Richard Ellef Ayoade (/aɪ.oʊˈɑːdi/; 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. Born in Hammersmith, Ayoade served as the president of Footlights at St Catharine's College, Cambridge (1998–1999). She was born to parents James Fox and Mary Elizabeth Piper.  In 2004, Ayoade and Holness took the Marenghi character to Channel 4, creating the spoof horror comedy series Garth Marenghi's Darkplace.  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. , 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. The film was not well received by critics, although Ayoade's performance was praised. The actress hails from a prestigious family. Join Facebook to connect with Richard Ayoade and others you may know.  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. I responded. You never really know what is going to go viral but Richard Ayoade on Richard Ayoade certainly has. Back in February, he said he would never date a woman under the age of 35 because they are 'too woke'. He presented the factual shows Gadget Man (2013–2015), its spin-off Travel Man (2015–2019) and the 2017 revival of The Crystal Maze.  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. He has often worked alongside Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness, and Rich Fulcher..  He was featured in Paul King's 2009 film, Bunny and the Bull, playing the role of an extremely boring museum tour guide.  Ayoade continued his association with The Mighty Boosh in the third series, reprising his role and acting as script editor.  Ayoade then directed a performance of comedian Tommy Tiernan's world stand-up tour, Crooked Man, which was released in November 2011. Television comedy star Richard Ayoade talks to David Gritten about his debut as a film director. EXCLUSIVE: A fresh start!  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.  Ayoade voiced a villainous snowman in several episodes the 2015 reboot of the animated series Danger Mouse. ‘Vital, urgent, beacon, potential, eternal’: Richard Ayoade.  Ayoade was featured in a supporting role as a pompous artist in both parts of Joanna Hogg's two-part drama The Souvenir.  The show saw the debut of Holness' character Garth Marenghi, a fictional horror writer, and Ayoade's character Dean Learner, Marenghi's publisher.  It stars Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. Sikh soldiers were present at some of the conflict's bloodiest battles, including Ypres and the Somme. his comments 'caused a lot of stress for his family'. We are no longer accepting comments on this article.  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 Ayoade voiced Treebor, a Stone Age caveman, in the Aardman Animations stop-motion comedy Early Man (2018).  His second book, The Grip Of Film, was published in October 2017. , 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. Laurence has had a very chequered love life over the years. Richard Ellef Ayoade (/ aɪ. He told The Sunday Times that this was why actor don't get involved in chats like this because he's 'not smart enough to do it. He has often worked alongside … Richard Ayoade: Hidden depths of the bashful filmmaker. 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". Hello. It is not clear how long the brief romance lasted, but they have now split, and he is believed to have reconciled his relationship with McKinnon. Keith Phipps of The A.V.  Ayoade was nominated for a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer at the 65th British Academy Film Awards.  In 2008, he won the award for an outstanding actor in a television comedy series at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival for his performance. oʊ ˈ ɑː d i /; 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.  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. ', But in a follow up tweet soon after, he said: 'I stand by everything else I said and will continue to do so. , 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. In May 2020, it was announced that Ayoade would host 2020's online Bafta TV awards. The family moved to Ipswich, Suffolk, when he was young. I am as moved by the sacrifices your relatives made as I am by the loss of all those who die in war, whatever creed or colour.  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. ', All over: In December 2016, before his divorce was finalised, he split from Vogue Williams, 34, after a brief romance, saying they would 'remain friends', Sikh historian Peter Singh Bance told MailOnline that Fox should 'check his facts', saying: 'Laurence Fox is incorrect with his facts as Sikhs did fight with British forces, not just with their own regiments.'. Thanks for doing this AMA. In August 2018, Laurence and DJ Lilah Parsons, 32, called it quits following a 10-month romance, due to 'clashing work schedules'. ACTRESS and producer Lydia Fox is the wife of TV Baftas 2020 host and actor Richard Ayoade. He had claimed the inclusion of a turban-wearing soldier in Sam Mendes film 1917 was 'incongruous' - but in a follow up tweet said 'I stand by everything else I said'.  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. 'It's the way you're spoken to.  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). Highlights from The IT Crowd, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace and more", "Richard Ayoade: Hidden depths of the bashful filmmaker", "Richard Ayoade: 'I'm even more humble than people expect, "Reporter 5/8/98: St Catharine's College", "Interview with Richard Ayoade, director of, "Edinburgh Comedy Award winners: where are they now? Richard Ayoade and children. 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. , 2011–present: Mainstream cinema, satirical writing, and television presenting, The family members who were actors, or associated with the theatre, are highlighted in amber, British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay, Palm Springs International Film Festival Directors to Watch Award, Giffoni Film Festival Award for Best Film, BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, London Film Critics' Circle Award for Breakthrough British Filmmaker, Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer, Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Film Screenplay, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Grand Prize, Tokyo International Film Festival Grand Prix, British Academy Television Award for Best Male Comedy Performance, Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, "Who is Crystal Maze host Richard Ayoade? 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). He was originally selected to play the role of dangerous villain Dixon Bainbridge. in 2013. The former received a UK Music Video Award nomination, attributed by Ayoade only to the song being "so good". He also revealed he once dumped a partner because she liked a pro-#MeToo advert made by shaving firm Gillette, although he didn't reveal who that was. Richard Ayoade is a multi-award winning comedian, actor, writer and director. 12:11 PM - 26 Aug 2016 The story concerns a timid man who becomes frustrated by the appearance of his charming doppelgänger, both of whom are played by Eisenberg. Laurence also said in the Sunday Times interview that he had fallen out with his brother-in-law, half-Nigerian comedian Richard Ayoade, 42, who is married to his sister Lydia. The film stars newcomers Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige with Sally Hawkins, Noah Taylor, and Paddy Considine. In a poll conducted by Metro.co.uk, to find out which actor the fans would like to see replace Jodie Whittaker as Doctor Who, amid reports that Jodie will leave the role at the end of the next series, ‘Crystal Maze’ presenter and ‘IT Crowd’ star, Richard Ayoade came out on top with 38 per cent … The star had said during the interview, conducted at his flat pre-lockdown, that he was dating Telegraph journalist Madeline Grant, who also appeared on the panel during that fateful night on Question Time. Ayoade was born in Hammersmith, the son of a Norwegian mother and a Nigerian father, on 23 May 1977. He was married to actress Billie, the mother of his two children, from December 2007 - May 2016 and has said he surprised he didn't twig 'how inappropriate they were for one another sooner.'.  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. Explore Richard Ayoade's biography, personal life, family and real age. Full name : Richard Ayoade How old is Richard Ayoade: 43 years Male Birthday: June 12, 1977 Sun sign: Gemini Nationality: London, England How tall is Richard Ayoade: 6′ 2″ Richard Ayoade Spouse: Lydia Fox (m. 2007) Barefaced Kayleigh McEnany spends her last full day as the face of Donald Trump's... Donald Trump unveils his 'accomplishments' boasting about job gains and 'record stock market' but leaves out... TWELVE National Guardsmen are removed from inauguration security over 'ties to fringe right group militias... Will ANYONE go to Trump's send off? Richard Ayoade of The IT Crowd fame takes on the role of Q9-0, a droid nicknamed Zero, in episode 6 of The Mandalorian. Richard Ayoade. Lydia is happily married to Richard Ayoade. 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 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). The actor had called possible bias coverage towards the Duchess of Sussex 'boring' and accused an audience of racism for calling him a white privileged male.  He directed a live Arctic Monkeys DVD entitled At the Apollo (2008), which was recorded at the Manchester Apollo on super 16mm film. , 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. Trump will not pardon himself, his children or Rudy Giuliani after months of speculation - with Wikileaks... How Trump's early White House departure has caused a logistical nightmare over the nuclear codes: Military... President Trump declassifies documents on the origins of FBI's Russia investigation 'to the maximum extent... Biden's big day: Joe will attend mass with Nancy and Mitch at 8am, will watch J-Lo and Lady Gaga sing before... Read the full text of Donald Trump's 20-minute final farewell message listing his achievements and saying... 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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. , From 2013 to 2014, Ayoade voiced Templeton, the class nerd, in the CBBC animated series Strange Hill High.  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..  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. The actor, 41, split from the dual-heritage photographer and fashion designer, 39, shortly after his TV appearance, but they are now thought to have reconciled and were pictured linking arms on April 22. Fall-out: Laurence admitted his brother-in-law, half-Nigerian comedian Richard Ayoade was 'furious' with his following his comments - he is married to his sister Lydia (pictured in 2012), One said: 'He has had a good feeling about her, it is delightful to see him happy after everything he has been through.'. Discover the real story, facts, and details of Richard Ayoade.  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. He later returned in the second series in 2005, to play the part of the belligerent shaman Saboo. He also did voice work for the hit Star Wars Disney+ series The Mandalorian where he voiced the droid Zero in a recurring role. The Cambridge Footlights alumnus and star of geek-com The IT Crowd is being tipped for every big TV gig at the moment, having been confirmed as … Laurence told the Sunday Times magazine that McKinnon ended the relationship after the incident and said his comments 'caused a lot of stress for his family'.  Also in 2012, Ayoade began voicing Todd Lagoona, an anthropomorphic hammerhead shark who was a recurring character in Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy. Craig chats with Richard Ayoade from "The Double"...This guy is just my speed. 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