The Staggers 19 August 2015 Russell Brand endorses Jeremy Corbyn to lead Labour Russell Brand, who vowed never to be moved by British politics again following Ed Miliband's shock defeat, has been won over by Jeremy Corbyn. Russell Brand poses for photographs. Photo: Getty Images Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Russell Brand, the comedian and political activist, has thrown his weight behind Jeremy Corbyn in the latest edition of his online television programme, the Trews. Brand, who in an essay for the New Statesman vowed never to vote, was won over after interviewing Ed Miliband, who secured the influential performer's endorsement. Following Miliband's shock defeat, Brand appeared to withdraw from parliamentary politics. But the surge in support for Corbyn - the Islington North MP is the overwhelming favourite to win the Labour leadership - appears to have drawn Brand back in. › Can the device of one actor playing two characters in a film ever avoid being gimmicky? Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!