Richard Ayoade

BirthDay:

12 Jun 1977

BirthPlace:

Whipp's Cross, London, England, UK

BirthName:

Richard Ellef Ayoade

Bio:

Richard Ellef Ayoade was born in Hammersmith, and grew up in Suffolk, in England, the son of a Norwegian mother, Dagny Amalie (Baassuik), and a Nigerian father, Layide Ade Laditi Ayoade. He studied Law at Cambridge university, and followed in the footsteps of British Comedy legends like Monty Python's Eric Idle, Hugh Laurie and Graeme Garden when he became the president of the Cambridge Footlights club.

Ayoade's first real TV break was directing, co-writing and starring with Matthew Holness in the cult classic Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004) a parody of shlocky 1980's science fiction television shows, and noticed for it's "so bad it's good!" aesthetic. Notably shy and self-effacing in interviews, his performance as the debauched, self-assured publisher/pornographer/nightclub owner 'Dean Learner' showcased the young comedian's acting talent.

After cameos in another cult series The Mighty Boosh (2003) as the shaman "Saboo", his position in the popular consciousness was cemented in the series The IT Crowd (2006) where Ayoade played the social oblivious, dweebish savant known as "Moss".

All the while Ayoade continued to direct music videos for Vampire Weekend, Kasabian, and the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs before finally getting his chance to direct a feature film, Submarine (2010), based on the novel by Joe Dunthorne.

Submarine was followed by The Double (2013) co-written by Avi Korine and based on a novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Filmography

Actor ( 40 credits )

Danger Mouse (2015)  The Snowman / ... (3 episodes, 2015)
Travel Man: 48 Hours in... (2015)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2015-2016)
The Boxtrolls (2014) (voice)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Duck Quacks Don't Echo (2014)  Himself - Panelist (2 episodes, 2014)
Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (2014)  Himself - Panellist (1 episode, 2016)
Strange Hill High (2013)  Templeton (unknown episodes)
Was It Something I Said? (2013)  Himself - Team Captain (8 episodes, 2013)
Crackanory (2013)  Himself - Storyteller (1 episode, 2015)
The Watch (2012) Jamarcus
Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy (2012)  City Gent / ... (5 episodes, 2012)
Full English (2012)  Edgar Johnson (2 episodes, 2012)
Stephen Fry: Gadget Man (2012)  Himself - Presenter (14 episodes, 2013-2014)
Vivir de cine (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
The Project (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Perspectives (2011)  Himself - Film Director (1 episode, 2013)
A League of Their Own (2010)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2013)
Bunny and the Bull (2009) Museum Curator
The Graham Norton Show (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2014)
The IT Crowd (2007)  Moss (1 episode)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
The IT Crowd (2006)  Maurice Moss (25 episodes, 2006-2013)
Snuff Box (2006)  Music Show Host (2 episodes, 2006)
Man to Man with Dean Learner (2006)  Dean Learner (6 episodes, 2006)
Time Trumpet (2006)  Himself (6 episodes, 2006)
Festival (2005) Dwight Swan
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
8 Out of 10 Cats (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Nathan Barley (2005)  Ned Smanks (6 episodes, 2005)
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) Photographer at Wedding
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004)  Dean Learner / ... (6 episodes, 2004)
The Soup (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Hello, Friend (2003) Computer Man
The Mighty Boosh (2003)  Saboo / ... (5 episodes, 2003-2007)
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Timeshift (2002)  Himself - Narrator (1 episode, 2007)
Breakfast (2000)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
T4 (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Armstrong and Miller (1997) (1 episode, 1999)
Never Mind the Buzzcocks (1996)  Himself - Host (1 episode, 2012)

Producer ( 1 credit )

Man to Man with Dean Learner (2006) executive producer (6 episodes, 2006)

Writer ( 7 credits )

The Double (2013) (written by)
Submarine (2010) (written by)
Man to Man with Dean Learner (2006) (6 episodes, 2006)
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004) (6 episodes, 2004)
The Mighty Boosh (2003) (1 episode, 2007)
Bruiser (2000) (6 episodes, 2000)
Smack the Pony (1999) (1 episode, 2000)

Director ( 6 credits )

The Double (2013)
Submarine (2010)
Community (2009) (1 episode, 2011)
Arctic Monkeys at the Apollo (2008)
Man to Man with Dean Learner (2006) (6 episodes, 2006)
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004) (6 episodes, 2004)