Richard Ayoade (investigate a director)…

Richard Ellef Ayoade is a British actor, director, comedian, writer and television presenter born in Hammersmith, London on 23rd May 1977.

Directed and wrote ‘Submarine.’


  • Won the Martin Steele Prize for play production while studying at Cambridge.
  • President of Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic club from 1997-1998. He wrote and acted in many shows while he was in Footlights. Ayoade acted in both Footlights’ 1997 and 1998 touring shows: Emotional Baggage and Between a Rock and a Hard Place
  • Ayoade co-wrote the stage show Garth Marenghi’s Fright Night with Matthew Holness (Matthew and Richard met at Footlights).
  • He won the Perrier Comedy Award in 2001 for co-writing and performing in Garth Marenghi’s Netherhead (the sequel to Garth Marenghi’s Fright Night).
  • In 2004, Ayoade and Holness teamed up with Channel 4 and created the spoof horror comedy series Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. Ayoade directed the show and also appeared as the character Dean Learner in the series.
  • Before The Mighty Boosh, there was The Boosh radio show in which Ayoade played the character Tommy Nookah in the second episode (2001). Ayoade was selected to be in the original cast of the TV show The Mighty Boosh as Dixon Bainbridge, but he was only able to act in the pilot episode of the series because he was already under a Channel 4 contract. However, he returned to the series later to play the part of Saboo. He continued to be a part of the production in the third series as a script editor as well as bringing back his character Saboo in 4 episodes
  • Ayoade appeared as one of the main characters in the IT Crowd, Maurice Moss. For his performance in the IT Crowd, he won an award for outstanding actor in a television comedy series at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival in 2008.
  • Ayoade won a BAFTA for the Best Male Comedy Performance for his performance in the show’s 2013 special in May 2014.
  • On Channel 4, Ayoade appeared as team captain for the TV panel show Was It Something I said?, which first aired on 6th October 2013.
  • Ayoade released his debut full feature film in 2010 – Submarine. The film is based on the book ‘Submarine,’ written by Joe Dunthorne. Submarine is a coming-of-age comedy-drama, starring Craig Roberts as Oliver Tate and Yasmin Paige as Jordanna Bevan.

    The film was produced by Warp Films and Film4 and musician Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys contributed five original songs to the soundtrack.
    The film premiered at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010.[22] Following a generally positive reception it was picked up by the Weinstein Company for a North American release.[23] The film also played at the 54th London Film Festival in October 2010 and was played out of competition at the 27th Sundance Film Festival in January 2011.[24][25] It was also screened along with 400 other films at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival the next month.[26] It went on general release in the UK on 18 March and was released on 3 June in the US. It won the 2011 London Awards for Art and Performance. Ayoade was also nominated for a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer at the 65th British Academy Film Awards.[27]  (source: , on Friday 7th October 2016).



Actor –

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Hello Friend Computer Man Short Film
2004 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Wedding Photographer
2005 Festival Dwight Swan
2009 Bunny and the Bull Museum Curator
2012 The Watch Jamarcus
2014 The Boxtrolls Mr. Pickles Voice

Director –

Year Title Role Notes
2008 At the Apollo Director
2010 Submarine Writer, director
British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay
Palm Springs International Film Festival Directors to Watch Award
Giffoni Film Festival Award for Best Film
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Nominated—London Film Critics’ Circle Award for Breakthrough British Filmmaker
Nominated—Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated—Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Film Screenplay
2013 The Double Writer, director
Nominated—London Film Festival Award for Best Film
Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Foreign Film
Nominated—Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Grand Prize
Nominated—Tokyo International Film Festival Grand Prix

Television – 

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace Dean Learner / Thornton Reed 6 episodes
co-creator, writer, director
2004 AD/BC: A Rock Opera Joseph Television special; also writer and director
2004–2007 The Mighty Boosh Saboo 5 episodes; also script editor and wrote episode: “The Chokes”
2005 Nathan Barley Ned Smanks 6 episodes
2006 Man to Man with Dean Learner Dean Learner 6 episodes; also co-creator, writer, director, executive producer
2006 Time Trumpet Himself 6 episodes
2006 Snuff Box Music Show Host 2 episodes
2006–2010, 2013 The IT Crowd Maurice Moss 25 episodes
British Academy Television Award for Best Male Comedy Performance (2014)
2007–2015 The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Himself 9 episodes
2011 Community Directed episode: “Critical Film Studies
2011 Crooked Man Stand-up special; also director
2012 Full English Edgar (voice) 6 episodes
2012–2014 Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy Various Characters 6 episodes
2013 Was It Something I Said? Himself 8 episodes
2013–present Strange Hill High Templeton (voice) 26 episodes
2013–present Gadget Man Himself (host) 19 episodes
2015 The Vicar of Dibley Bernard Episode: “The Bishop of Dibley”
2015 Danger Mouse The Snowman (voice) 3 episodes
2015–present Travel Man Himself (host) 12 Episodes
2016 Apple & Onion[49] Onion (voice) Pilot

Music videos directed –

Year Artist Track
2007 Arctic Monkeys Fluorescent Adolescent
2007 Super Furry Animals Run Away
2008 Vampire Weekend Oxford Comma
2008 The Last Shadow Puppets Standing Next to Me
2008 The Last Shadow Puppets My Mistakes Were Made for You
2008 Vampire Weekend Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
2009 Kasabian Vlad the Impaler
2009 Arctic Monkeys Crying Lightning
2009 Arctic Monkeys Cornerstone
2009 Yeah Yeah Yeahs Heads Will Roll
2016 Radiohead Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief


As a director, in his feature film ‘Submarine,’ Ayoade’s visual style included leaning on the uses of natural lighting. Ayoade mentioned in one interview during Submarine’s press release, that he had mostly filmed at dawn and dusk to get the particular kind of natural light seen throughout the film.


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