Ben Elton
Ben Elton

Ben Elton

  • 64 years old
  • English
  • Writer and stand-up comedian
Ben Elton

Ben Elton is an English stand-up comedian, novelist, playwright, actor and writer who is best known for his work on 1980s sitcoms The Young Ones and Blackadder, and as the popular face of the decade's "alternative comedy" boom. Having married an Australian musician, Sophie Gare, in 1994, Elton holds dual nationality between the two countries and is now primarily resident in western Australia.

Year Production Role
2024 Ben Elton: Authentic Stupidity Coming Soon Self
2024 No Alternative Self (Archive Material)
2023 London Podcast Festival Self
2023 Blackadder: A Cunning Story Self (Archive Material)
2023 Meet The Richardsons - Series 4
  1. E1 - Episode One
Self
2023 Blackadder: The Lost Pilot Self
2023 Lenny Henry: One Of A Kind Self
2023 Ben Elton Live Writer
2023 Ben Elton Live Self
2022 Friday Night Live Host / Presenter
2020 Upstart Crow - Tomorrow & Tomorrow & Tomorrow: Lockdown Christmas 1603 Writer
2020 Upstart Crow - Tomorrow & Tomorrow & Tomorrow: Lockdown Christmas 1603
  1. Tomorrow & Tomorrow & Tomorrow: Lockdown Christmas 1603
Jack Smiggins (Voice)
2020 The Upstart Crow Writer
2019 Ben Elton Live 2019 Self
2018 Upstart Crow - Series 3
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  1. E1 - Lord, What Fools These Mortals Be!
  2. E2 - Wild Laughter In The Throat Of Death
  3. E3 - If You Prick Us, Do We Not Bleed?
  4. E4 - Sigh No More
  5. E5 - The Most Unkindest Cut Of All
  6. E6 - Go On And I Will Follow
  7. Special - A Crow Christmas Carol
Writer
2018 How The Young Ones Changed Comedy Self (Archive Material)
2017 Upstart Crow - Series 2
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  1. E1 - The Green-Eyed Monster
  2. E2 - I Know Thee Not, Old Man
  3. E3 - I Did Adore A Twinkling Star
  4. E4 - Food Of Love
  5. E5 - Beware My Sting!
  6. E6 - Sweet Sorrow
  7. Special - A Christmas Crow
Writer
2017 The Ronnie Barker Comedy Lecture Writer
2017 The Ronnie Barker Comedy Lecture Host / Presenter
2016 Upstart Crow - Series 1
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  1. E1 - Star Crossed Lovers
  2. E2 - The Play's The Thing
  3. E4 - Love Is Not Love
  4. E5 - What Bloody Man Is That?
  5. E6 - The Quality Of Mercy
Writer
2016 The Many Faces Of... - The Many Faces Of Ronnie Corbett
  1. The Many Faces Of Ronnie Corbett
Self
2014 Rik Mayall: Lord Of Misrule Self
2013 The Wright Way
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  1. E1 - The Rogue Speed Bump
  2. E2 - Conkers Bonkers
  3. E3 - Lethal Swing Back
  4. E4 - Concealed Sharp Objects
  5. E5 - Curbing The Kerb
  6. E6 - The Deadly Receptacle
Producer
2013 The Wright Way
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  1. E1 - The Rogue Speed Bump
  2. E2 - Conkers Bonkers
  3. E3 - Lethal Swing Back
  4. E4 - Concealed Sharp Objects
  5. E5 - Curbing The Kerb
  6. E6 - The Deadly Receptacle
Writer
2013 Radio 2's History Of British Comedy
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Self
2012 Bring Me Morecambe And Wise
  1. E1 - From Stage To Screen
  2. E2 - The Guest Stars
  3. E3 - At Home With Eric And Ern
  4. E4 - The Plays Wot Ernie Wrote
  5. E5 - Christmas
Self
2012 Channel 4's 30 Greatest Comedy Shows Self
2011 Ben Elton: Laughing At The 80s Host / Presenter
2010 The One...
  1. The One Ronnie
Writer
2010 Dave's One Night Stand - Series 1
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  1. E1 - Ben Elton
Host / Presenter
2009 Very Nearly An Armful - The Galton & Simpson Story Self
2008 Blackadder Rides Again Self
2008 Alan Carr's Comedy Outings
  1. E2 - Carr-ly Valentine
  2. E4 - Clinic-Al Depression
Self (Archive Material)
2008 Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten Saga Self
2008 The Museum Of Curiosity - Gallery 1
  1. E2 - Meeting Two
Guest
2007 Saturday Live Again! Self
2007 Alexei Sayle's Alternative Take
  1. E1 - Episode One
Self (Archive Material)
2007 Get A Grip Writer
2007 Get A Grip Host / Presenter
2007 Teenage Kicks Bryan
2006 The Ultimate Sitcom Self
2005 Blessed
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  1. E1 - I'm So Tired (The Beatles)
  2. E2 - Ever Fallen in Love With Someone (Buzzcocks)
  3. E3 - I'm in Love with My Car (Queen)
  4. E4 - Just Looking (Stereophonics)
  5. E5 - Hit Me Baby One More Time (Britney Spears)
  6. E6 - Who Wrote the Book of Love (The Monotones)
  7. E7 - Walk Like a Man (The Four Seasons)
  8. E8 - Lets Spend the Night Together (The Rolling Stones)
Director
2005 Blessed
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  1. E1 - I'm So Tired (The Beatles)
  2. E2 - Ever Fallen in Love With Someone (Buzzcocks)
  3. E3 - I'm in Love with My Car (Queen)
  4. E4 - Just Looking (Stereophonics)
  5. E5 - Hit Me Baby One More Time (Britney Spears)
  6. E6 - Who Wrote the Book of Love (The Monotones)
  7. E7 - Walk Like a Man (The Four Seasons)
  8. E8 - Lets Spend the Night Together (The Rolling Stones)
Writer
2004 Ronnie Barker: A BAFTA Tribute Self
2004 Britain's Best Sitcom
  1. E1 - The Launch
  2. E2 - Blackadder
Guest
2003 Comedy From Merton To Enfield
  1. E3 - Ben Elton
Self (Archive Material)
2000 Blackadder - Blackadder Back & Forth Writer
2000 Maybe Baby Director
2000 Maybe Baby Writer
1999 In Conversation With - Series 1
  1. E3 - Ben Elton
Self
1999 Laughter In The House: The Story Of British Sitcom
  1. E1 - The Early Days
  2. E3 - Modern Times
Self
1998 Blackadder - Prince Of Wales Gala Special Writer
1998 Norman Ormal: A Very Political Turtle Jack Student
1998 The Ben Elton Show
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
  7. E7 - Episode Seven
  8. E8 - Episode Eight
Writer
1998 The Ben Elton Show
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
  7. E7 - Episode Seven
  8. E8 - Episode Eight
Host / Presenter
1996 The Thin Blue Line - Series 2
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  1. E1 - Court In The Act
  2. E2 - Ism Ism Ism
  3. E3 - Fly On The Wall
  4. E4 - Alternative Culture
  5. E5 - Come On You Blues
  6. E6 - Road Rage
  7. Special - The Green Eyed Monster
Producer
1996 The Thin Blue Line - Series 2
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  1. E1 - Court In The Act
  2. E2 - Ism Ism Ism
  3. E3 - Fly On The Wall
  4. E4 - Alternative Culture
  5. E5 - Come On You Blues
  6. E6 - Road Rage
  7. Special - The Green Eyed Monster
Writer
1995 The Thin Blue Line - Series 1
  1. Special - Yuletide Spirit
Traveller Boyfriend
1995 The Thin Blue Line Creator
1995 The Thin Blue Line - Series 1
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  1. E1 - The Queen's Birthday Present
  2. E2 - Fire And Terror
  3. E3 - Honey Trap
  4. E4 - Rag Week
  5. E5 - Night Shift
  6. E6 - Kids Today
  7. Special - Yuletide Spirit
Producer
1995 The Thin Blue Line - Series 1
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  1. E1 - The Queen's Birthday Present
  2. E2 - Fire And Terror
  3. E3 - Honey Trap
  4. E4 - Rag Week
  5. E5 - Night Shift
  6. E6 - Kids Today
  7. Special - Yuletide Spirit
Writer
1995 Perry & Croft: The Sitcoms Self
1994 Harry Enfield & Chums - Series 1
  1. E1 - Episode One
Self
1994 Eric & Ernie: Bring Me Sunshine Host / Presenter
1994 Ben Elton - The Man From Auntie - Series 2
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
Writer
1994 Ben Elton - The Man From Auntie - Series 2
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
Host / Presenter
1993 Much Ado About Nothing Verges
1992 Rowan Atkinson Live Writer
1990 Ben Elton - The Man From Auntie - Series 1
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
Writer
1990 Ben Elton - The Man From Auntie - Series 1
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
Host / Presenter
1990 Mr. Bean
  1. E1 - Mr. Bean
Writer
1989 Blackadder - Blackadder Goes Forth
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  1. E1 - Captain Cook
  2. E2 - Corporal Punishment
  3. E3 - Major Star
  4. E4 - Private Plane
  5. E5 - General Hospital
  6. E6 - Goodbyeee
Writer
1988 French And Saunders - Series 2
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Self
1988 Friday Night Live
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
  7. E7 - Episode Seven
  8. E8 - Episode Eight
  9. E9 - Episode Nine
  10. E10 - Episode Ten
Writer
1988 Friday Night Live
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
  7. E7 - Episode Seven
  8. E8 - Episode Eight
  9. E9 - Episode Nine
  10. E10 - Episode Ten
Host / Presenter
1988 Blackadder - 1988 Specials
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  1. Special - The Cavalier Years
  2. Special - Blackadder's Christmas Carol
Writer
1988 Comic Relief - Red Nose Day Host / Presenter
1987 Blackadder - Black Adder The Third
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  1. E1 - Dish And Dishonesty
  2. E2 - Ink And Incapability
  3. E3 - Nob And Nobility
  4. E4 - Sense And Senility
  5. E5 - Amy And Amiability
  6. E6 - Duel And Duality
Writer
1987 Blackadder - Black Adder The Third
  1. E4 - Sense And Senility
Anarchist
1987 Saturday Live - Series 2 Host / Presenter
1987 Filthy Rich & Catflap
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
Writer
1986 Lenny Henry Tonite
  1. E1 - Pratt Outta Hell
Writer
1986 Saturday Live - Series 1 Host / Presenter
1986 Blackadder - Blackadder II
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  1. E1 - Bells
  2. E2 - Head
  3. E3 - Potato
  4. E4 - Money
  5. E5 - Beer
  6. E6 - Chains
Writer
1985 Girls On Top - Series 2
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  1. E1 - Mr. Fluffy Knows Too Much
  2. E2 - Big Snoggs
  3. E3 - Who's Ya Uncle Shelley?
  4. E4 - Bring Me More Flamingoes
  5. E5 - Mr. Yummy Brownie
  6. E6 - Lower The Donkey
Script Editor
1985 Happy Families
  1. E5 - Roxanne
Roland
1985 Girls On Top - Series 1
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  1. E1 - Four Play
  2. E2 - Staying Alive
  3. E3 - C.O.D.
  4. E4 - Cancel Toast
  5. E5 - Ident Candy Time
  6. E6 - Skankin
  7. E7 - Hark
Script Editor
1985 Happy Families
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  1. E1 - Edith
  2. E2 - Cassie
  3. E3 - Madelaine
  4. E4 - Joyce
  5. E5 - Roxanne
  6. E6 - Reunion
Writer
1984 The Young Ones - Series 2
  1. E6 - Summer Holiday
Man in Hawk Advert
1984 The Young Ones - Series 2
  1. E5 - Sick
1st Grange Hill Student
1984 The Young Ones - Series 2
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  1. E1 - Bambi
  2. E2 - Cash
  3. E3 - Nasty
  4. E4 - Time
  5. E5 - Sick
  6. E6 - Summer Holiday
Writer
1984 The Young Ones - Series 2
  1. E1 - Bambi
Kendal Mintcake
1984 Alfresco - Series 2
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
Writer
1984 Alfresco - Series 2
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
Ensemble Actor
1984 Spitting Image - Series 1
  1. E6 - Episode Six
  2. E7 - Episode Seven
  3. E12 - Episode Twelve
  4. Special - The Very Beast Of Spitting Image
Writer
1983 Alfresco - Series 1
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
  7. E7 - Episode Seven
Writer
1983 Alfresco - Series 1
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
  7. E7 - Episode Seven
Ensemble Actor
1982 The Young Ones - Series 1
  1. E6 - Flood
Radio DJ
1982 The Young Ones - Series 1
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  1. E1 - Demolition
  2. E2 - Oil
  3. E3 - Boring
  4. E4 - Bomb
  5. E5 - Interesting
  6. E6 - Flood
Writer
1982 The Young Ones - Series 1
  1. E1 - Demolition
Baz
1982 There's Nothing To Worry About!
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
Writer
1982 There's Nothing To Worry About!
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
Ensemble Actor
1981 Three Of A Kind - Series 1
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Writer

Non-comedy TV and film credits may be found here:
Ben Elton on IMDb

Born
Sunday 3rd May 1959 (64 years-old)
Nationality
English / Australian
Home town
London
Resident of
Australia (Fremantle)
National Comedy Awards, The 2023
Outstanding Male Comedy Entertainment Performance (Longlisted)
Chortle Awards 2020
Best Tour (Nominee)
Rose d'Or Awards 2007
Honorary Rose (Winner)
Olivier Awards 1998
Best New Comedy (Winner)
Olivier Awards 1991
Best New Comedy (Nominee)
BAFTA Television Awards 1990
Best Comedy (Winner)
British Comedy Awards 1990
Best Live Stand-Up Performer (Nominee)
Best Comedy Entertainment Personality (Nominee)
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