Sacha Baron Cohen is a prolific actor, comedian, screenwriter and producer. Famed for his portrayal of some of the most outlandish characters in film and TV history, Baron Cohen is perhaps best known as the host of HBO’s popular, multiple-Emmy-nominated comedy Da Ali G Show — starring his alter ego, Ali G. Initially regarded as the #1 comedy phenomenon in England (the character originated on the British television comedy The 11 O’Clock Show), the series was an instant success after airing on HBO in 2003.
After completing two seasons, Baron Cohen set out to conquer the world with BORAT: CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN, a feature film starring his second alter ego, Borat Sagdiyev, a Kazakhstani news reporter. He produced, wrote and starred in the film, which was a worldwide success and earned Baron Cohen the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical and an Academy Award nomination for Adapted Screenplay. Last year, he revisited the character in BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM: DELIVERY OF PRODIGIOUS BRIBE TO AMERICAN REGIME FOR MAKE BENEFIT ONCE GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN, a deft skewering of Trump’s America.
Baron Cohen also teamed up with renowned director Martin Scorsese for HUGO, playing the Station Inspector in the 1930s mystery film, which went on to win five Academy Awards. The performer currently stars as Abbie Hoffman in THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7. “When I was in university my undergraduate thesis was about radical Jews in the civil rights movement in the ’60s,” notes Baron Cohen. “I found out that a lot of the Jewish radical students who went down to Mississippi to campaign for voting rights for the African-American community then went on to other radical causes. One of those guys was Abbie Hoffman.”
Baron Cohen has just earned three Golden Globe nominations, as producer and as star of BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM and for his supporting performance in THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 (for which he also received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination).