Ben Elton

Sydney & NSW

About Ben Elton

Ben Elton is a multi‑award‑winning novelist, playwright, television writer, screenwriter and lyricist. He is also a theater, screen and TV director, a stand‑up comedian and a very occasional actor. He was born in Catford, South‑east London, on 3 May 1959, the youngest of four children. He read drama at Manchester University.

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Ben has been one of the UK’s most successful live acts for almost 30 years. He last toured in 2005/6. In 1990, he co‑hosted the Nelson Mandela Celebration at Wembley Stadium. He hosted The BRIT Awards in 1997 and 1998, and The Royal Variety Performance in 2000. He writes all his own material. Stage writing and plays include: The New Review (1985) with Richard Curtis; Gasping (1990); Silly Cow (1991); Popcorn (1997) and Blast From the Past (1998).

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