Sacha Baron Cohen is a British actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer. He is best known for creating and portraying many fictional satirical characters, including Ali G, Borat Sagdiyev, Brüno, Admiral General Aladeen, Erran Morad, and multiple others. Like his idol Peter Sellers, he adopts a variety of accents and guises for his characters and rarely appears out of character.
By the early 1990s, he was hosting a weekly programme on Windsor cable television’s local broadcasts with Carol Kirkwood, who later became a BBC weather forecaster. In 1995, Channel 4 was planning a replacement for its series ‘The Word’, and disseminated an open call for new television presenters. Baron Cohen sent in a tape of himself in the character of Kristo, an Albanian fictional television reporter, which caught the attention of a producer. He hosted Pump TV from 1995 to 1996. Peter Sellers, known for portraying a wide range of comic characters using different accents and guises, was referred to by Baron Cohen as “the most seminal force in shaping [his] early ideas on comedy”.
In 1996, he began presenting the youth chat programme ‘F2F’ for Granada Talk TV and also had a small role in an advert for McCain Microchips playing the role of a chef in a commercial entitled “Ping Pong”. He took clown training in Paris, at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier, studying under master-clown Philippe Gaulier.
In most of his routines, his characters interact with unsuspecting people, documentary style, who do not realise they are being set up for comic situations and self-revealing ridicule. His other work includes voicing King Julien XIII in the ‘Madagascar’ film series and appearing in ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ in 2007, ‘Hugo’ in 2011 and ‘Les Misérables’ in 2012. He made a cameo as a BBC News Anchor in ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ in 2013. In 2016, he played an English football hooligan brother of an MI6 spy in the comedy film ‘Grimsby’, and co-starred as Time in the fantasy sequel ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’. In 2018, he created and starred in ‘Who Is America?’ for Showtime, his first television project since ‘Da Ali G Show’.
He was named Best Newcomer at the 1999 British Comedy Awards for ‘The 11 O’Clock Show’, and since then, he has received two BAFTA Awards for ‘Da Ali G Show’, several Emmy nominations, a nomination for an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay, and a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his work in the feature film ‘Borat’. After the release of ‘Borat’, he stated that because the public had become too familiar with the characters, he would retire Borat and Ali G. Similarly, after the release of ‘Brüno’, he stated he would also retire the title character. At the 2012 British Comedy Awards, he received the Outstanding Achievement Award, accepting the award while reprising his Ali G character. In 2013, he received the BAFTA Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.
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