Richard Ayoade

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Richard Ayoade is an actor, comedian, director and TV presenter.

Three years after graduating, Richard won the Perrier award at the Edinburgh Fringe for co-writing and performing in Garth Marenghi’s Netherhead, a show that became a cult Channel 4 comedy. Richard rushed to fame with the success of The IT Crowd staring as the geeky Maurice Moss and as Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi’s DarkplaceWorking alongside comedian friends, Richard has also appeared in comedy hits such as The Mighty BooshNathan Barley and Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy.

In 2010 Richard turned his hand to directing the highly praised Film4 indie hit , Submarine. “The IT star Richard Ayoade goes down the irony-heavy route for his directorial debut but his comedy about a Swansea teenager’s love life is also sweet and very funny” naming him “as a tremendous new voice in British film”- The Guardian. His recent film, The Double (2014) which Richard wrote and directed, won the Audience Award at the Brussels International Film Festival and received a great response from the critics on its year of release.

Richard took on the role as presenter of Channel 4’s hit entertainment technology show, Gadget Man. Superseding the success of previous presenter, Sir Stephen Fry, Richard brings his well known sarcasm to the mix of bizarre and life enhancing gadgets, along side an array of celebrity guests. In 2014 Richard presented Gadget Man’s Guide to Christmas, delighting audiences with spectacular Christmas gizmos- from the machine that wraps your presents (so you don’t have to), to meat claws that shred your Turkey to the bone, effortlessly.

Aside from presenting, Richard is also a regular hosting or on the panel of popular comedy shows such as Channel 4’s Big Fat Quizes, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, A League Of Their Own and a recent appearance on The Last Leg.



He’s the IT Crowd uber-geek who has been labelled the ‘coolest man in London’.

The Guardian