Richard Ellef Ayoade

Primary Author: Margaret Shaw

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Richard Ellef Ayoade was born in 1977. He is from London, England and has a degree in law from the University of Cambridge. His career in the film industry began in 1998. However, participation in the Cambridge University Dramatics Club (Footlights), notably as the president, very well may have sparked his change in career paths. While in Footlights, Ayoade was an active writer and actor. Since then, he has been an active participant the television shows Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, The Mighty Boosh, The IT Crowd, and Was It Something I Said? as either a writer, actor, or both. His work on Garth Marenghi's Darkplace won him a Perrier Comedy Award. It was Richard Ayoade's unforgettable performance on The IT Crowd as Maurice Moss that put his name, and face, on the radar. He won an award for being an outstanding actor in TV comedy at Monte-Carlo Television Festival in 2008. In 2013, he won the BAFTA award for his role in The IT Crowd.

Despite his obvious comedic acting talent, Richard Ayoade has begun a recent debut as a director. His most noteworthy endeavors to date have been Submarine (2010) and The Double (2013), both comedies. Submarine is a film adaption of the book by Joe Dunthorne. Richard Ayoade both wrote and directed the film. The story is of a young teen floundering in the weight of preconceived responsibilities including the need to be the best boyfriend and to fix his parent's marriage. Richard Ayoade perfectly conveys the quirk, comedy, and underlying universal truth of what it is like to grow up. The film received high reviews from both Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB. Richard Ayoade's The Double, also well received, brings to light his aptitude as a director through the use of his experimental style. This comedic thriller starring Jesse Eisenberg questions reality and much more. Like Submarine, The Double is also an acclaim to Ayoade's growing reputation.

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