Richard Ayoade

12 Jun 1977

Actor, Director, Writer

Richard Ellef Ayoade (born 12 June 1977 in Whipps Cross, London) is an English comedian, actor, writer and director best known for his role as Maurice Moss in The IT Crowd.

Ayoade was born an only child to a Norwegian mother, Dagny (née Baassuik), and a Nigerian father, Layide Ade Laditi Ayoade. Ayoade studied at St. Joseph's College in Ipswich, Suffolk and later studied law at St Catharine's College, Cambridge (1995–1998) where he won the Martin Steele Prize for play production and became president of the prestigious Footlights during 1997 -1998.

While in Footlights, Ayoade acted in and wrote many shows. He and Footlights vice-president John Oliver wrote two pantomimes together: Sleeping Beauty, and Grimm Fairy Tales. Ayoade acted in both Footlights' 1997 and 1998 touring shows: Emotional Baggage and Between a Rock and a Hard Place (directed by Cal McCrystal).

On 8 September 2007 he married the actress Lydia Fox. They live in Gipsy Hill, South London.


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Filmography (9 titles)

(movie, 2019)
···The Souvenir
Genre: Romance, Mystery, Drama
Role: Actor
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Ice Cream Cone (voice))
(movie, 2018)
···Early Man
Genre: Family, Comedy, Animation, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Treebor (voice))
(movie, 2017)
···Paddington 2
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Role: Actor (as Forensic Investigator)
(movie, 2014)
···The Boxtrolls
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Mr. Pickles (voice))
(movie, 2014)
···The Double
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 2012)
···The Watch
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Jamarcus)
(movie, 2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 2004)
···AD/BC: A Rock Opera
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Role: Actor, Director