Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade

Plays “Moss


Degree in Law at St Catharine's College





The I.T. Crowd

UK, TV Ch4, comedy/sitcom, 6 episode (1 series), colour, Jan 2006


Played: Moss

Deano's After Dark


Co-wrote, Played: Dean Learner

Nathan Barley

UK, Channel 4 (Talkback/Zeppotron), Sitcom, Colour, 6 episodes (1 series), 2005
Starring: Nicholas Burns, Julian Barratt, Claire Keelan

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Played: Ned Smanks

Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

UK, Channel 4/Avalon Television, Sitcom, Colour, 6 episodes (1 series), 2004
Starring: Matthew Holness, Alice Lowe, Richard Ayoade


Played: Thornton Reed, Dean Learner
Co-wrote (with Matthew Holness)

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“…a cheesy 1970s-80s-style dabble into the world of horror, set in Darkplace Hospital, where the haunted Dr Rick Dagless (Marenghi) faces a nightmarish evil which stalks the hospital and threatens to destroy the world. Aided by colleagues Dr Sanchez and Dr Asher, who turns out to be psychic, and sometimes hindered by the no-nonsense boss Thornton Reid (played by Garth's publisher Dean Learner), Marenghi juggles the punishing hours of medical work with his clandestine battle against the dark forces.” -- BBC

The Stupid Version

UK, BBC, Satire, colour, 1 episode - 60 mins, 31 December 2004
Starring: Armando Iannucci, Richard Ayoade, Adam Buxton


“An uneven but generally entertaining end-of-year report on 2004, filtered through the satirical gaze of Armando Iannucci and his team. Some of the material hit home - particularly the news footage of US politicians, re-edited to create a montage of scare-mongering catchphrases - and the whole concoction was a refreshing antidote to the standard one-dimensional retrospectives clogging the schedules every December.” -- BBC


UK, TV Channel 4, family/talk show, colour, 20 February 2004


Played: himself (also appeared: Carrie Fisher, Matthew Holness and Johnny Vegas)

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

UK, Film (Icon Films), comedy/biographic, cert 15, colour, October 2004


Played: Photographer at Wedding


An intimate look at one of the world's most prolific and gifted comedic actors, whose brilliant, idiosyncratic gift for mimicry and invention made him an international cultural icon. With Stephen Hopkins directing a tour de force performance by Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush, the film is a kaleidoscopic and genre breaking journey through the life of Sellers, exploring his comedic genius and personal torment.

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AD/BC: A Rock Opera

UK, BBC Three, TV, musical/comedy, Christmas 2004


Drected, Co-wrote (with Matt Berry)
Played: Joseph


An all-singing, all-dancing, star-spangled musical leap around the biblical story of the Nativity, set in 1972. With a comic twist, this familiar story is brought to life through the eyes of the innkeeper. Despairing after a bad year, he contemplates suicide but his attempt is stalled by a voice from above who points out that King Herod is coming to town.

Garth Marenghi's Netherhead

UK, Edinburgh Festival, stand-up, 2000 & August 2001
By: Matthew Holness, Alice Lowe, Richard Ayoade

* Winner: Perrier award .

Head Farm [pilot]

UK, Channel 4, April 2001
Starring Jason Freeman, Johnny Vegas, Dan Antopolski, Richard Ayoade, Matt Holness, Karen Taylor, Julian Barratt& Noel Fielding
Produced & Directed: Stewart Lee

Movie babylon

UK, TV (Avalon Television), documentary, colour, 2000


Co-wrote (with James Bachman, Mark Evans, Matthew Holness and John Oliver)

Garth Marenghi's Fright Knight

UK, stand-up, comedy, 2000
* Nominated: Perrier Award.


Cast member

Cambridge Footlights

President 1997-98

Whilst in Footlights, Richard wrote and appeared in numberous shows: Men In Towels, Sweet As and World Of Hurt and also appeared in the Footlights Pantomimes: Sleeping Beauty and Grimm Fairy Tales. Also credited with 1997 Footlights tour show Emotional Baggage and 1996 Spring Revue Easy, Tiger; numerous 'Smokers'; the One Night Stand at Cambridge Arts Theatre (which he compèred with John Oliver; Please Not My Face! (a comedy revue); and, of course, most brilliantly the role Messenger 1 in Antony and Cleopatra.

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Sleeping Beauty (Footlights)

UK, ADC Theatre, Pantomime, 1996


Co-wrote (with John Oliver)

Mighty Boosh


Played: Tommy Nooka (episode 2 "Jungle")

UK, R4, comedy

Mighty Boosh [TV pilot]

UK, television, comedy, 2003


Played: Dixon Bainbridge



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