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 joins Netflix's Roald Dahl series

Star cast in The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

Richard Ayoade has reportedly joined the cast of the Netflix adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar.

His role in the project was not revealed by Hollywood website Deadline, which broke the news.

The star-studded cast also includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Dev Patel, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley  – all previously announced – plus Rupert Friend, whose name was also revealed tonight.

The original book is an anthology of  several short stories, with Deadline reporting the Netflix version will comprise three mini-films. Production is expected to start next week in London.

Netflix acquired the full Dahl story catalogue in September, and is said to be planning a huge range of projects.

Already in the works are a series from Taika Waititi and Phil Johnston based on the world of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and an adaptation of Matilda The Musical, co-written by Tim Minchin.

Ayoade has just stood down from Channel 4’s Travel Man after nine series, to be replaced by Joe Lycett.

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Published: 12 Jan 2022

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Book (2019)
Ayoade On Top

Book (2017)
The Grip Of Film

DVD (2009)
IT Crowd Series 3

DVD (2007)
AD/BC: A Rock Opera

Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2000

Garth Marenghi's Fright Knight

Edinburgh Fringe 2001

Garth Marenghi's Netherhead


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