Sacha Baron Cohen is now Britain's highest-earning actor in America.

The comedy star, who sprang to fame in 1998 as Staines-dwelling Ali G - complete with ghastly yellow tracksuits and tacky 'bling' - raked in £20 million in 2012 thanks to his hit film 'The Dictator'.

Forbes.com revealed Baron Cohen earned more than Hollywood leading men Brad Pitt and Tom Hanks.

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Other notable earnings came from his role as the voice of King Julien the lemur in 'Madagascar 3' and in his most recent role in box office smash 'Les Miserables', where he played innkeeper Thenardier.

After Baron Cohen retired his role as Channel 4's Ali G, he went on to enjoy critical acclaim with his controversial comedies 'Borat' and 'Bruno'.

Last month at the at the London Critics' Circle Awards, Helena Bonham Carter praised her 'Les Miserables' co-star Baron Cohen as a comic "genius".

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Sacha Baron Cohen as Ali G in 2002

Speaking to the BBC, the actress described the comedian as an "anarchist" and said the pair loved to make fun of each other on the set of the musical film.

With his new-found wealth, Baron Cohen seems to be in the market for a new home.

He and his wife Isla Fisher are trying to sell their Hollywood Hills house instead of leasing it out. It went on the market at $2.595 million and can still be rented for $9,950 a month, according to Realtor.com.

The 2,806-square-foot mid-century house, built in 1959, has four bedrooms and includes a detached guest house, a lagoon-style pool, spa and fire pit. It's a long way from his birth place of Hammersmith, West London and even further from Staines...

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  • 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Cocktail Reception

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Actors Daniel Day-Lewis (L) and Sacha Baron Cohen attend the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards cocktail reception at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Press Room

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: Actor Sacha Baron Cohen poses in the press room during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • NBCUniversal Golden Globes Viewing And After Party - Red Carpet

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: (L-R) Actress Amanda Seyfried, actor Sacha Baron Cohen, actress Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne of 'Les Miserables,' winner of Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical), attend the NBCUniversal Golden Globes viewing and after party held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for NBCUniversal)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Press Room

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: (L-R) Actress Helena Bonham Carter, actor Sacha Baron Cohen and actress Amanda Seyfried of 'Les Miserables' pose in the press room during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Press Room

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: (L-R) Actors Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman of 'Les Miserables' pose in the press room during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • British actor Sacha Baron Cohen promotes

    British actor Sacha Baron Cohen promotes his movie 'The Dictator' as he takes part in the TV show 'Le Grand Journal' on a set of French TV Canal+ during the 65th Cannes film festival on May 16, 2012 in Cannes, southeastern France. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • British actor Sacha Baron Cohen arrives

    British actor Sacha Baron Cohen arrives to promote his movie 'The Dictator' in the TV show 'Le Grand Journal' on a set of French TV Canal+ during the 65th Cannes film festival on May 16, 2012 in Cannes, southeastern France. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • British singer Beth Ditto and British ac

    British singer Beth Ditto and British actor Sacha Baron Cohen take part in the TV show 'Le Grand Journal' on a set of French TV Canal+ during the 65th Cannes film festival on May 16, 2012 in Cannes, southeastern France. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • British actor Sacha Baron Cohen promotes

    British actor Sacha Baron Cohen promotes his movie 'The Dictator' as he takes part in the TV show 'Le Grand Journal' on a set of French TV Canal+ during the 65th Cannes film festival on May 16, 2012 in Cannes, southeastern France. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • British actor Sacha Baron Cohen dressed

    British actor Sacha Baron Cohen dressed as Admiral General Aladeen poses during a photocall to promote the film 'The Dictator' in front of the Carlton Hotel at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 16, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • British actor Sacha Baron Cohen dressed

    British actor Sacha Baron Cohen dressed as Admiral General Aladeen walks with a camel during a photocall to promote the film 'The Dictator' in front of the Carlton Hotel at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 16, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • British actor Sacha Baron Cohen dressed

    British actor Sacha Baron Cohen dressed as Admiral General Aladeen poses during a photocall to promote the film 'The Dictator' in front of the Carlton Hotel at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 16, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • British actor Sacha Baron Cohen dressed

    British actor Sacha Baron Cohen dressed as Admiral General Aladeen holds a camel during a photocall to promote the film 'The Dictator' in front of the Carlton Hotel at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 16, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • British actor Sacha Baron Cohen dressed

    British actor Sacha Baron Cohen dressed as Admiral General Aladeen falls as he climbs on a camel during a photocall to promote the film 'The Dictator' in front of the Carlton Hotel at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 16, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • "THE DICTATOR" Beach Photocall - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

    CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: The Dictator (C) arrives at the Carlton Hotel during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2012 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

  • People's Choice Awards 2010 - Inside

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Actor/director Sacha Baron Cohen (L) and actor Johnny Depp pose backstage during the People's Choice Awards 2010 held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 6, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for PCA)

  • 'Bruno' the alter-ego of British satiris

    'Bruno' the alter-ego of British satirist Sacha Baron Cohen (R) poses for photographers after arriving in shining armour for the Australian premiere of his self-titled movie in Sydney on June 29, 2009. Bruno declared on June 29, that Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is 'uber-cute' and even hotter than US President Barack Obama. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 'Bruno: The Movie' Australian Premiere

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 29: Actor Sacha Baron Cohen arrives for the official Australian premiere of the film 'Bruno' at the State Theatre on June 29, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Sergio Dionisio/Getty Images)

  • 'Bruno: The Movie' Australian Press Conference

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 29: Actor Sacha Baron Cohen poses after a press conference ahead of the Australian premiere of 'Bruno: The Movie' on Macquarie Street on June 29, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

  • 'Bruno: The Movie' Australian Press Conference

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 29: Actor Sacha Baron Cohen poses after a press conference ahead of the Australian premiere of 'Bruno: The Movie' on Macquarie Street on June 29, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Universal's "Bruno" - Arrivals

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Actor Sacha Baron Cohen arrives at the premiere of Universal's 'Bruno' held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Universal's "Bruno" - Arrivals

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Actor Sacha Baron Cohen arrives at the premiere of Universal's 'Bruno' held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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