Isla Lang Fisher (born 3 February 1976) is a Scottish-Australian actress and author. She began acting on Australian television, on the short-lived soap opera Paradise Beach before playing Shannon Reed on the soap opera Home and Away. She has since been known for her comedic roles in Wedding Crashers (2005), Hot Rod (2007), Definitely, Maybe (2008), and Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009).
Fisher first met English comedian Sacha Baron Cohen in 2002 at a party in Sydney, Australia. The couple became engaged in 2004, and wed on 15 March 2010 in Paris, France. In order to marry Baron Cohen, Fisher converted to Judaism after three years of study and completed her conversion in early 2007, saying “I will definitely have a Jewish wedding just to be with Sacha. I would do anything — move into any religion — to be united in marriage with him. We have a future together, and religion comes second to love as far as we are concerned.” She took on the Hebrew name Ayala, the Hebrew word for Doe, and has described herself as keeping Shabbat. Fisher and Baron Cohen have two daughters: Olive, born on 19 October 2007 in Los Angeles, and Elula Lottie Miriam, born in the summer of 2010. The family lives in West London and Los Angeles.
Fisher has said that her “sensibility is Australian” and that she has a “laid-back attitude to life” that she feels is “very Australian.” Her mother and siblings live and work in Athens, Greece, while her father lives in Frankfurt, Germany, and Nicaragua.
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