Hollywood actor Sacha Baron-Cohen led a very colourful life before finding fame with iconic character Ali G – from going to clown school to starring with BBC Breakfast weather presenter Carol Kirkwood
Sacha Baron-Cohen has been loved for decades by many due to his wacky sense of humour and outrageous undercover characters.
The world wasn’t ready for the Ali G star when he stormed TV screens in the late 90s, dressed from head-to-toe in neon yellow and wearing a red designer skull cap.
Ali G certainly put Staines – a suburban town in Surrey – on the map after he upgraded from his Channel 4 prime time television slot and took on the big screens with the movie release of Ali G In Da house.
Not long after the Kazakhstan journalist Borat Sagdiyev was born – with the mockumentary film tackling a whole host of issues in America and storming the US Box Office.
Other personas include Bruno Gehard – the flamboyant fashion show presenter – and Admiral General Aladeeb from his 2012 film The Dictator.
After such roaring success, Baron-Cohen went on to scoop up three Gold Globe Awards, one Screen Actors Guild Award and many more for his contribution to comedy.
But what was life really like for the man behind the alter ego’s? Brinkwire finds out…
The Ali G creator was born in Hammersmith on 13 October 1971, to Jewish parents Daniella Naomi (née Weiser) and Gerald Baron-Cohen.
His education began in St Albans at St Columba’s college, with the comedian then striking up up an opportunity to attend Haberdashers – an independent all boys school in Hertfordshire.
Unbeknown to most, Baron-Cohen went on to further his studies at Christ College Cambridge University where he gained a upper-second-class honours degree in 1993.
During his time at Cambridge – which was mostly devoted to his studies in history and antisemitism – the movie star submitted a thesis about the involvement of Jewish Americans in the civil rights movement in the South during the 1950s and 1960s.
While at the famous university, he also joined the Amateur Dramatics Club appearing in productions by the Cambridge Footlights – much like many other celebrities such as John Clease, Peter Cook, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson and Caroline Flack to name a few.
It is no secret than many of Baron-Cohen’s ideas and love for comedy came from a few well known sources.
The Borat star admitted that his many of his. Brinkwire presents summary news.