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Overview (3)

Born in London, England, UK
Birth NameBenjamin Charles Elton
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ben Elton was born on May 3, 1959 in London, England as Benjamin Charles Elton. He is a writer and actor, known for The Young Ones (1982), Much Ado About Nothing (1993) and Maybe Baby (2000). He is married to Sophie Gare. They have three children.

Spouse (1)

Sophie Gare (? - present) ( 3 children)

Trivia (11)

Already a successful comedian, Ben Elton turned to writing situation comedies during the 1980s and penned BBC classics such as The Young Ones (1982), Blackadder II (1986), Blackadder the Third (1987), Blackadder Goes Forth (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 6: The London Beat", but turned it down.
His musical, "We Will Rock You", based on the music of the rock group Queen, is performed nightly at the Paris Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. [2004]
His father was of German Jewish descent. His mother was of English background. Through his father, he is a grandson of scholar Victor Ehrenberg, and a third cousin of singer Olivia Newton-John.
The plot of his play "Gasping" shows a similarity to this quote from Tressell's "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists": "If it were possible to construct huge gasometers and to draw together and compress within them the whole of the atmosphere, it would have been done long ago, and we should have been compelled to work for [the Monopolists] in order to get money to buy air to breathe. And if that seemingly impossible thing were accomplished tomorrow, you would see thousands of people dying for want of air - or of the money to buy it - even as now thousands are dying for want of the other necessities of life. You would see people going about gasping for breath, and telling each other that the likes of them could not expect to have air to breathe unless they had the money to pay for it.".

Personal Quotes (10)

I found a fan's internet site on me in which he got almost everything wrong, including I'd changed my name. I was born Benjamin Elton. My father's family were German Jews who adopted British nationality after the War and my uncle, who served in the British Army, changed his name, under Army instructions, from the Jewish Eronberg to Elton because he wanted the same initials. My father said, "Bugger it, I want to be an Elton too", and changed from Ludwig Eronberg to Lewis Elton. That's the story, not something you pick up on a fan site that comes with so-called "fame".
I can do without the Labour Party trying to strut its funky stuff. I didn't vote Labour because they've heard of Oasis.
(On the fashion industry) "Women who don't look like women modelling clothes that don't look like clothes."
"The problem really with politics is apathy I think, particularly the Labour Party. I mean I'm a member and I can't even be arsed to leave!" (Speaking in 2005)
I once was lucky enough to meet a young lady by the name of Helen Stone who said to me "you are a bloke who don't look like a bloke. saying words which don't sound like they're funny..." that made me laugh a lot.
[on The Wright Way (2013)] I chose this situation because it offers endless opportunity for logical absurdity and big physical comedy while also allowing for a bit of social satire on a subject which looms large in everyone's lives.
[on the death of his old friend Rik Mayall] I owe him so much. He changed my life utterly when he asked me to co-write The Young Ones (1982) with him and he was with me on the day I met my wife. He always made me cry with laughter, now he's just made me cry.
[on Cliff Richard] What an extraordinary performer, one of those few people who can make you feel old and young at the same time. He had his first number one hit before I was born. When I meet him I feel like I'm twice his age. The guy is magical. I first had the privilege of working with him in '86 when he teamed up with the Young Ones to do the first Comic Relief single and sold a million records for Comic Relief. The guy is extraordinary. Age has not withered five decades of pop power, the tomatoes may be wrinkled but this man is not. He's the best, he's the king.
It seems like once you've been on telly everyone assumes you're constantly eating caviar out of a choirboy's bottom.
And then there are the psychopaths who use a whole roll every time.

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