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Richard Ayoade

Richard Ellef Ayoade ˈis 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. He has often worked alongside Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness, and Rich Fulcher.

Born in Hammersmith, 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) and Apple & Onion (since 2018). 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).

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Along for the Ride with David O'Doherty (2021)
Guest starring as Richard Ayoade
Question Team (2021)
Starring as Host (11 episodes)
Never Mind the Buzzcocks (2021)
Guest starring as Richard Ayoade
Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable (2021)
Guest starring as Richard Ayoade
Travel Man's Greatest Trips (2020)
Starring as Richard Ayoade (4 episodes)
Code 404 (2020)
Guest starring as The Voice of Brian (3 episodes)
The Mandalorian (2019)
Guest starring as Zero (Q9-0) (2 episodes)
Hypothetical (2019)
Guest starring as Richard Ayoade (3 episodes)
Disenchantment (2018)
Starring as Alva Gunderson
Guest starring as Gordie (2 episodes)
Apple & Onion (2018)
Starring as Onion (54 episodes)
The Fake News Show (2017)
Guest starring as Richard Ayoade (2 episodes)
  • Episode 1x03: Episode 3 (May 28, 2017)
  • Episode S01 Special: Pilot (Feb 6, 2017)
The Crystal Maze (2016)
Starring as Maze Master (38 episodes)
Travel Man: 48 Hours in... (2015)
Starring as Richard Ayoade (34 episodes)
Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (2014)
Guest starring as Richard Ayoade (2 episodes)
Duck Quacks Don't Echo (2014)
Guest starring as Richard Ayoade
Crackanory (2013)
Guest starring as Richard Ayoade
Was It Something I Said? (2013)
Starring as Team Captain (8 episodes)
The Last Leg (2013)
Guest starring as Richard Ayoade (12 episodes)
Gadget Man (2012)
Starring as Presenter (19 episodes)
Room 101 Extra Storage (2012)
Guest starring as Richard Ayoade
Room 101 (2012)
Guest starring as Richard Ayoade
8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (2012)
Guest starring as Team Captain (6 episodes)
Guest starring as Richard Ayoade (4 episodes)
A League of Their Own (2010)
Guest starring as Richard Ayoade (3 episodes)
Skavlan (2009)
Guest starring as Richard Ayoade
Have I Got a Bit More News for You (2007)
Guest starring as Host (6 episodes)
Time Trumpet (2006)
Guest starring as Richard Ayoade
The IT Crowd (2006)
Starring as Maurice Moss (25 episodes)
8 Out of 10 Cats (2005)
Guest starring as Richard Ayoade
The Big Fat Quiz (2004)
Guest starring as Richard Ayoade (17 episodes)
The Mighty Boosh (2003)
Guest starring as Various (4 episodes)
The British Academy Television Awards (1998)
Starring as Presenter (3 episodes)
The Vicar of Dibley (1994)
Guest starring as Bernard
Have I Got News for You (1990)
Guest starring as Host (9 episodes)
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