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Richard Fairbrass

Background information
Birth name Richard Peter John Fairbrass
Born 22 September 1953 (1953-09-22) (age 56)
Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England
Genres Popular music
Occupations Singer and television presenter
Years active 1989–present
Associated acts Right Said Fred
Richard and Fred Fairbrass

Richard Peter John Fairbrass (born 22 September 1953) is an English singer and television presenter.



Fairbrass was born on 22 September 1953 in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, in England, and raised in East Grinstead, West Sussex. He is the lead vocalist of the band Right Said Fred which he formed with his brother Fred Fairbrass. The band became very popular in the UK from 1991.

Fairbrass is open about his bisexuality[1] and once co-hosted, with Rhona Cameron, a TV series aimed at a lesbian and gay audience called Gaytime TV (1995–1999) on BBC2.

His first taste of chart success came in 1982 as a member of novelty act Singing Sheep, whose single "Baa Baa Black Sheep" reached number 42 in the UK chart. The record is notable for being tycoon Richard Branson's sole foray into record producing.

In 1984, Richard appeared in Jazzin' for Blue Jean, a David Bowie video, as the bass player, which can be found on Best of Bowie. This video appears as an easter egg on that DVD.

In 1994 he was joint winner of Rear of the Year with Mandy Smith.

In 2001 he co-presented the television game show The Desert Forges with Gabrielle Richens for Five.

In April 2007 Fairbrass was reported to be planning to run for Mayor of London in the 2008 election.[2]

In November 2007 he announced that he and his brother, Fred Fairbrass, will be taking part in the next series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!;[3] however, the pair did not make it onto the show.[4]

In 2007 Richard Fairbrass announced that his favourite movie is The Devil Wears Prada and that he would frequently miss important football matches on TV to watch it.

In an episode of Celebrity Fantasy Homes, hosted by Gaby Roslin, Richard and his brother Fred were looking to spend 2.5 million pounds on a property in Sussex with 3 separate living accommodations for them and their mother.

Richard is rumoured to be joining supergroup Pyjamarama later this year.

Incident at gay rights rally in Moscow in May 2007

During a gay rights rally in Red Square, Moscow, on 27 May 2007 commemorating the 14th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Russia, Richard and Fred Fairbrass were assaulted by members of a counter-demonstration staged by ultra-nationalists and members of the Russian Orthodox Church.[1][5] Richard Fairbrass sustained a cut under his eye.

According to a post by Richard and Fred Fairbrass on their website, they had flown into Moscow the day before for an evening show. On the day of the incident they had been invited by their Russian show promoter to attend what was termed a "civil liberties/freedom of speech" rally in Red Square. The Fairbrass brothers were not aware that this was a gay pride demonstration and that it had been denied a licence by the Moscow authorities; they were assured that the demonstration was safe and its main purpose was to hand in a petition to the Mayor of Moscow. When they arrived they were interviewed by reporters. Suddenly, a man pushed his way through the press and punched Richard in the face. The Fairbrass brothers tried to move away but were prevented from doing so by the police. Richard was struck in the face another three or four times, while Fred - who is actually straight - had his body kicked and punched. The brothers managed to break away, but were chased by what they termed "Neo-Nazis" and attacked again. Two policemen intervened and arrested one of the attackers, and protected the brothers until their promoter came with a car to pick them up.[6]

Fred Fairbrass said that his injuries and those of his brother were healing "a lot faster than the deeper and more worrying wounds that fester inside the heads of those who attacked us and of those who were happy to watch and let it happen".[6] Speaking about the incident upon his return to the UK, Richard Fairbrass commented, "When it was over I actually felt more sorry for the guy that whacked me than I did for me... How threatened can he be, how insecure is he to be threatened by a bisexual pop singer who's most famous for singing "I'm Too Sexy"?"[1]


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