Richard Ayoade: Age, Ethnicity, Career, Full Facts

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Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade is making a living in the film industry as an actor, director, writer, and TV host. You may know him as the IT technician in the sitcom The IT Crowd which earned him a BAFTA Award – or you may not. Beyond his acting credits in the show business, Richard has a rich life. Here is everything you need to know about the actor.

Richard Ayoade: Age and ethnicity

Richard is the son of an electrical engineer Nigerian father Layide Ade Laditi Ayoade. His mother Dagny Amalie is a Norwegian. Richard was born on June 12, 1977, in Hammersmith in west London, but was raised in Suffolk County where his family moved after his birth. He is the only child of his parents. We have a Nigerian-origin star somewhere in the database.

The actor attended St Joseph’s College in Ipswich, and in 1995, he moved Cambridge University where he studied Law. While at Cambridge, Richard fell in love with acting and became the president of the Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club. All through the time, he was the head of the club, he wrote and performed many plays alongside the club’s vice president John Oliver. He also won a Martin Steele Prize for a play he featured while in college. In 1998, he graduated from Cambridge with notable figures like Olivia Colman, Emma Thompson, and Sacha Baron Cohen.

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Richard Ayoade is British of Nigerian heritage. He is 42 years old.

Richard Ayoade: Career

After his graduation from Cambridge, Ayoade started working as a writer for the Channel 4 morning show “The Big Breakfast”, while he performed twice at the Edinburgh Fringe alongside Footlights friend Matthew Holness. He continued to appear on some TV shows, forgetting completely that he had a law degree.

He made his professional acting debut in 2003 when he appeared as a computer in the short comedy horror film “Hello Friend”. In 2004, he played the role of a wedding photographer in the British-American film “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers”. The same year, Ayoade made his television debut in six episodes of the horror parody series “Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace”. Ayoade wrote and directed the episodes.

In 2006, Ayoade started playing the role of an IT technician Maurice Moss in the British sitcom “The IT Crowd” on Channel 4. The series focuses on three staff members of IT who know nothing about IT. His role earned him a BAFTA award for Best Male Comedy Performance in 2014. Ayoade became a popular face on-screen and off-screen after his role in “The IT Crowd”.

In 2012, he played the role of Jamarcus in the American science fiction comedy film “The Watch”. Ayoade played a voice role in films like “The Boxtrolls”, “Early Man” and “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”.

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Ayoade wrote and directed the British comedy film “Bunny and the Bull”. The film was a commercial success and it received several positive reviews as well. For his writing credits as well as directorial touch, Ayoade was nominated for many industry awards.

In 2013, he wrote and directed the British black comedy film “The Double” and also earned industry nominations. Ayoade is not limited to film directing alone, he is also a music video director. He has directed a quite number of music videos like “Fluorescent Adolescent” by Arctic Monkeys, “Run Away” by Super Furry Animals and many others.

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As a TV host, Ayoade is a rock. He has been a panelist in 15 episodes of “The Big Fat Quiz” an annual British television program. Ayoade has was the host in 19 episodes of British television series “Gadget Man”. He was the host in the 39 episodes of the British travel documentary series “Travel Man”.

Ayoade has written some books like “Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey” “The Grip of Film” and “Ayoade On Top”. Add a comedian to his CV and you will understand while he is still relevant in the show business.


Ayoade married actress Lydia Fox in 2007. Lydia Fox is a stage actress and producer known for her roles in “Lilies” and “Submarines”. She is from a family of thespians. Her father James Fox is a well-known British actor. Two of her brothers Lawrence Fox and Jack Fox are making their living in the acting industry, while her grandfather Robin was also an actor and theater agent.

She was born to marry an actor if we must add. And to this, her marriage with Ayoade produced two children Ida Ayoade and Esmé Bibi Ayoade. They currently reside in East Dulwich in the London Borough of Southwark, England.

Richard Ayoade: Net worth, height, and other facts

Richard Ayoade is worth 2 million dollars. He works like someone who is afraid of going broke. He has a robust CV as he is not limited to acting alone. He stands at a height of 6 ft2 inches or 188 meters. Richard Ayoade also annoys journalists for a living.

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