Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1977-05-23 (44 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Hammersmith, London, England

26 Movies · 30 TV shows

Also Known As: Richard Ellef Ayoade

Biography

Richard Ellef Ayoade (; born 23 May 1977) is an English comedian, film director, screenwriter, television presenter, actor, and author best known for his role as the 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. He has often worked alongside Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness, and Rich Fulcher.Born in Hammersmith, Ayoade served as the president of Footlights at St Catharine's College, Cambridge (1998–1999). 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). Ayoade appeared in the comedy shows The Mighty Boosh (2004–2007) and Nathan Barley (2005), before gaining exposure and recognition for his role in The IT Crowd. After directing music videos for Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Kasabian, Ayoade wrote and directed the comedy-drama film Submarine in 2010, an adaptation of the 2008 novel by Joe Dunthorne. Ayoade co-starred in the American science fiction comedy film The Watch in 2012 and his second film, the black comedy The Double, premiered in 2013, drawing 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? in 2013. He presented the factual shows Gadget Man (2013–2015), its spin-off Travel Man (2015–2019) and the 2017 revival of The Crystal Maze. He has provided his voice to a number of animated projects, including the films The Boxtrolls (2014), Early Man (2018), The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) and Soul (2020) and the television shows Strange Hill High (2013–14) and Apple & Onion (since 2018). Ayoade has written three comedic books centring on film: Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey (2014), The Grip of Film (2017), and Ayoade on Top (2019). He is also currently writing two children's books: The Book That No One Wanted to Read (2021) and a picture book The Fairy Tale Fan Club (TBD).

Personal Life

Ayoade married actress Lydia Fox in 2007. They have three children and live in East Dulwich in the London Borough of Southwark, England. Lydia's brother is the actor Laurence Fox.

Early Life

Ayoade was born in Hammersmith, the son of a Norwegian mother and a Nigerian father, on 23 May 1977. The family moved to Ipswich, Suffolk, when he was young. At 15, Ayoade 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.Ayoade studied at St Joseph's College, Ipswich, where he recalls being obsessed with J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. According to Ayoade, he was so obsessed with the book that he "started to dress like Holden Caulfield." He later attended St Catharine's College, Cambridge to read law (1995–98), where he won the Martin Steele Prize for play production and was president of the amateur theatrical club Footlights from 1997 to 1998. 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 and Between a Rock and a Hard Place (directed by Cal McCrystal). He says that his parents would not approve of studies considered to be of the "Regency era", adding that "a non-vocational degree seemed such an outlandish indulgence". Ayoade states that his degree in law is no longer a viable "fallback" for him and that he would need to "go back to square one".

Movies & TV shows

2021.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
22 vs. Earth

22 vs. Earth

2021
A band of 5 new souls were created because 22 people refused to go to Earth. Unexpected results can be given by the activities of the entourage, and 22's plan can lead to a revelation about the signif...
TV
Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable

Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable

2021
The funniest people in the country compete to convince Mel Giedroyc that they are the most unforgivable person in the room. They will have to dredge up their most outrageous sins, lies, legal transgre...
The Souvenir Part II

The Souvenir Part II

2021
There isn't a known plot.

2020.

1 Movie
Soul

Soul

7.2
2020
A teacher at a middle school has a love for jazz music. After a successful gig at the Half Note Club, he suddenly gets into an accident that separates his soul from his body, and is transported to the...

2019.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Hypothetical

Hypothetical

2019
In a show hosted by Josh and James, top comedians are posed absurd scenarios and scored on how well they would deal with them. Over three rounds, two teams of comedians have to think fast as they are ...
TV
The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian

6.12
2019
Lawlessness has spread throughout the universe after the fall of the Galactic Empire. A gunfighter is trying to make a living as a bounty hunter.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

5.63
2019
It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, which are destroying everything faster than they can rebuild.
The Souvenir

The Souvenir

2019
A shy but ambitious film student falls into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship with a charismatic but untrustworthy older man.

2018.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas

Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas

2018
The holidays take a hit as Kaz juggles the Secret Santa competition, his aunt's visit and his nemesis Arcangelo's Christmas plans.
TV
The Big Narstie Show

The Big Narstie Show

2018
Big Narstie is a Grime legend and social media sensation who hosts an anarchic studio show along with his co- host and the hottest comedian in town, Mo Gilligan.
Early Man

Early Man

4.28
2018
In order to save their hidden valley from being spoiled and to face the menace of a mysterious and mighty enemy on the turf of an ancient and sacred sport, the cavemen tribe of Dug, along with his sid...
TV
Disenchantment

Disenchantment

6.3
2018
Set in a ruined medieval city called Dreamland, Disenchantment follows the grubby adventures of a hard-drinking princess, her feisty elf companion and her personal demon.

2017.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
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The Crystal Maze

The Crystal Maze

2017
A team of intrepid contestants tackle a series of ingenious games and fiendish challenges in a giant fantasy world, with the aim of collecting as many crystals as possible to win a prize in the Crysta...
Paddington 2

Paddington 2

5.56
2017
The perfect present for Paddington's Aunt Lucy is stolen when he picks up a series of odd jobs to purchase it.
TV
The Fake News Show

The Fake News Show

2017
Stephen Mangan hosts a comedy panel show with Richard Osman, Katherine Ryan, Jon Richardson, and Richard Ayoade to look behind the curtain of outrageous headlines and alternative facts.

2016.

2 Movies
Peter Cook and Dudley Moore: The Missing Sketches

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore: The Missing Sketches

2016
This documentary showcases a number of new clips which have recently come to light from sketches which were thought to have been lost forever, some not seen for over 50 years, plus rare footage of rou...
Apple & Onion

Apple & Onion

10
2016
Apple and Onion get invited to Hotdog's party but they've still got some growing up to do.

2015.

1 TV show
TV
Travel Man: 48 Hours in...

Travel Man: 48 Hours in...

2015
Richard Ayoade covers everything that top tourist destinations have to offer in 48 hours.

2014.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
The Double

The Double

2014
An awkward office drone becomes increasingly crazy after a charismatic and confident look-alike takes a job at his workplace and seduces the woman he desires.
TV
Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled

Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled

2014
One of Britain’s favourite comedians doing what he does best – being funny. But Alan Davies isn’t on a stage, or behind his QI desk sparring with Stephen Fry, or even wearing his Jonathan Creek duffle...
The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls

8
2014
An orphan boy who was raised by underground creatures called Boxtrolls comes up from the sewer and out of his box to save his family and the town from Snatcher.
The IT Crowd Manual

The IT Crowd Manual

2014
This behind-the-scenes documentary features interviews with the creators and cast of the cult comedy "The IT Crowd", plus chats with celebrity fans.

2013.

3 TV shows
TV
8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

2013
Jimmy Carr, Sean Lock and Jon Richardson hosted the words and numbers quiz.
TV
The Last Leg

The Last Leg

2013
After winning praise and critical praise for their show during the Paralympian Games, comedian Adam Hills and regular panellists Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker return to provide a comic review of th...
TV
Was It Something I Said?

Was It Something I Said?

2013
David Mitchell presents a British comedy panel show on Channel 4 called Was It Something I Said?, which features team captains Richard Ayoade and Micky Flanagan.

2012.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
The Watch

The Watch

3.5
2012
A group of four everyday suburban guys come together one night a week to escape their mundane lives. When they accidentally discover that their town has become overrun with aliens posing as ordinary s...
TV
Full English

Full English

2012
Full English is a British animated sitcom created by Jack Williams, Harry Williams and Alex Scarfe for Channel 4. The programme is produced by Two Brothers Pictures. It parodies and satirises various ...
TV
Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy

Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy

2012
Luxury Comedy is a British sketch television series written and directed by Noel Fielding and Nigel Coan. Dolly Wells, Tom Meeten, and Michael Fielding are involved in the series. The guest stars incl...
TV
Gadget Man

Gadget Man

2012
Gadget Man shows the world's collection of handy gadgets throughout the ages, from today's smart devices to decades old electronics to even older mechanical devices.

2011.

1 Movie
Submarine

Submarine

7.33
2011
15-year-old deep- thinking Welsh schoolboy Oliver Tate struggles to initiate and maintain a relationship with Jordana, his devilish, dark-haired classmates at theirSwansea high school when his parents...

2009.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Community

Community

6.11
2009
It is possible to follow the lives of a group of students at what is possibly the world's worst community college in the fictional locale of Greendale, Colorado.
Bunny and the Bull

Bunny and the Bull

2009
A young shut-in takes an imaginary road trip inside his apartment, based on mementos and memories of a European trek from years before.

2008.

1 Movie
Arctic Monkeys: At The Apollo

Arctic Monkeys: At The Apollo

2008
The final concert of their world tour was filmed in Manchester, England, and the live album and video release by the band is called At the Apollo. 35mm film and surround-sound were used for the film. ...

2007.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
TV
The Graham Norton Show

The Graham Norton Show

9.5
2007
GrahamNorton talks about what's happening. The guests are talking. Graham is playing an instrument.
TV
Have I Got a Bit More News for You

Have I Got a Bit More News for You

2007
This extended version of the satirical news quiz features more of the stuff that wouldn't fit into the regular programme based on the week's news and fronted by guest hosts.
Wynde - Behind the Man

Wynde - Behind the Man

2007
After the first broadcast of 'AD/BC', a documentary on Tim Wynde was made by a British television company, but it was never shown on UK TV. The cut down version was aired in Spain in the 80s.
TV
The IT Crowd

The IT Crowd

2007
The British series of the same name was to be the basis for a US sitcom called The IT Crowd. The audiences are people. The show was supposed to debut in the fall of 2008, but was later pushed back. NB...

2006.

2 Movies · 4 TV shows
Horrificata Illuminata

Horrificata Illuminata

2006
Garth Marenghi, Dean Learner and Todd Rivers are interviewed about working on Garth Marenghi's Darkplace.
TV
The IT Crowd

The IT Crowd

5.69
2006
Two people are the subject of a comedy show. nerds and their stupid female manager work in the basement of a successful company and are never treated with respect
TV
Time Trumpet

Time Trumpet

2006
The first 30 years of the 21st century are the subject of this mockumentary. The series is based on a format that Iannucci used in his previous show.
Darkplace Illuminatum

Darkplace Illuminatum

2006
Garth Marenghi, Dean Learner and Todd Rivers are interviewed about working on Garth Marenghi's Darkplace.
TV
Man to Man with Dean Learner

Man to Man with Dean Learner

2006
Man to Man with Dean Learner is a British comedy chat show that was first broadcast on Channel 4 on 20 October 2006 and released on DVD on 3 September 2007. It features comedians Richard Ayoade and Ma...
TV
Snuff Box

Snuff Box

2006
Snuff Box is a BBC Three British dark comedy starring and written by Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher with additional material by Nick Gargano. It first aired on Monday 27 February 2006. Both actors use t...

2005.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
8 out of 10 Cats

8 out of 10 Cats

2005
8 Out of 10 Cats is a British television comedy panel game. It was first broadcasted on 3 June 2005. The show is based on statistics and opinion polls, and draws on polls produced by a variety of orga...
Festival

Festival

2005
'Festival' is a black comedy set during the annual Edinburgh Fringe festival. The film is based around both the judging of a major comedy award and the performers at one of the smaller venues. Various...
TV
Nathan Barley

Nathan Barley

2005
Nathan Barley is a Channel 4 sitcom written by Charlie Brooker and Chris Morris, starring Nicholas Burns, Julian Barratt, Charlie Condou and Claire Keelan. The series of six weekly episodes began broa...

2004.

3 Movies · 3 TV shows
TV
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

6
2004
A maverick doctor battles with the evil forces lurking beneath a hospital in Romford, engaged in a desperate struggle against poor production values, awful dialogue and unrealistic violence...
TV
The Mighty Boosh

The Mighty Boosh

6.22
2004
The Mighty Boosh is a British comedy television show created by Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding and others. The Mighty Boosh is a comic fantasy containing humour and pop-culture references. Episodes oft...
TV
Big Fat Quiz

Big Fat Quiz

2004
Jimmy Carr oversees a panel of top-name celebrities in this year end quiz show where they compete to see who can answer the most questions correctly.
AD/BC: A Rock Opera

AD/BC: A Rock Opera

2004
An all-singing, all-dancing, star-spangled musical leap around the biblical story of the Nativity, set in 1972. With a comic twist, this familiar story is brought to life through the eyes of the innke...
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

2004
The turbulent personal and professional life of actor Peter Sellers (1925-1980), from his beginnings as a comic performer on BBC Radio to his huge success as one of the greatest film comedians of all ...
2004: The Stupid Version

2004: The Stupid Version

2004
A satire mocking a typical end-of-the-year show on British TV, recalling memorable events from that year. Featured are fake interviews alongside clips from news broadcasts and TV Shows popular at the ...

2003.

1 Movie
Hello, Friend

Hello, Friend

2003
There is a look at modern technology.

1990.

2 TV shows
TV
Have I Got News for You

Have I Got News for You

1990
Hilarious, totally-irreverent, near-slanderous political quiz show, based mainly on news stories from the last week or so, that leaves no party, personality or action unscathed in pursuit of laughs.
TV
The Crystal Maze

The Crystal Maze

1990
The Crystal Maze was a British game show that aired on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom between February 1990 and August 1995 The first four series were presented by Richard O'Brien and the final two b...

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
Danger Island

Danger Island

The last person to listen to her warnings is her own father, Tim, who is a consumerist. Yearning to be understood, Hanna runs away from home to the far flung island home of her idol, eccentric weather...
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