Russell Brand tops eccentric celebrity list

42289, NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Tuesday July 6, 2010. Comedian Russell Brand poses with fans after his appearance on the Live with Regis and Kelly show in NYC. Photograph: PacificCoastNews.comRussell Brand has been voted the ultimate eccentric celebrity in a survey – ‘Surely not!’ we hear you cry.

In a survey carried out by First Direct, the comedian beat a whole host of weird and wonderful celebrities to the title.

Over 1,000 16-25 year-old Brits were quizzed, allowing Russell to beat the Osbournes, Gok Wan and even Vivienne Westwood to the top of the list.

First Direct’s Head of Marketing Paul Say said: “Quirky celebs with a liberal attitude – typified by Russell Brand – have helped change the public’s view of what being eccentric means. With as many as 32 million Brits – 65 per cent – proudly admitting to quirky characteristics, it seems the nation is now overflowing with colourful eccentricity.”