Richard Ayoade

  • Birth Name: Richard Ellef Ayoade
  • Birth Place: Whipps Cross, London, England
  • Profession: Actor, Writer, Director
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  • 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)
MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)

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