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Ben Elton

Ben Elton

Ben Elton was born in Catford in 1959 and was a ubiquitous and influential member of the burgeoning alternative comedy movement throughout the 1980s.

Having had initial success with Manchester University cohorts Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmonson co-writing The Young Ones, a prolific career followed, with TV (Blackadder, The Thin Blue Line), novels, musicals and a film (Maybe Baby) under his belt.

As a performer, he hit the anti-Thatcherite zeitgeist with his scatter-gun delivery on Saturday Live and also had his own BBC series: The Man From Auntie.

An ill-judged stint as a replacement host for Wogan; collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber and work for the establishments he once mocked have latterly made him a figure of contempt for some comedians (he's been relegated to Room 101 twice) who accuse him of selling out.

It is, however, unlikely television comedy would look quite the same had it not been for Elton's influence.

Appearances by Ben Elton
Start YearAliasProgramme BrandCountry

As a Performer

Ben Elton: The Man from Auntie 1990

As a Writer

The Young Ones 1982
The Thin Blue Line 1995
Blackadder Goes Forth 1989
Blackadder II 1986
Blackadder the Third 1987
Filthy, Rich And Catflap 1987
Ben Elton: The Man from Auntie 1990
Blessed 2005

As a Director

Blessed 2005

As a Producer

The Thin Blue Line 1995

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