Richard Ayoade

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Richard Ayoade
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Ayoade in 2011
Born
Richard Ellef Ayoade

(1977-05-23) 23 May 1977 (age 44)
Hammersmith, London, England
NationalityBritish
Education St Joseph's College, Ipswich
Alma mater St Catharine's College, Cambridge
Occupation
  • Actor
  • broadcaster
  • comedian
  • director
  • writer
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Lydia Fox (m. 2007)
Children3
Family Fox (by marriage)

Richard Ellef Ayoade ( /.ˈɑːdi/ eye-oh-AH-dee; born 23 May 1977) is a British actor, broadcaster, comedian, director and writer. He is 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.

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Born in Hammersmith, London, 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), Apple & Onion (since 2018) and Netflix original series Disenchantment (2021). 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). [1]

He has often worked alongside Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness, and Rich Fulcher. [2]

Early life and education

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The ADC Theatre in Cambridge, the home of Footlights

Ayoade was born in Hammersmith, London, [3] the son of a Nigerian father and a Norwegian mother, on 23 May 1977. [4] [5] The family moved to Ipswich, Suffolk, when he was young. [6] 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. [7]

Ayoade studied at St Joseph's College, Ipswich, an independent school, [8] [ better source needed ] where he recalls being obsessed with J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye . [9] According to Ayoade, he was so obsessed with the book that he "started to dress like Holden Caulfield." [9] He later attended St Catharine's College, Cambridge to read law (1995–98), where he won the Martin Steele Prize for play production [10] and was president of the amateur theatrical club Footlights from 1997 to 1998. [11] 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). [12] He says that his parents would not approve of studies considered to be of the "Regency era", [13] adding that "a non-vocational degree seemed such an outlandish indulgence". [14] 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". [15]

Career

2000–2006: Garth Marenghi shows and The Mighty Boosh

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. [13] The show saw the debut of Holness' character Garth Marenghi, a fictional horror writer, and Ayoade's character Dean Learner, Marenghi's publisher. [16] In 2001, he won the Perrier Comedy Award for co-writing and performing in Garth Marenghi's Netherhead , the sequel to Fright Knight. [17] 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. [18] 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. [19] 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. [20] Ayoade was featured in a bit-part as a reporter in the HBO television film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004). [21]

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. [13] Ayoade continued his association with The Mighty Boosh in the third series, reprising his role and acting as script editor. [22] In 2005, he played the role of Ned Smanks in Chris Morris' and Charlie Brooker's sitcom Nathan Barley . [23] 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. [24] 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. [25]

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

In February 2006, Ayoade began playing the technically brilliant but socially awkward IT technician Maurice Moss in the sitcom The IT Crowd on Channel 4, appearing alongside Chris O'Dowd, Katherine Parkinson, Chris Morris, and later on, Matt Berry. The series' creator Graham Linehan wrote the part specifically for Ayoade to play. [26] In 2008, he won the award for an outstanding actor in a television comedy series at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival for his performance. [27] In 2009, Ayoade co-starred with Joel McHale in the pilot for an American remake, reprising his role with the same appearance and personality; no series was commissioned, and the pilot never aired. [28] 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. [29] [30] In 2007, Ayoade 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". [6] Ayoade has frequently appeared as a panelist on the quiz show The Big Fat Quiz of the Year , often with Noel Fielding, making his first appearance in The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz in 2007, which marked Channel 4's 25th anniversary. [31]

In 2008, Ayoade directed the music videos for two Vampire Weekend singles – "Oxford Comma", filmed in one long take, [6] and "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa". [32] In the same year, he also directed the 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 . [6] [33] He directed a live Arctic Monkeys DVD entitled At the Apollo (2008), which was recorded at the Manchester Apollo on super 16mm film. It was previewed at Vue cinemas across the UK during October 2008 and was released on DVD the following month. [34] He was featured in Paul King's 2009 film, Bunny and the Bull , playing the role of an extremely boring museum tour guide. [35] That year, he also directed two music videos for the Arctic Monkeys – "Crying Lightning" and "Cornerstone" – and others for Kasabian's "Vlad the Impaler", starring Fielding, and "Heads Will Roll" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. [33] [36] [37]

In 2010, Ayoade made his debut directorial feature, Submarine , a coming-of-age comedy-drama adapted by Ayoade from the 2008 novel of the same name by Joe Dunthorne. 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 parent's failing relationship. [38] Produced by Warp Films and Film4, the film premiered at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010 and went on 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 a North American release. [39] [40] Arctic Monkeys and The Last Shadow Puppets frontman Alex Turner contributed five original songs to the soundtrack, inspired by Simon & Garfunkel's music being featured in The Graduate (1967). [33] The film was positively received by critics, with The Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw calling Ayoade a "tremendous new voice in British film". [41] Ayoade was nominated for a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer at the 65th British Academy Film Awards. [42]

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

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. [43] Ayoade then directed a performance of comedian Tommy Tiernan's world stand-up tour, Crooked Man, which was released in November 2011. [44] 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. [45] 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". [46] [47] Also in 2012, Ayoade began voicing Todd Lagoona, an anthropomorphic hammerhead shark who was a recurring character in Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy . [48]

Ayoade at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival John Slattery (God's Pocket) and Richard Ayoade (The Double) (12026171294) (Cropped).png
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 . [49] Ayoade 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. [50] The series featured Ayoade presenting a variety of innovative products and gadgets. He was also the host of the spin-off series Travel Man , which saw Ayoade spend 48 hours in a different location each episode with a celebrity guest. [51] Ayoade 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. [52] 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. [53] [54] He again lent his voice to an advertising campaign when he provided the voice-over for Apple's iPhone 6 UK campaign with Chris O'Dowd in 2014. [55]

Ayoade's second feature film, the black comedy thriller The Double , was based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's 1846 novella The Double and written by Ayoade and Avi Korine. [56] It stars Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. The story concerns a timid man who becomes frustrated by the appearance of his charming doppelgänger, both of whom are played by Eisenberg. [56] The Double was released in April 2014 to generally positive reviews. [57] The film drew comparisons to Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985), both in its visuals and narrative. [58] 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). [59]

Ayoade's first book Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey was published by Faber and Faber in October 2014. The book parodies Faber's Directors on Directors series, in which critically celebrated filmmakers discuss their work, and sees Ayoade conduct several fictional interviews with himself in which he discusses his work and enthusiasm for the world of cinema. [60] Ayoade voiced a villainous snowman in several episodes of the 2015 reboot of the animated series Danger Mouse . [61] In 2016, he directed a short music video for the Radiohead song "Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief" in June 2016, as part of a series of video vignettes to promote their album A Moon Shaped Pool . [62]

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. [63] [64] His style of presenting has been described as being "a more cerebral and intense version" of his IT Crowd character, Maurice Moss. [65] 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. [66] [67] 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. [68] Beginning in late 2017, he has guest hosted a number of episodes of the panel show Have I Got News for You . [69] 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 [70] Ayoade voiced Treebor, a Stone Age caveman, in the Aardman Animations stop-motion comedy Early Man (2018). [71]

Since February 2018, Ayoade has voiced Onion, one of the title characters in the Cartoon Network animated series Apple & Onion . [72] He also returned to music video directing in 2018, helming the science fiction-inspired video for The Breeders song "Spacewoman". [73] Ayoade was featured in a supporting role as a pompous artist in both parts of Joanna Hogg's two-part drama The Souvenir . [74] 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 . [75] [76] Ayoade provided voice work for the hit 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. [77] [78] 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 . [79] [80]

In May 2020, it was announced that Ayoade would host 2020's online Bafta TV awards. [81] [82] It was decided to be held behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. [83]

Influences

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. [84] His favourite filmmakers include Malle, Woody Allen, Ingmar Bergman, Orson Welles, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Melville and Paul Thomas Anderson. [85] [86]

Ayoade participated in the 2012 Sight & Sound directors' poll, where he listed his ten favorite films as follows: The Apartment , Badlands , Barry Lyndon , Crimes and Misdemeanors , Make Way for Tomorrow , Contempt , Ordet , Persona , Raging Bull , and Tokyo Story . [87]

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. [85] [88] Lydia is the daughter of actor James Fox and the sister of actors Jack and Laurence Fox; she is a member of the Robin Fox family. [89]

Filmography

Films

YearTitleRoleNotes
2003 Hello Friend Computer ManShort film
2004 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Wedding Photographer
2005 Festival Dwight Swan
2008 At the Apollo N/AConcert film; director
2009 Bunny and the Bull Museum Curator
2010 Submarine N/ADirector 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 N/ADirector 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. PicklesVoice
2017 Paddington 2 Forensic InvestigatorCameo
2018 Early Man TreeborVoice
2019 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Ice Cream ConeVoice
2019 The Souvenir Patrick
2020 Soul Counselor Jerry BVoice
2021 22 vs. Earth Counselor Jerry BVoice
2021 The Souvenir Part II PatrickPost-production

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000 Bruiser Additional material writer
2004 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace Dean Learner / Thornton Reed6 episodes; also co-creator, writer, and director
2004 AD/BC: A Rock Opera JosephTelevision special; also writer and director
2004–2007 The Mighty Boosh Saboo5 episodes; also script editor and wrote episode: "The Chokes"
2005 Nathan Barley Ned Smanks6 episodes
2006 Man to Man with Dean Learner Dean Learner 6 episodes; also co-creator, writer, director, and executive producer
2006 Time Trumpet Himself6 episodes
2006 Snuff Box Music Show Host2 episodes
2006–2010,
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"
2011Crooked ManStand-up special; director
2012 Full English EdgarVoice
6 episodes
2012–2014 Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy Various Characters6 episodes
2013 Was It Something I Said? Himself (panelist)8 episodes
2013–2014 Strange Hill High TempletonVoice
26 episodes
2013–2015 Gadget Man Himself (host)19 episodes
2015 The Vicar of Dibley BernardEpisode: "The Bishop of Dibley"
2015–2016 Danger Mouse The SnowmanVoice
4 episodes
2015–2019 Travel Man Himself (host)39 episodes
2017–2018 Neo Yokio Various charactersVoice
4 episodes
2017–present The Crystal Maze Himself (host)36 episodes [90]
2017–present Have I Got News for You Himself (guest host)2+ episodes [69] [91] [92]
2018–present Apple & Onion OnionVoice
2019–present Moominvalley The GhostVoice
2019–2020 The Mandalorian Q9-0Voice
2 episodes
2020–2021 Hypothetical Himself (panellist)2 episodes
2020 2020 British Academy Television Awards Himself (host)Television special
2021 Disenchantment Gordy / Alva GundersonVoice
4 episodes

Music videos directed

YearArtistSong
2007 Arctic Monkeys "Fluorescent Adolescent"
2007 Super Furry Animals "Run Away"
2008 Vampire Weekend "Oxford Comma"
2008 The Last Shadow Puppets "Standing Next to Me"
2008The Last Shadow Puppets"My Mistakes Were Made for You"
2008Vampire Weekend"Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa"
2009 Kasabian "Vlad the Impaler"
2009Arctic Monkeys"Crying Lightning"
2009Arctic Monkeys"Cornerstone"
2009 Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Heads Will Roll"
2016 Radiohead "Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief"
Short video vignette
2018 The Breeders "Spacewoman"

Bibliography

YearTitle
2014Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey
2017The Grip of Film
2019Ayoade On Top
2022The Book That No One Wanted to Read [1]
TBDThe Fairy Tale Fan Club [1]

Awards and nominations

BAFTA Film Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2012 Submarine Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer Nominated

BAFTA Television Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2014 The IT Crowd Best Male Comedy Performance Won
2017 Travel Man Best FeatureNominated

British Independent Film Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2011 Submarine Best ScreenplayWon
The Douglas Hickox AwardNominated

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