Richard Ayoade

  • Birth Name: Richard Ellef Ayoade
  • Birth Place: Whipps Cross, London, England
  • Profession: Actor, Writer, Director
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Fast Facts

  • 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.


  • 2014, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Male Performance In A Comedy Programme: Winner
  • 2012, BAFTA Film Awards — Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Nominee


  • Esme Bibi Ayoade — Daughter
  • Lydia Fox — Wife
  • Layide Ade Laditi Ayoade — Father
  • Ida Ayoade — Daughter
  • Dagny Ayoade — Mother


  • University of Cambridge, St Catharine's College, Cambridge, England (BA Hons in Law, 1998)

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