- His mother is from Norway; his father is Nigerian.
- Won the Martin Steele Prize for play production during college.
- Was President of the Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club between 1997 and 1998.
- Nominated for a Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for Garth Marenghi's Fright Knight in 2000.
- Won a Perrier Comedy Award for Garth Marenghi's Netherhead in 2001.
- Won Best Video for "My Mistakes" by The Last Shadow Puppets at the 2007 NME Awards.
- Nominated for both Best Director and Best Rock Video at the 2008 UK Music Video Awards.
- Helped write The Mighty Book of Boosh with Noel Fielding and various others.
- 2012, BAFTA Film Awards — Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Nominee
- 2014, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Male Performance In A Comedy Programme: Winner
- Layide Ade Laditi Ayoade — Father
- Esme Bibi Ayoade — Daughter
- Lydia Fox — Wife
- Dagny Ayoade — Mother
- Ida Ayoade — Daughter
- University of Cambridge, St Catharine's College, Cambridge, England (BA Hons in Law, 1998)
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