1959 - Elton was born in Catford, London on May 3, 1959.
1979 - Elton studied at Godalming Grammar School and the University of Manchester.
1980 - After leaving the university, Elton became a stand-up comedian and comedy writer.
1981 - Elton joined Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson at the Comedy Store in London. He was paid £15 every time he performed his comedy routine, and soon became one of the regular.
1985 - Elton produced his first solo script the comedy-drama series Happy Families and began his successful writing partnership with Richard Curtis.
1988 - Elton published his first novel, Stark.
1990 - Elton starred in his own sitcom entitled The Man from Auntie.
2000 - Elton diverted his attention to film directing.
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