Sacha Baron Cohen

Sacha Baron Cohen

Sacha Baron Cohen shot to fame in the late eighties with his creation of Ali G and he returns to the big screen this week with another character Bruno.

Cohen completed his education before embarking on his career, studying history at Christ's College in Cambridge, before working as a male model for a time.

By the early nineties he had moved into television and was working with Carol Kirkwood at Windsor cable television. After being fired from Windsor he worked on Pump TV and The Jolly Boys' Last Stand in the mid nineties before his big break came.

And it was Ali G that provided the funnyman with his break. The character began appearing on The Eleven O'Clock Show on Channel 4, which began airing in 1998.

And it wasn't long before Channel 4 realised that they were onto a winner as Da Ali G Show hit television screen in 2000, where he also introduced the characters Borat Sagdiyev and Bruno.

Ali G fever swept the UK as the show went on to scoop the Bafta for Best Comedy as well as getting picked up for HBO.

But it was his interviews that gained him notoriety chatting with the likes of Buzz Aldrin, Victoria and David Beckham and Labour politician Tony Benn.

In 2002 Ali G got his very own movie Ali G Indahouse. But he wasn't the only character to have his very own movie as Borat made it to the big screen in 2006.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan starred as Borat Sagdiyev a journalist travelling the U.S.

The movie was a massive critical and commercial hit as Cohen went on to win a Golden Globe for his performance.

Despite the movie being surrounded by controversy the movie topped the box office in the U.S. and the UK and grossed in excess of $261.

Away from his comic creations Cohen has enjoyed a successful acting career starring alongside Will Ferrell in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and with Johnny Depp in musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

He has also lent his voice to animation success Madagascar in 2005 as King Julien, returning to the role in 2008 with Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

Ali G and Borat have all had the chance to shine on the big screen and this week it's the turn of flamboyant gay Austrian fashion journalist Bruno.

After wreaking havoc at Milan Fashion Week where he storms the catwalk at the Prada show, Bruno travels stateside to shock, befuddle and bemuse an unwitting American public.

He talks Sex and the City with a group of rugged, middle-aged huntsmen, attends an army training session in D&G underwear, adopts an African baby a la Brangelina and Madonna (and goes on a talk show to discuss it), and strips in front of former presidential candidate Ron Paul. Needless to say, Mr Paul is not amused - but comedy fans certainly will be.

Bruno is released 10th July

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw


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