Ash Baron-Cohen

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Ash Baron-Cohen
Born Ashley Baron-Cohen
London, England
Other names Ash
Alma mater University of Sussex
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, film producer
Notable work This Girl's Life
Relatives Simon Baron-Cohen (brother)
Sacha Baron Cohen (cousin)

Ashley Baron-Cohen is an English filmmaker, also known as simply Ash.[1] He has a bachelor's degree in experimental psychology from University of Sussex,[2] and trained as a filmmaker at the Pasadena Art Center. He currently resides in Los Angeles.[3]

Ash is known for such films as Bang[4] and This Girl's Life.[5]

While in film school, he persuaded Richard Harris to leave the set of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven to star in his student film for free.[6]



  • 1997 – Bang – Top Ten Movies of the Year – Roger Ebert
  • 1997 – Bang – Top Ten Movies of the Year – Los Angeles Times
  • 1997 – Bang – Spirit Award Nominee – Best Newcomer
  • 1999 – Stockholm Film Festival – Nominated for "Bronze Horse" Award for Pups
  • 2000 – Cognac Festival du Film Policier – Won "New Blood" Award for Pups
  • 2000 – Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival – Won "Special Jury Prize" for Pups
  • 2005 – Little Warriors – U.S. TV Guide Winner – Outstanding Biographical Program


His brother is the academic Simon Baron-Cohen.

Ash is legally blind without his contact lens.[6]

He is the cousin of actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.


  1. ^ Yoram Allon, Del Cullen, Hannah Patterson, Contemporary North American Film Directors: A Wallflower Critical Guide (Wallflower Press, 2002), ISBN 978-1-903364-52-9, pp. 23–24. Excerpt available at Google Books.
  2. ^ "In The City of Devils: An interview with filmmaker Ash Baron Cohen", Herald de Paris, June 29, 2009.
  3. ^ "Britweek Hollywood feature – Ash Baron-Cohen under the spotlight" Archived July 23, 2012, at, Click Liverpool, May 6, 2009.
  4. ^ Holden, Stephen (November 28, 1997). "Bang (1994) FILM REVIEW; In Uniform She's King For a Day". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Leonard, John (May 21, 2005). "She Shtups to Conquer". New York. New York. 
  6. ^ a b Amy Wallace, "The Other Baron Cohen: A Narrated Biography", Esquire, June 9, 2009.

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