Actor/comedian Russell Brand has courted controversy by urging British citizens to stop paying their taxes and mortages in a bid to force the financial industry to cancel personal debts.

The Forgetting Sarah Marshall funnyman has been campaigning against democracy in recent months, calling for a revolution to change the way countries are run.

He has attended a number of high-profile rallies over the last few days, joining protesters at an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York City and marching with nurses in London to demand higher wages for public sector workers.

Brand has now stepped up his call for revolution by urging large numbers of people to stop paying their taxes and deliberately fall behind on their mortgage payments.

In an interview posted on Theguardian.com, Brand rants, "Cancel debt for ordinary people, your mortages and credit cards. The financial industry cancelled trillions of dollars of debt... They just cancelled it. It just went away... Instead of cancelling debts of people with loads of money... cancel debt for your parents, you, the people you care about and love."

He adds, "Take away corporate power, don't co-operate, organise, don't pay your mortgage, don't pay your taxes. Not on your own, because you will go to prison. Organise. Watch this happen."