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RICHARD AYOADE (Jamarcus) is a multi-talented British comedian, actor, writer and director best known for his iconic portrayal of Maurice Moss, the beloved über-geek in the award-winning British sitcom, "The IT Crowd.” Ayoade's innovative twist on the high-tech misfit has garnered him nationwide acclaim and honors including the Monte-Carlo Television Festival's award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Comedy Series.

While attending Cambridge University, Ayoade served as president of the distinguished Footlights Dramatic Club, solidifying his reputation as a unique and gifted entertainer.

Ayoade showcased his versatile talent co-writing and appearing on "Garth Marenghi's Fright Knight.” The show received a Perrier Award nomination, and a year later its sequel, which he also co-wrote, won the Perrier Comedy Award. The Marenghi character became Ayoade's breakthrough moment, with British Channel 4 contracting to televise the horror comedy series "Garth Marenghi's Darkplace.” Ayoade capitalized on his debut by appearing in several critically lauded television comedies, including "Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy,” "The Mighty Boosh,” "Man to Man with Dean Learner” and "Nathan Barkely.”

Ayoade is equally masterful behind the camera. His foray into directing began with helming music videos for English indie rock bands such as the Arctic Monkeys and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. In 2010, Ayoade made his directorial feature debut with the coming-of-age adaptation, "Submarine,” which he also wrote, starring Sally Hawkins and Paddy Considine. "Submarine” received rave reviews and garnered Ayoade a BAFTA nomination for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. Ayoade's other writing and directing credits include "AD/BC: A Rock Opera,” "Man to Man with Dean Learner” and "Crooked Man.”

For his next project, Ayoade will write and direct a comedic adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "The Double,” starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska.


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