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Richard Ayoade : biography

12 June 1977 -

Richard Ellef Ayoade ( , born 12 June 1977) is an English comedian, actor, writer and director, best known for his roles as Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace and Maurice Moss in The IT Crowd.



Year Title Role Notes
2003–2007 The Mighty Boosh Saboo 5 episodesWriter for 1 episode
2004 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace Dean Learner / Thornton Reed 6 episodesWriter, director
2005 Nathan Barley Ned Smanks 6 episodes
2006 Man to Man with Dean Learner Dean Learner 6 episodesWriter, director, executive producer
2006 Time Trumpet Himself 6 episodes
2006 Snuff Box Music show host 2 episodes
2006–2011 The IT Crowd Maurice Moss 24 episodes
2011 Community Director, 1 episode Critical Film Studies
2012 Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy City gent 3 episodes
2012 Full English Edgar Voice only
2012 Never Mind the Buzzcocks Host Season 26, Episode 7
2013 Strange Hill High Templeton 2 episode (and STILL running)
2013 Was It Something I Said? Team Captain In development Set for release July 2013


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Hello Friend Computer man Short film
2004 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Wedding photographer
2004 AD/BC: A Rock Opera Joseph Writer, director
2005 Festival Dwight Swan
2009 Bunny and the Bull Museum curator
2011 Submarine Writer, director
2012 The Watch Jamarcus
2013 The Double Writer, director
2014 The Boxtrolls


Year Title Role Notes
2008 At the Apollo Director Arctic Monkeys' live concert film
2011 Crooked Man Director Tommy Tiernan's stand-up tour film

Personal life

On 8 September 2007, Ayoade married actress Lydia Fox. They live in Peckham, London.

Early life

Ayoade was born in Whipps Cross, London, the only child of a Norwegian mother, Dagny, and a Nigerian father, Layide Ade Laditi Ayoade. The family moved to Ipswich in Suffolk when he was young. Ayoade studied at St. Joseph's College in Ipswich and later studied law at St Catharine's College, Cambridge (1995–1998) where he won the Martin Steele Prize for play production and was president of the Footlights from 1997 to 1998.


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Garth Marenghi

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 at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2000 where it was nominated for a Perrier Award. In 2001 he won the Perrier Comedy Award for co-writing and performing in the sequel to Fright Knight, Garth Marenghi's Netherhead.

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