LOS ANGELES: Russell Brand has bought a mansion in Hollywood Hills West for $2.224 million.  The 38-year-old comedian’s new home boasts high ceilings, white washed walls, five huge bedrooms with five bathrooms, and an amazing view of the Los Angeles skyline from his own balcony, which also has space to cater for outdoor dining.  According to the Los Angeles Times newspaper, the property which spans across 4,800 square feet of interior space was built in 1926 and designed by architect Roy Selden Price.  Russell isn’t the first celebrity to be housed in the gothic style home since late actor Laurence Olivier lived there in the early 1930s. –EP