Richard Ayoade

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Richard Ayoade
Richard Ayoade at Soho Hotel (cropped).jpg
Ayoade in 2011
Born (1977-05-23) 23 May 1977 (age 45)
London, England
Alma materSt Catharine's College, Cambridge
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • broadcaster
  • filmmaker
Years active2000–present
Lydia Fox
(m. 2007)

Richard Ellef Ayoade (/ˌˈɑːdi/ EYE-oh-AH-dee; born 23 May 1977) is a British[1][2] filmmaker, actor, author and broadcaster.[3] He played the role of socially awkward IT technician Maurice Moss in Channel 4 sitcom The IT Crowd (2006–2013), for which he won the 2014 BAFTA for Best Male Comedy Performance.

From 1998 to 1999, Ayoade was the president of the Footlights club whilst a student at the University of Cambridge. He and Matthew Holness debuted their respective characters Dean Learner and Garth Marenghi at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000, bringing the characters to television with Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004) and Man to Man with Dean Learner (2006). He appeared in the comedy shows The Mighty Boosh (2004–2007) and Nathan Barley (2005). After directing music videos for Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, he wrote and directed the comedy-drama film Submarine (2010), an adaptation of the 2008 novel by Joe Dunthorne. He co-starred in the American science fiction comedy film The Watch (2012) and his second film as a writer and director, the black comedy The Double (2013), drew inspiration from Fyodor Dostoevsky's novella of the same title.

Ayoade has frequently appeared on panel shows, mostly prominently on The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, and served as a team captain on Was It Something I Said? (2013). He presented the factual shows Gadget Man (2013–2015), its spin-off Travel Man (2015–2019), and the revival of The Crystal Maze (2017). He has also voiced characters in a number of animated projects, including the films The Boxtrolls (2014), Early Man (2018), The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019), Soul (2020), and The Bad Guys (2022), as well as the series Strange Hill High (2013–2014), Apple & Onion (2018–2021), and Disenchantment (2021).

Ayoade has written three comedic film–focused books: Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey (2014), The Grip of Film (2017), and Ayoade on Top (2019). He is currently writing two children's books: The Book That No One Wanted to Read (2022)[4] and a picture book called The Fairy Tale Fan Club (TBD).[5]

Ayoade often works alongside Julian Barratt, Matt Berry, Noel Fielding, Matthew Holness, and Rich Fulcher.[6]

Early life[edit]

The ADC Theatre, home of Footlights

Richard Ellef Ayoade was born in the Hammersmith district of London on 23 May 1977,[7] the son of a Norwegian mother and Nigerian father.[8][9] The family moved to Ipswich when he was young.[10] At the age of 15, he developed an interest in film "beyond Star Wars and Back to the Future" and began exploring the works of directors Woody Allen, Ingmar Bergman, and Federico Fellini.[11] He studied at the independent St Joseph's College in Ipswich,[12] where he recalls being "obsessed" with J. D. Salinger's book The Catcher in the Rye.[13] He was so obsessed with the book that he started to dress like its protagonist, Holden Caulfield.[13]

From 1995 to 1998, Ayoade studied law at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, where he won the Martin Steele Prize for play production[14] and was president of the amateur theatrical club Footlights.[15] He and Footlights vice-president John Oliver wrote and performed in several productions together, appearing in both Footlights' 1997 and 1998 touring shows: Emotional Baggage (directed by Matthew Holness) and Between a Rock and a Hard Place (directed by Cal McCrystal).[16] Ayoade says that his parents would not approve of studies considered to be of the "Regency era",[6] adding that "a non-vocational degree seemed such an outlandish indulgence".[17] He said that his degree in law was no longer a viable "fallback" for him and that he would need to "go back to square one".[18]


2000–2006: Garth Marenghi shows and The Mighty Boosh[edit]

Ayoade co-wrote the stage show Garth Marenghi's Fright Knight with Matthew Holness, whom he also met at the Footlights, appearing in the show with Holness at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2000 where it was nominated for a Perrier Award.[6] The show saw the debut of Holness' character Garth Marenghi, a fictional horror writer, and Ayoade's character Dean Learner, Marenghi's publisher.[19] In 2001, he won the Perrier Comedy Award for co-writing and performing in Garth Marenghi's Netherhead, the sequel to Fright Knight.[20] In 2004, Ayoade and Holness took the Marenghi character to Channel 4, creating the spoof horror comedy series Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. Ayoade wrote, directed and appeared in the series, which saw Marenghi and Learner star in a 1980s television drama that was never broadcast. Learner played Thornton Reed, a hospital administrator.[21] Along with Matt Berry, Ayoade directed, co-wrote and co-starred in AD/BC: A Rock Opera, which parodies life-of-Christ rock operas and aired on BBC Three in December 2004.[22] Ayoade was also a writer on the sketch show Bruiser in 2000, which starred former Footlights president David Mitchell and Robert Webb, and featured Holness.[23] Ayoade was featured in a bit-part as a reporter in the HBO television film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004).[24]

After appearing in Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding's radio series The Boosh, Ayoade was part of the original cast of Barratt and Fielding's The Mighty Boosh television show. He was originally selected to play the role of dangerous villain Dixon Bainbridge. However, by the time the radio series transferred to television he was under contract by Channel 4 and was only able to act in the pilot before leaving The Boosh. The part was taken by fellow Darkplace actor and eventual IT Crowd co-star Matt Berry. He later returned in the second series in 2005, to play the part of the belligerent shaman Saboo.[6] Ayoade continued his association with The Mighty Boosh in the third series, reprising his role and acting as script editor.[25] In 2005, he played the role of Ned Smanks in Chris Morris' and Charlie Brooker's sitcom Nathan Barley.[26] Ayoade's Dean Learner character was resurrected in 2006 to host a comedy chat show, Man to Man with Dean Learner, on Channel 4. The different guests were played each week by Holness.[27] Ayoade appeared in the satirical comedy series Time Trumpet in 2006, which is set in the year 2031 and saw Ayoade and other celebrities reminiscing about the year 2007 onwards.[28]

2006–2010: The IT Crowd, music videos, and Submarine[edit]

In February 2006, Ayoade began playing technically brilliant, but socially awkward, IT technician Maurice Moss in the sitcom The IT Crowd on Channel 4, appearing with Chris O'Dowd, Katherine Parkinson, Chris Morris, and later on, Matt Berry. The series' creator Graham Linehan wrote the part specifically for Ayoade.[29] In 2008, Ayoade won the award for an outstanding actor in a television comedy series at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival for his performance.[30] In 2009, Ayoade co-starred with Joel McHale in the pilot for an American version of The IT Crowd, reprising his role with the same appearance and personality; however, no series was commissioned, and the pilot never aired.[31] The original The IT Crowd ran for four seasons until 2010, with a special airing in 2013, for which Ayoade won a BAFTA for Best Male Comedy Performance.[32][33]

In 2007, he directed the music videos for the songs "Fluorescent Adolescent" by Arctic Monkeys and Super Furry Animals's "Run-Away", which starred Matt Berry. The former received a UK Music Video Award nomination, attributed by Ayoade only to the song being "so good".[10] Ayoade has frequently appeared as a panellist on The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, often with Noel Fielding, making his first appearance on The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz in 2007, which marked Channel 4's 25th anniversary.[34]

In 2008, Ayoade directed the music videos for two Vampire Weekend singles: "Oxford Comma", filmed in one long take,[10] and "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa".[35] That year he also directed videos for The Last Shadow Puppets songs "Standing Next to Me" and "My Mistakes Were Made for You", the latter of which was inspired by Federico Fellini's Toby Dammit.[10][36] He directed a live Arctic Monkeys DVD, At the Apollo (2008), recorded at the Manchester Apollo on super 16mm film. It was previewed at Vue cinemas across the UK in October 2008 and released on DVD the next month.[37] Ayoade was featured in Paul King's 2009 film Bunny and the Bull, playing an extremely boring museum tour guide.[38] That year he also directed two music videos for the Arctic Monkeys, "Crying Lightning" and "Cornerstone", and videos for Kasabian's "Vlad the Impaler", starring Fielding, and "Heads Will Roll" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.[36][39][40]

In 2010, Ayoade made his debut directorial feature, Submarine, a coming-of-age comedy-drama he adapted from Joe Dunthorne's 2008 novel of the same name. The film stars newcomers Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige with Sally Hawkins, Noah Taylor, and Paddy Considine. It follows Welsh teenager Oliver Tate (Roberts) as he becomes infatuated with a classmate (Paige) and the turmoil of his parents' failing relationship.[41] Produced by Warp Films and Film4, it premiered at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010, had a general release in the UK in March 2011, and was released in June in the US after being picked up by the Weinstein Company for North America.[42][43] Arctic Monkeys and The Last Shadow Puppets frontman Alex Turner contributed five original songs to the soundtrack, inspired by Simon & Garfunkel's music in The Graduate (1967).[36] The film was positively received by critics, with The Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw calling Ayoade a "tremendous new voice in British film".[44] Ayoade was nominated for a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer at the 65th British Academy Film Awards.[45]

2011–present: Mainstream cinema, satirical writing, and television presenting[edit]

In 2011, Ayoade directed the Community episode "Critical Film Studies" in the comedy show's second season. The episode pays homage to the 1981 film My Dinner with Andre and was named the "most brilliant half-hour of TV to arrive in this century" by Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield.[46] Ayoade then directed a performance of comedian Tommy Tiernan's world stand-up tour, Crooked Man, which was released in November 2011.[47] Ayoade provided his voice to the main cast of Channel 4's ill-received animated sitcom Full English, which aired for just five episodes in 2012 before being cancelled.[48] Ayoade starred opposite Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill in the science fiction comedy The Watch as a neighbourhood watch group that uncovers alien forces threatening the world. The film was not well received by critics, although Ayoade's performance was praised. Keith Phipps of The A.V. Club felt the film's "brightest spots" came courtesy of Ayoade, while Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune felt Ayoade was "the reason it's not entirely lame".[49][50] Also in 2012, Ayoade began voicing Todd Lagoona, an anthropomorphic hammerhead shark who was a recurring character in Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy.[51]

Ayoade at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

From 2013 to 2014, Ayoade voiced Templeton, the class nerd, in the CBBC animated series Strange Hill High.[52] He replaced Stephen Fry as presenter in the second series of Channel 4's Gadget Man in September 2013, and also presented a third and fourth season.[53] The series featured Ayoade presenting a variety of innovative products and gadgets. He was also the host of the spin-off series Travel Man, where he spent 48 hours in a different location each episode with a celebrity guest.[54] He was a team captain on the Channel 4 panel show Was It Something I Said?, which began airing October 2013 and co-starred David Mitchell as host and Micky Flanagan as fellow team captain.[55] Also in 2013, Ayoade read Roald Dahl's children book The Twits for Penguin Audio's audiobook collection and Virgin Media launched an advertising campaign starring the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt featuring the voice of Ayoade.[56][57] He provided the voice-over for Apple's iPhone 6 UK campaign with Chris O'Dowd in 2014.[58] He also appears on Channel 4's 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, usually at least once per season.

Ayoade's second feature film, the black comedy thriller The Double, was based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's 1846 novella The Double; it was written by Ayoade and Avi Korine[59] and stars Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. It concerns a timid man who becomes frustrated by the appearance of his charming doppelgänger, both of whom are played by Eisenberg.[59] It was released in April 2014 to generally positive reviews,[60] drawing comparisons to Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985) in its visuals and narrative.[61] In the stop-motion animated fantasy film The Boxtrolls (2014), Ayoade voiced Mr. Pickles, a henchman to the film's antagonist Snatcher (voiced by Ben Kingsley).[62]

Ayoade's first book, Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey, was published by Faber and Faber in October 2014. It parodies Faber's Directors on Directors series, where critically celebrated filmmakers discuss their work, and sees Ayoade conduct several fictional interviews with himself where he discusses his work and enthusiasm for the world of cinema.[63] Ayoade voiced a villainous snowman in several episodes of the 2015 reboot of the animated series Danger Mouse.[64] In June 2016, he directed a short music video for the Radiohead song "Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief", as part of a series of video vignettes to promote their album A Moon Shaped Pool.[65]

Ayoade took over as host of the Channel 4 game show The Crystal Maze in 2017, following the success of a celebrity charity special revival hosted by Stephen Merchant.[66][67] His style of presenting has been described as being "a more cerebral and intense version" of his IT Crowd character, Maurice Moss.[68] Ayoade made a cameo appearance in the comedy sequel Paddington 2 as a forensic investigator in 2017 and was amongst the voice cast for Vampire Weekend Ezra Koenig's animated series Neo Yokio in the same year.[69][70] His second book, The Grip Of Film, was published in October 2017. Written in the perspective of clueless film fanatic Gordy LaSure, in its canon is an A-Z of films and what makes them good with footnotes by Ayoade.[71] Beginning in late 2017, he has guest hosted a number of episodes of the panel show Have I Got News for You.[72] Ayoade starred in an advertisement for HSBC in 2018, which addressed other countries' cultural impact on the United Kingdom ahead of Brexit; appearing in four more in the following years[73] Ayoade voiced Treebor, a Stone Age caveman, in the Aardman Animations stop-motion comedy Early Man (2018).[74]

Since February 2018, Ayoade has voiced Onion, one of the title characters in the Cartoon Network animated series Apple & Onion.[75] He also returned to music video directing in 2018, helming the science fiction-inspired video for The Breeders song "Spacewoman".[76] Ayoade was featured in a supporting role as a pompous artist in both parts of Joanna Hogg's two-part drama The Souvenir.[77] He lent his voice as a talking ice cream cone to the animated comedy sequel The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)–which also featured Noel Fielding– and the English version of the Finnish series Moominvalley.[78][79] Ayoade provided voice work for the Star Wars Disney+ series The Mandalorian (2019) where he voiced the droid Zero in a recurring role. He also lent his voice for the animated adult fantasy sitcom Disenchantment (2021) on Netflix where he voiced the character Alva Gunderson.

Ayoade on Top, his third book published by Faber and Faber, is a tongue-in-cheek ode to the critically maligned romantic comedy View from the Top starring Gwyneth Paltrow.[80][81] The Financial Times included Ayoade on Top in its collection of the best books of 2019 and Ayoade was ranked 33rd of the 50 best comedians of the 21st century in a 2019 list published by The Guardian.[82][83]

In May 2020, it was announced that Ayoade would host the 2020 British Academy Television Awards,[84][85] which was held behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[86] He returned to host the 2021 and 2022 ceremonies.


Ayoade is a fan of French New Wave cinema and said in an interview with The Guardian that Louis Malle's Zazie dans le Métro was the film that sparked his interest in filmmaking.[87] His favourite filmmakers include Malle, Woody Allen, Ingmar Bergman, Orson Welles, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Melville, and Paul Thomas Anderson.[88][89]

Ayoade participated in the 2012 Sight & Sound directors' poll, where he listed his 10 favourite films: The Apartment, Badlands, Barry Lyndon, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Make Way for Tomorrow, Contempt, Ordet, Persona, Raging Bull, and Tokyo Story.[90]

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, Ayoade married Lydia Fox, a member of the Fox family of actors.[91] They have three children and live in the East Dulwich area of London.[88][92]

His brother-in-law, actor Laurence Fox, courted Ayoade's chagrin publicly in 2020, when he asked Ayoade to announce his support for him on Twitter after a controversial appearance on Question Time. The episode in question was condemned for allowing Fox on as a guest, in particular for when he told a Black woman in the audience that discussing racism was "boring". According to Fox, Ayoade told him that "You have never encountered racism." Fox stated that he had told Ayoade he had, because "he worked in Kenya once" and "racism can be deferential".[93]


Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Hello Friend Computer Man Short film
2004 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Wedding Photographer
2005 Festival Dwight Swan
2008 At the Apollo Concert film; director
2009 Bunny and the Bull Museum Curator
2010 Submarine Director and writer
British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay
Palm Springs International Film Festival Directors to Watch Award
Giffoni Film Festival Award for Best Film
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Nominated—London Film Critics' Circle Award for Breakthrough British Filmmaker
Nominated—Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated—Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Film Screenplay
2012 The Watch Jamarcus
2013 The Double Director and writer
Nominated—London Film Festival Award for Best Film
Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Foreign Film
Nominated—Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Grand Prize
Nominated—Tokyo International Film Festival Grand Prix
2014 The Boxtrolls Mr. Pickles Voice
2017 Paddington 2 Forensic Investigator Cameo
2018 Early Man Treebor Voice
2019 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Ice Cream Cone Voice
The Souvenir Patrick
2020 Soul Counselor Jerry B Voice
2021 22 vs. Earth Voice
Short film
The Souvenir Part II Patrick Nominated—BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain Henry Wood
2022 The Bad Guys Professor Rupert Marmalade IV Voice
2023 The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar Not yet released TBA Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Bruiser Additional material writer
2004 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace Dean Learner / Thornton Reed 6 episodes; also co-creator, writer, and director
AD/BC: A Rock Opera Joseph Television special; also writer and director
2004–2007 The Mighty Boosh Saboo 5 episodes; also script editor and wrote episode: "The Chokes"
2005 Nathan Barley Ned Smanks 6 episodes
2006 Man to Man with Dean Learner Dean Learner 6 episodes; also co-creator, writer, director, and executive producer
Time Trumpet Himself 6 episodes
Snuff Box Music Show Host 2 episodes
2010, 2013
The IT Crowd Maurice Moss 25 episodes
British Academy Television Award for Best Male Comedy Performance (2014)
2007–present The Big Fat Quiz Himself (panelist) 16 episodes
2011 Community Directed episode: "Critical Film Studies"
Crooked Man Stand-up special; director
2012 Full English Edgar Voice
6 episodes
2012–2014 Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy Various Characters 6 episodes
2013 Was It Something I Said? Himself (panelist) 8 episodes
2013–2014 Strange Hill High Templeton Voice
26 episodes
2013–2015 Gadget Man Himself (host) 19 episodes
2015 The Vicar of Dibley Bernard Episode: "The Bishop of Dibley"
2015–2016 Danger Mouse The Snowman Voice
4 episodes
2015–2019 Travel Man Himself (host) 39 episodes
2016 Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled Himself Episode: A Penis Poking Through The Window
2017–2018 Neo Yokio Herbert Sims Voice
4 episodes
2017–2020 The Crystal Maze Himself (host) 45 episodes[94]
2017–present Have I Got News for You Himself (guest host) 9 episodes[72][95][96]
2018–2021 Apple & Onion Onion / Soda Can / Eclair Voice
76 episodes
2018 The Big Narstie Show Guest Season 1, Episode 3
2019 Moominvalley The Ghost Voice
2 episodes
2019–2020 The Mandalorian Q9-0 Voice
2 episodes
2020–2021 Hypothetical Himself (panellist) 2 episodes
2020 2020 British Academy Television Awards Himself (host) Television special
2021–2022 Disenchantment Gordy / Alva Gunderson Voice
5 episodes
2021 Code 404 B.R.I.A.N. Voice
3 episodes
2021 British Academy Television Awards Himself (host) Television special
2021–present Question Team Himself (host) 16 episodes
2022–present Rugrats Duffy Voice
3 episodes
2022 2022 British Academy Television Awards Himself (host) Television special
2023 Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight Kyle Voice
2 episodes
2023 Krapopolis Not yet released Tyrannis Voice

Music videos directed[edit]

Year Artist Song
2007 Arctic Monkeys "Fluorescent Adolescent"
Super Furry Animals "Run Away"
2008 Vampire Weekend "Oxford Comma"
The Last Shadow Puppets "Standing Next to Me"
"My Mistakes Were Made for You"
Vampire Weekend "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa"
2009 Kasabian "Vlad the Impaler"
Arctic Monkeys "Crying Lightning"
Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Heads Will Roll"
2016 Radiohead "Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief"
Short video vignette
The Breeders "Spacewoman"


Year Title
2014 Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey
2017 The Grip of Film
2019 Ayoade On Top
2022 The Book That No One Wanted to Read[5]
TBD The Fairy Tale Fan Club[5]


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