Biography

Already a successful comedian, Ben Elton turned to writing situation comedies during the 1980s and penned BBC classics such as "The Young Ones" (1982), "Black-Adder II" (1986), "Black Adder the Third" (1987), "Blackadder 4" (1989) and during the 1990s "The Thin Blue Line" (1995).

He provided lyrics for Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, "The Beautiful Game", which was nominated for Best Musical at the Laurence Olivier Theatre Awards in 2001 (2000 season).

His comedy, "Popcorn", performed at the Apollo Theatre, was awarded the 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best New Comedy of the 1997 season.

He and Andrew Lloyd Webber were awarded the 2000 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama) for Best New Musical for "The Beautiful Game", performed at the Cambridge Theatre.

Has three children : Bert, Lottie and Fred.

Is co-writer of the Queen Musical 'We Will Rock You' with the band itself.

He and Richard Curtis were offered the chance to write "Police Academy - The London Beat", but turned it down.

Was a host of The Prince's Trust 30th Birthday: Live (2006) (TV).

Already a successful comedian, Ben Elton turned to writing situation comedies during the 1980s and penned BBC classics such as "The Young Ones" (1982), "Black-Adder II" (1986), "Black Adder the Third" (1987), "Blackadder 4" (1989) and during the 1990s "The Thin Blue Line" (1995).

He provided lyrics for Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, "The Beautiful Game", which was nominated for Best Musical at the Laurence Olivier Theatre Awards in 2001 (2000 season).

His comedy, "Popcorn", performed at the Apollo Theatre, was awarded the 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best New Comedy of the 1997 season.

He and Andrew Lloyd Webber were awarded the 2000 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama) for Best New Musical for "The Beautiful Game", performed at the Cambridge Theatre.

Has three children : Bert, Lottie and Fred.

Is co-writer of the Queen Musical 'We Will Rock You' with the band itself.

He and Richard Curtis were offered the chance to write "Police Academy - The London Beat", but turned it down.

Was a host of The Prince's Trust 30th Birthday: Live (2006) (TV).

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 41

Birthday 1959-05-03

Place of Birth -

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Mr. Ben Elton

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2014 Rik Mayall: Lord of Misrule as Himself
2012 The Many Faces of Ronnie Barker as Self
2009 Angela and Friends(1 episode)
2009 Live from Studio Five(1 episode)
2008 We Are Most Amused
2007 Ben Elton: The Get A Grip Tour Live as Himself
2007 Get a Grip(6 episodes)
2006 The One Show(1 episode)
2003 Enough Rope With Andrew Denton(1 episode)
2002 V Graham Norton(1 episode)
1999 Comic Relief(19 episodes)
1998 The Heaven and Earth Show(1 episode)
1998 The Ben Elton Show(8 episodes)
1997 Ben Elton: Live as Himself
1996 Clive Anderson All Talk(1 episode)
1993 Stark(3 episodes)
1993 Ben Elton: Very Live as Himself
1990 Ben Elton: The Man from Auntie(12 episodes)
1990 Ben Elton - The Man From Auntie(12 episodes)
1989 Saturday Night Clive(1 episode)
1989 The Secret Policeman’s Biggest Ball as Himself
1988 This Morning(1 episode)
1987 The Secret Policeman’s Third Ball as Himself
1983 Blackadder(1 episode) as Anarchist
1983 Alfresco(13 episodes)
1982 The Young Ones(5 episodes)

Writing

2017 Three SummersWriter
2016 Upstart Crow(13 episodes)Writer
2012 Love Never DiesWriter
2008 Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten SagaWriter
2000 Maybe BabyScreenplay
2000 Maybe BabyNovel
1999 Blackadder Back & ForthWriter
1995 The Thin Blue Line(14 episodes)Writer
1993 Stark(6 episodes)Writer
1992 Rowan Atkinson: Not Just a Pretty FaceWriter
1990 Mr. Bean(1 episode)Writer
1988 Blackadder: The Cavalier YearsWriter
1988 Blackadder's Christmas CarolWriter
1985 Happy Families(6 episodes)Writer
1982 The Young Ones(12 episodes)Writer

Creator

2016 Upstart CrowCreator
2013 The Wright WayCreator
1995 The Thin Blue LineCreator
1993 StarkCreator
1987 Filthy Rich & CatflapCreator
1983 BlackadderCreator
1982 The Young OnesCreator

Directing

2017 Three SummersDirector
2005 Blessed(8 episodes)Director
2000 Maybe BabyDirector

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