Sacha Baron Cohen

by ethnic on February 26, 2008

Birth Name: Sacha Noam Baron Cohen

Place of Birth: Hammersmith, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 13 October, 1971

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Sacha Baron Cohen is a British actor, comedian, and writer. He is famous for his creations, Borat and Ali G. He is fluent in Hebrew and sometimes spoke it in his Borat film.

Sacha’s father, of Eastern European Jewish descent, was born in London, England, and raised in Wales. Sacha’s mother was raised in Israel; her parents were German Jews. Sacha’s father’s family, originally named Cohen, added Baron to their surname. Sacha is married to actress Isla Fisher, with whom he has three children. Isla is a convert to Judaism.

Sacha’s paternal grandfather was Moishe/Morris Cohen (the son of Chaim/Hyman Cohen and Amelia Angell). Morris was born in Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales, to Eastern European Jewish parents. Chaim was born in Belarus.

Sacha’s paternal grandmother was Fagel Miriam Nichelby/Nicholsby/Nickolsby/Nichelsky (the daughter of Jack Naselski/Nickolsby and Chana Smiga). Fagel was an English Jew. Jack was born in Dobrzyń nad Wisłą, lipnowski, kujawsko-pomorskie, Poland.

Sacha’s maternal grandfather was Hans Weiser (the son of Zeev Weiser and Henia). Hans was a German Jew.

Sacha’s maternal grandmother was Leisel/Liselle Levi (the daughter of Albert Levi and Betty/Betti Eisemann). Leisel was a German Jew. She was born in Frankfurt, Darmstadt, Hesse.

Sources: Articles about Sacha’s films –

Genealogy of Sacha Baron Cohen –

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neiltennant May 11, 2016 at 11:17 am

On glamour magazine it was an interview, where he said he has Iranian Jewish roots as well welsh ancestors

follers May 11, 2016 at 4:04 pm

Baron Cohen has never said that. What are you referring to?

neiltennant May 11, 2016 at 11:16 am


slowdive February 2, 2016 at 7:53 pm

I also remember seeing somewhere of possible Mizrahi ancestry. He looks Levantine to me.

neiltennant July 26, 2017 at 8:29 am

me too and even Iranian roots but now only Ashkenazi

Capricious April 7, 2015 at 3:06 am

Expected Egyptian or Iranian…

The King February 7, 2013 at 11:18 am

Correction- I read somewhere that I think maybe his grandfather on his dads side was welsh.

kAyla March 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm

very nice,

I love you, Roger Scientist March 7, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I read that his mother is a Mizrahi Jew as well.

Roger March 7, 2012 at 10:39 pm

What gave you the inspiration for the new weird, stalking name?

I love you, Roger Scientist March 8, 2012 at 12:03 am

You, my dear Roger Scientist.

sarahle October 15, 2014 at 1:03 pm

I’ve actually heard the same.
I was surprised reading that he is full Ashkenazim.

neiltennant December 30, 2017 at 11:02 am

I HEARD the same


bostonelitist January 3, 2012 at 10:13 pm

One of his parents is an Iranian Jew which is Mizrahi Jew. His surname is definitely Ashenazi Jew.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 7, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I read that his mother is Iranian (Mizrahi) Jew. His father must be Ashkenazi Jew.

follers October 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm

His mother is the daughter of Hans Weiser (the son of Zeev Weiser and Henia) and Leisel Levi (the daughter of Albert Levi and Betty Eisemann).

In short, Baron Cohen’s maternal grandparents were German Jews, and definitely not of Persian Jewish descent. That was a weird internet rumor.

APS October 27, 2012 at 2:45 am

I remember reading that he also Lithuanian Jew.

neiltennant December 30, 2017 at 11:03 am

yes he is part Iranian Jew

you can see it in his face

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