Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade

The Cambridge-educated son of a Nigerian father and Swedish mother, Richard Ayoade first came to prominence starring in and co-writing the 2000 Edinburgh Fringe show Garth Merenghi's Fright Knight with Matthew Holness, winning the Perrier Award for its sequel, Garth Merenghi's Netherhead, the following year. The show transferred to Channel Four in 2004 as Garth Merenghi's Darkplace, before spawning the spin-off 80s chat show spoof, Man to Man with Dean Learner, fronted by Ayoade's 'smut-peddler' character.

Appearances in The Mighty Boosh and Nathan Barley were followed by his highest profile role to date in Graham Linehan's sitcom The IT Crowd, playing socially inept tech support worker Moss, a role he reprised for an unaired US adaptation in 2009.

Establishing a parallel career as a music video director for the likes of The Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, he directed his first film, the coming-of-age comedy-drama Submarine in 2010, and his second, The Double, a nightmarish, dystopian comedy-drama, loosely based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's novella, in 2014.

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Richard Ayoade to appear in Paddington 2

Star-studded supporting cast announced today

Richard Ayoade, Jessica Hynes and Joanna Lumley are among the supporting cast of Paddington 2, it has been announced today.

Also making guest appearances in the sequel are Dame Eileen Atkins, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Tom Conti, Ben Miller and Meera Syal,makers Heday Films have announced.

The plot revolves around a stolen antique book, which Paddington is wrongly accused of stealing.

Ayoade appears in the dock in a courtroom scene where he is grilled by a barrister played by Syal, who presents him with a jar of marmalade as evidence – the filling for Paddington's favourite sandwich.

Returning cats are Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris & Samuel Joslin, with Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington, Imelda Staunton as the voice of Aunt Lucy and Michael Gambon as the voice of Uncle Pastuzo. 

Hugh Grant plays Phoenix Buchanan, a vain, charming washed-up actor with a dark secret, and Brendan Gleeson appears as 'Knuckles' McGinty, a notorious safecracker.

Paddington 2 is, like the first film, helmed by former Boosh director Paul King, who previously made the film Bunny and the Bull with Ayoade.

A new trailer has also been released today, ahead of the film's release in UK cinemas on November 10:

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Published: 3 Oct 2017

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2000

Garth Marenghi's Fright Knight

Edinburgh Fringe 2001

Garth Marenghi's Netherhead


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