Sacha Baron Cohen
Born Oct. 13, 1971, in London, Sacha Baron Cohen spent a year on an Israeli kibbutz before attending Cambridge, where he studied history but immersed himself in theater. In 1998, he landed a role on the British comedy series "The Eleven O'Clock Show," where his Ali G character was born, and in 2000, he launched the Emmy-winning "Da Ali G Show." From there, it was on to the big screen with 2002's Ali G Indahouse.
Baron Cohen has since played a variety of roles, including a French Formula 1 racer in Talladega Nights and the title character in Borat (also receiving an Oscar nod for the screenplay). The always-animated actor lent his talents to Madagascar and its 2008 sequel as the voice of Julien the lemur.
The musical version of Victor Hugo's epic tale of love and sacrifice, first produced for the stage in 1985, now receives the big-screen treatment. The bloody era of the French Revolution is the backdrop to Jean Valjean's long struggle for redemption.