British funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen is retiring his controversial comedy characters after receiving a slew of death threats.

The actor-comedian made his name in television and film by duping celebrities and members of the public with the outlandish antics of satirical creations such as Kazakh journalist Borat, Ali G, and fashion presenter Bruno Gehard.

However Baron Cohen, who has three young children with Wedding Crashers actress Isla Fisher, admits his characters have caused a lot of upset over the years and he no longer wants to put himself in harm's way for the sake of his family.

Sacha Baron Cohen as his mock gangster character Ali G.
Sacha Baron Cohen as his mock gangster character Ali G.

"I miss those roles but cannot do them as I have responsibility for my family," he told the

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Los Angeles Times

newspaper.

"Being in a wild situation when you're deep in character, and nobody realising you're not real - that's the ultimate adrenaline. But I'm too old for it - and you start feeling irresponsible when you have a family.

"I always received death threats, but they increased after Bruno. You have to have the mindset that if something bad happens everyone is going to be fine."

Sacha Baron Cohen as Bruno.
Sacha Baron Cohen as Bruno.

His 2006 mockumentary

Borat

angered members of the Kazakh Government due to its portrayal of the country, and his 2009 follow-up

Bruno,

a similar spoof documentary focused on the fashion world, prompted a Palestinian militant group named in the film to issue violent threats against the star.

Baron Cohen had previously announced in 2007 that he was retiring Ali G and Borat but he later resurrected them.

Baron Cohen will next star in the upcoming feature The Brothers Grimsby, a mock spy film due for release later this year.

- WENN