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Russell Grant (born 5 February in Hillingdon, Middlesex, England) is a British astrologer and media personality. He is frequently quoted in the media, as well as working as a television presenter.

He has campaigned for the continued awareness and existence of his beloved county of Middlesex. This is outlined in his first non-astrological best-seller, The Real Counties of Britain, and he is known as "Mr Middlesex" in his historical home county. Every summer, he runs special cricket schools for young players and is also an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society.

Russell Grant has written several books dealing with astrological matters, among which is his biggest international seller The Illustrated Dream Dictionary. He has had his books translated into languages ranging from Chinese to Afrikaans, over 20 in all. He was the president of the Association of British Counties and the author of a book on British counties, The Real Counties of Britain, notable in that it commissioned the Ordnance Survey to produce maps of all the ancient counties of England, Scotland and Wales.

In 1996, he was donated the title Lord of Ashford in Middlesex and was awarded his own coat of arms by the Royal College of Heralds the following year, for being eminent in his field. He has homes in Middlesex and a 40-acre (160,000 m2) Victorian estate near Portmeirion, North Wales. He succeeded Sir John Betjeman as Patron of Roots: County Conservation. Also, he is the founder of the Middlesex Family Foundation, which links all the Middlesex-named places around the world together. He has his own officially recognised charity: WISE (Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England) Communities, and works for research into cures for Alzheimer's and dementia, and for sports and creative expression for old and young alike. To this end, he has poured much of his money into youth cricket leagues for young people, among other philanthropical and altruistic causes. He is also a well-known follower of non-league football, following local Middlesex sides and regularly appears on the non-league football show.

A little-known recording of Russell singing 'Where is Love?' recently formed the basis of a 'Name the Mystery Voice' competition on Danny Baker's BBC London 94.9 show, 'The Afternoon Retreat'.


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