From Ali G and Borat to Bruno and The Dictator, Sacha Baron Cohen was once one of the film and TV’s most bankable funnymen. But apart from 2016 flop The Brothers Grimsby, the cringe comedian has taken a backseat over the past few years. Here’s a look at the reasons behind his big-screen absence.
Born in Hammersmith, London, in 1971, Sacha Baron Cohen studied history at Cambridge University, which was also where he first began performing on stage. Following a stint as a fashion model, he hosted a local cable TV show, appeared in numerous commercials and made his film debut in The Jolly Boys’ Last Stand. He also trained at the Parisian clown school Ecole Philippe Gaulier.