Russell Brand Calls For 'Joyful' Revolution
Russell Brand has called on protesters to be part of a "peaceful, effortless, joyful revolution" to seize back power from the political establishment.
The comedian - who was criticised last year for saying he didn't vote - told crowds in Parliament Square that MPs no longer represented the people.
Brand - currently dating heiress Jemima Khan - stripped off his T-shirt and replaced it with one carrying the slogan "Firefighters rescue people not bankers".
Speaking in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament at the end of a march marking the one-year anniversary of the People's Assembly being formed, he said: "The people of this building (the House of Commons) generally speaking do not represent us, they represent their friends in big business.
"It's time for us to take back our power.
"This will be a peaceful, effortless, joyful revolution and I'm very grateful to be involved in the People's Assembly."
Around 50,000 people took part in the march and Brand was joined by speakers who also included comedian and commentator Mark Steel, MP Caroline Lucas and journalist Owen Jones.
The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star said: "I obviously face accusations of being part of the 1% (of the country's wealthy elite) myself but I wasn't designed in a laboratory with Jimmy Carr and Adele, I'm from Grays in Essex."
Referencing his previous drug addiction, of which he has spoken frequently, Brand joked: "I signed on for eight years, I lived on benefits. If it wasn't for that, I wouldn't have been able to work on my quite severe crack and heroin addiction.
"Where I grew up I felt there were low expectations."
Brand, 39, called for a "total revolution" and urged young people not to vote in a New Statesman article in October last year.
He came in for criticism from former Home Secretary David Blunkett and celebrities including Peep Show star Robert Webb and X Factor mogul Simon Cowell - who said he should give away his fortune as part of his revolutionary plans.