jo dealing with contracts, his father a set designer and he spent most of his childhood in the care of his grandparents. After losing both his grandmothers to Alzheimer's disease, Grant suffered clinical depression.
Grant 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.
Grant has worked as a Redcoat at Butlin's Holiday Camps.
The Book of Birthdays by Russell Grant
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Dell (October 12, 1999)
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An astrologer offers readers sound advice on how to learn all they can about the influence of birthdays on human events.
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