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Dalai Lama calls Russell Brand a 'strange, wonderful man'

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Russell Brand has been described as a "strange" and "wonderful" man by the Dalai Lama.

The Buddhist leader met Brand at an event held at Manchester's MEN Arena last night (June 16).

Russell Brand and the Dalai Lama on stage at The Manchester Evening News Arena.

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The British comedian hosted the evening, which saw the Dalai Lama give a speech to 11,000 people titled 'Century of Dialogue - Stand up & Be the Change'.

The monk laughed at Brand's humour, while also tugging at his beard, according to The Sun.

Brand told the audience: "Some of you might be surprised to see me here. I've gone from being Shagger of the Year three times to introducing the Dalai Lama.

"It has certainly been an interesting journey. The Dalai Lama told me 'We are all just people' and I've taken that on board as I was very nervous meeting him."

The Nobel Peace Prize winner later said: "Some people told me before to listen to this strange person's explanations.

"I was surprised but I think your openness is wonderful."

During his speech, the Dalai Lama praised the UK for its openness and tolerance, saying: "Britain should be very proud of its place in the world. It is known as a country which stands up against racism and intolerance and it has provided a haven for those fleeing torture and oppression."

Brand appeared to make a dig at Graham Norton during the event. Norton recently upset the comic by bringing up his divorce with Katy Perry during an interview.

Brand said: "Someone was rude to me. I was angry. I can forgive the human being but not the action. Your speech has been really good for me."

The 37-year-old can currently be seen in the comedy musical Rock of Ages opposite Tom Cruise.

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