Sacha Baron Cohen was one of the stars at last night’s British Comedy Awards, winning the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Back in 1999, he won the Best Male Comedy Newcomer award at the very same awards event. In those 13 years, he has made himself not just a household name in Britain, but a global star as well, with movies such as Borat and The Dictator.
In the UK of course, he made his name as Ali G and he was dressed as the iconic character when he collected his accolade, joking about his gold tracksuit: “lot has changed in ten years, times are tough. I've even had to start getting my tracksuits from second hand clothes shops.” He then turned round to reveal the word ‘Savile’ on the back, in reference to the disgraced former BBC presenter Jimmy Savile.
Other British stars celebrating big success last night included Jack Whitehall, who went home with The King of Comedy prize at the Channel 4 bash, The Mirror reports. The stars of the show Hunderby walked away with Best Sitcom and Best New Comedy Programme. The show, starring Julia Davis, debuted on Sky One this year. The period comedy, set in the 1830s, centers around the character of Helene, who has survived a shipwreck and been washed ashore in a small English village.
Here's Sacha Baron Cohen as Ali G accepting the award