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Ben Elton (1959-), Writer, performer and comedian

Benjamin Charles ('Ben') Elton

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A leading figure in the alternative comedy movement, Elton rose to fame in the early 1980s and became one of the UK's best-selling live acts. The Ben Elton Show (1993) was a popular TV showcase for his stand-up routines. His early television appearances were famed for his sparkling suits and anti-establishment jokes. Elton is also an award-winning comedy writer, co-writing The Young Ones and three series of Blackadder. He has also written plays, novels and musicals including Love Never Dies (2010). Elton created the musical shows We Will Rock You (with music by Queen) and Tonight's the Night (based on Rod Stewart songs).

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Ben Elton

by Trevor Leighton
bromide fibre print, 1997
NPG x87433