Baron Cohen was raised Jewish. His paternal grandfather, Morris Cohen, who was from Pontypridd, Wales, had added “Baron” to his surname. His maternal grandmother, who lives in Haifa, Israel, trained as a ballet dancer in Germany.
Erran is a composer and has worked on several of Sacha’s films. Baron Cohen’s cousin, Simon, is an internationally renowned autism researcher. Baron Cohen attended Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, a private school in Elstree, Hertfordshire, north of London. He went on to the University of Cambridge, entering Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he read history. While attending the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club, Baron Cohen acted in the plays Fiddler on the Roof and Cyrano de Bergerac, and performed in Habonim Dror Jewish theatre performances.