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Sacha Baron Cohen

Sacha Baron Cohen

Sacha Baron Cohen at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Photo by Beacon

Sacha Baron Cohen – Life

If ever there was a comedian who could make people uncomfortable with themselves, it would have to be actor, writer, and British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. His satirical characters, Ali G, Borat, and Bruno, have made audiences everywhere squirm with their hyperbolic satires of prejudice.

He was born 13 October 1971 in Hammersmith, London, England, the youngest of three. Born to a Jewish mother, Cohen’s religion would later inform much of his satire and comedy.

Sacha Baron Cohen married in 2010, and has two daughters.

Borat

Click here to watch Sacha Baron Cohen’s famous mockumentary, Borat.

Sacha Baron Cohen – Work

Sacha Baron Cohen’s most famous works are his mockumentary style interviews where he corners interviewees while in character. For this, he won the 2007 Golden Globe for Best Actor as the titular character in Borat. Sacha Baron Cohen was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Borat was a commercial success as well in spite of, or perhaps because of, the controversy surrounding its “surprise interview” style and outrageous satire of anti-semitism. Controversy and success came with his successive films, Bruno, and The Dictator as well.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s breakout role came earlier in 2000 with Da Ali G Show, which originally aired six episodes on the BBC, before HBO picked up the series in America.

Sacha Baron Cohen is also the iconic voice of King Julian, the foppish lemur in DreamWorks’ Madagascar movies. He has appeared in other movies: alongside Johnny Depp in the 2007 adaptation of Sweeney Todd, and with Helen Bonham Carter in the 2012 version of Les Miserables.

Sacha Baron Cohen at Cambridge

Sacha Baron Cohen studied history at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge. Before launching a career in film and television, Sacha Baron Cohen got his start in student theater. He was a part of the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club as well as the Cambridge Footlights, whose notable alumni include John Cleese, Hugh Laurie, and Stephen Fry.

Christ's College

Cohen’s alma mater, Christ’s College, University of Cambridge. Photo by Chris Huang.

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