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Creator / Richard Ayoade

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Richard Ellef Ayoade (/aɪ. oʊˈɑːdi/, born 23 May 1977) is a British comic actor, director, and writer. He is probably best known for playing the socially awkward, deeply nerdy character of Moss in The IT Crowd, and he often projects a similar persona in other roles when appearing on celebrity quiz shows or presenting factual programs. This is somewhat deceptive. Ayoade may be somewhat awkward and nerdy in real life, but hes also highly accomplished; aside from having a law degree from Cambridge University, hes written and directed feature films and music videos, and is generally highly versatile as well as smart.

Examples of Richard Ayoade's Work

Live TV Roles

Panel Show Appearances


Movie Acting

Movie Directing/Writing

Animation Voice Work


  • Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey
  • ''Richard Ayoade Presents: The Grip of Film, by Gordie LaSure
  • Ayoade on Top

Tropes associated with Ayoade or his characters


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Moss' Fire Extinguisher

As Moss (slowly) tries to follow the instructions on a fire extinguisher, it randomly catches on fire itself. Moss wonders why, until he sees the "Made in Britain" label. Of course.

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Main / MadeInCountryX

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