How did he amass £6,000,000 – his current net worth? – INTEREST AND OBSESSION WITH FILM AND ART.
Money comes when passion’s unquenchable!
This son of of a Nigerian father and a Norwegian mother moved to Ipswich at a young age and his interest for the film “beyond Star Wars and Back to the Future” was the start of his current stellar height.
Born in 1977, his career bloomed when he was studying Law at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (1995-1998).
He is modestly quietly married to the actor Lydia Fox and does not savour the glory of public recognition. He was the president of Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club (1997 – 1998) – commonly referred to simply as the Footlights – it’s an amateur theatrical club in Cambridge, England, founded in 1883. It was there and then he won the Martin Steele Prize – he wrote and acted in programmes such as pantomimes, Sleeping Beauty and Fairy Tales.
As per how to manage his stardom in public, he told the guardian.com: “It’s consistently disappointing for anyone who encounters me. It would feel ungracious to be carping about it, but it’s very hard to know how to respond. It’s a very odd thing because the IT Crowd (a show is set in a London office centering around three staff members of its IT department) is quite popular, and it’s also around the world quite a lot”.
His successful creative works are numerous: co-wrote the stage show Garth Marenghi’s Fright Knight (2000), which was nominated for a Perrier Award. In 2001, he co-wrote and performed its sequel, Garth Marenghi’s Netherhead, which won him the Perrier Award (now Edinburgh Comedy Award).
He came back with Holness in the horror spoof Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace (2004) and also directed the show, while playing Dean Learner/Thornton Reed.
Ayoade’s voice has been used in the ad campaigns of Virgin Media (2013) and Apple’s iPhone 6 (2014).
In 2006, he hosted the chat show Man to Man with Dean Learner and acted as Maurice Moss in the sitcom The IT Crowd, a performance that won him Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival (2008) and Best Male Comedy Performance BAFTA (2014).
He featured on the radio series The Boosh (2001), and the TV show The Mighty Boosh (2004-2007), during which time he acted in Nathan Barley (2005). He went on to co-author The Mighty Book of Boosh (2008).
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