Russell Brand puts on a dapper display with Duran Duran's John and Roger Taylor at charity ball

He’s always spoken candidly about his past problems with substance abuse and alcoholism.

And Russell Brand, 44, was set to share his story once more at the fundraising Fire and Ice Ball for charity Changes UK in Birmingham on Saturday night.

The comedian looked dapper in a black suit jacket and was joined by Duran Duran’s John and Roger Taylor, with bass player John also having overcome addiction.

All for a good cause: Russell Brand, 44, middle, looked dapper in a black suit jacket as he joined Duran Duran's John and Roger Taylor, both 59, at a ball for charity Changes UK in Birmingham on Saturday

All for a good cause: Russell Brand, 44, middle, looked dapper in a black suit jacket as he joined Duran Duran’s John and Roger Taylor, both 59, at a ball for charity Changes UK in Birmingham on Saturday 

Russell donned a smart blazer jacket for the evening which he paired with a crisp white shirt and skintight black trousers.

He completed his ensemble with a burgundy and blue patterned scarf and pair of lace-up black leather boots.

The star, who is a patron of the Changes UK charity, wore his lock locks down and in their trademark curls and ensured that his beard was also well groomed.

Dapper: The funnyman paired his jacket with a pair of skintight trousers and a crisp white shirt

Dapper: The funnyman paired his jacket with a pair of skintight trousers and a crisp white shirt

John Taylor, 59, who is also a patron of the charity, also cut a fashionable figure in a burgundy suit jacket and chic black shirt.

He added a casual touch to his outfit by donning black trainers and wore his hair in his usual funky spiked do. 

The bass player’s bandmate Roger, who played the drums in Duran Duran, was also at the event in a stylish camouflage print shirt and T-shirt.

During the night the celebrities will share their own personal stories of overcoming addiction to help raise funds to support the work of Changes UK. 

Pals: John and Russell shared an embrace as they helped raise money for the addiction charity

Pals: John and Russell shared an embrace as they helped raise money for the addiction charity

Having fun: The men appeared to be in high spirits as they posed for some snaps at the event

Having fun: The men appeared to be in high spirits as they posed for some snaps at the event

The Digbeth-based charity set a fundraising goal of £50,000 for the evening as it celebrated 10 years of transforming lives. 

The group works with people wanting to detox and start their recovery, supporting them into accommodation and providing training and employment opportunities.

Speaking ahead of the night Russell said: ‘This is such an incredible cause, one which continues to save and transform lives.

Candid: Russell and John will share their own addiction stories at the ball in Birmingham

Candid: Russell and John will share their own addiction stories at the ball in Birmingham

Animated: Russell wore his locks down and curly and made sure to groom his beard

Animated: Russell wore his locks down and curly and made sure to groom his beard 

‘Steve and his fantastic team remain close to my heart, as they have since the day we met, and I stand proud as their charity’s Patron.’

While bassist John and drummer Roger, both Birmingham natives, are taking a break from the studio and their new Duran Duran album to join the celebration.

John said: ‘As always, we are proud to support Changes UK and the work they do for people in recovery as well as for their families. 

Fundraiser: The Digbeth-based charity set a fundraising goal of £50,000 for the evening as it celebrates 10 years of transforming lives (pictured far right is CEO Steve Dixon)

Fundraiser: The Digbeth-based charity set a fundraising goal of £50,000 for the evening as it celebrates 10 years of transforming lives (pictured far right is CEO Steve Dixon)

All dressed up: Russell added a chic scarf to his ensemble on Saturday night

Little touches: Drummer Roger wore a stylish camouflage print shirt and t-shirt under his jacket

All dressed up: Russell, left, and Roger, right, both wore black suit jackets for the charity ball with the comedian adding a chic scarf

Bandmates: Roger and John were in high spirits as they helped support the addiction charity

Bandmates: Roger and John were in high spirits as they helped support the addiction charity

‘We look forward to celebrating ten years of Changes UK and helping to raise funds to ensure they are around for the next ten.’ 

Changes UK chief executive Steve Dixon, who founded the organisation after his own struggles with addiction, added: ‘We have been able to work with so many people in our first 10 years to support them through their recovery journeys. 

‘But sadly, there are still so many people who are trying to find their way out of the cycle of addiction. We hope the Fire and Ice Ball will raise much-needed funds to support and allow us to continue our work.’

The charity's CEO, middle pictured with John and Roger, said: 'We have been able to work with so many people in our first 10 years to support them through their recovery journeys'

The charity’s CEO, middle pictured with John and Roger, said: ‘We have been able to work with so many people in our first 10 years to support them through their recovery journeys’

Patron: Russell, pictured at the ball, described Changes UK as 'such an incredible cause' which 'saves and transforms lives'

Patron: Russell, pictured at the ball, described Changes UK as ‘such an incredible cause’ which ‘saves and transforms lives’

Russell is famously sober after battling drink and drug addiction. At 14, he suffered from bulimia before leaving home at 16 and started to use illegal drugs including cannabis, LSD, and ecstasy.

He previously explained: ‘I hit rock bottom in 2003 with an addiction to heroin, which had cost me a job at MTV, a radio show, friends and girlfriends…

‘I'd been doing drugs since age 19 and was a heroin addict for four years. Luckily, my (then-) manager and friend Chip Somers stepped in, telling me I'd wind up either in a prison, lunatic asylum or graveyard. So I went to a 12-step program.’

Candid: Russell, second left, and John, second right, will take to the stage during the evening to discuss their personal journeys with alcohol and drug addiction

Candid: Russell, second left, and John, second right, will take to the stage during the evening to discuss their personal journeys with alcohol and drug addiction 

In the past: John, left, with his bandmate Roger and Changes UK's Steve, went to rehab in the mid-90s to deal with his addiction issues and has since been working towards helping others

In the past: John, left, with his bandmate Roger and Changes UK’s Steve, went to rehab in the mid-90s to deal with his addiction issues and has since been working towards helping others

Fancy: The guests made sure to don their finest ballroom attire for the black-tie event

Fancy: The guests made sure to don their finest ballroom attire for the black-tie event

While John has also spoken openly about his past addictions, telling the BBC in a 2014 interview that while Duran Duran was in its heyday visiting every town was an excuse for a ‘blow out’.

He said: ‘Every town would be an excuse for a blow out, I could never stop after one drink while a lot of my friends could drink casually. 

‘A seemingly innocent glass of wine at lunch time and then I’d be on my knees in front of some drug dealer’s house at midnight. It was just horrible.’

However in the mid-90s the star went to rehab to deal with his addiction issues and has since been working towards helping others.

Struggles: While in Duran Duran, band pictured together in 1983, John said he struggled with alcohol. In a previous interview he said: 'A seemingly innocent glass of wine at lunch time and then I'd be on my knees in front of some drug dealer's house at midnight. It was just horrible'

Struggles: While in Duran Duran, band pictured together in 1983, John said he struggled with alcohol. In a previous interview he said: ‘A seemingly innocent glass of wine at lunch time and then I’d be on my knees in front of some drug dealer’s house at midnight. It was just horrible’

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