Richard Ayoade

by follers on May 7, 2014

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Birth Name: Richard Ellef Ayoade

Place of Birth: Hammersmith, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 12 June, 1977

*Nigerian (father)
*Norwegian (mother)

Richard Ayoade is a British comedian, actor, writer, director, and television presenter. His father is Nigerian. His mother is of Norwegian origin. His surname is pronounced eye-oh-WA-dee.

Richard is married to actress and producer Lydia Fox, with whom he has three children. Lydia’s uncle is actor Edward Fox.

Richard’s maternal grandfather was Ellef Larsen Bosvik (the son of Ludvig Martinius Larsen Bosvik and Marthe Amalie Aanonsdatter). Ludvig was the son of Ellef Larssøn Bosvik and Inger Johanne Knutsdatter. Marthe was the daughter of Aanon Augensen and Anne Pedersdatter.

Richard’s maternal grandmother is named Solveig Kristiansen.

Source: Genealogy of Richard Ayoade (focusing on his mother’s side) –

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Dogg January 30, 2016 at 8:20 am

Am I the only one who can actually see the Scandinavian? No?

Devotion October 23, 2015 at 12:21 am

Let me guess, his white side is rather dark or his African side is?

Norwegians are very light people. His Nigerian side must’ve looked like Akon in order for him to still look that dark. Otherwise, he would’ve looked as light as Nicole Richie.

He passes as a full (“lighter”) African for me, like Ethiopian or Eritrean.

Dogg January 30, 2016 at 8:17 am

Seriously? As light as Nicole Ritchie? ….

velvetvelour March 2, 2016 at 11:53 am

That’s because Nicole Richie is not 50% black like Ayoade is. She’s a mix of a lot of things, like hispanic and creole as well as african.

neiltennant October 12, 2015 at 10:07 am

opposite polarized baby

africa =darkest people in the world

and some scandinavian palest people in the world

LucarioCooper October 4, 2015 at 2:50 pm

His African side is stronger.

Multiethnicchick September 5, 2016 at 1:35 pm

no it’s not. He looks mixed

California July 24, 2015 at 8:30 pm

There’s no way he’s not part Asian.

Girll April 4, 2015 at 3:37 am

Can pass as a half Filipino, half African(at least in this pic)
I don’t see any Norwegian facial features in him.

Capricious April 8, 2015 at 2:00 am

Same here – No white features at all, let alone Norwegian. He doesn’t look mixed at all. He looks like a full African, like South Saharan. Or at least, a Middle Eastern/Italian mixed with African.

M May 31, 2015 at 8:48 am

Are you blind? He does not look fully African. Girll is right though, I thought he was Blasian rather than black and white. But he could never pass as fully African.

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 6:15 pm

Let me guess, an ignorant white simpleton.

Do you know how many ethnic groups are there in Africa you dimwit?

He does pass as a Mauritanian. They maintain both Caucasoid and Negroid features, and would look like him.

Dogg January 30, 2016 at 8:19 am

He doesn’t look fully sub-Saharan African then. You satisfied bitch? Anyways, he looks what he is- half Nigerian half Norwegian.

Multiethnicchick June 16, 2015 at 2:49 pm

that doesn’t make any sense, you started by saying he doesn’t look mixed at all and then went on to say he might be mixed.

He’s obviously mixed and you’ve probably never seen a full on black african. You’re likely another brainwashed american led to believe that mixed people are full on black people.

midori29 October 27, 2015 at 6:59 am

A multiethnic, full Africans have lots of different looks, unfortunately you are the one brainwashed. He could easily be Ethiopian East African. i hate when some biracials, who know obviously nothing about their black side come on these sites confused about their blackness and furthering black African stereotypes.

Multiethnicchick September 5, 2016 at 1:37 pm

once agains someone mentions ethiopia and fails to take into account that Ethiopians have CAUCASIAN influence. Ethiopian was conquered by Jewish and Arab people. That why they speak Arabic and Amharic. You’re the ignorant person, here’s a link so you can educate yourself

Kimmel September 5, 2016 at 3:42 pm

His nose structure is Norwegian, as well as the upper cheekbones. The eyes are partially ‘white’, too. He could be darker than he is and still not pass as any type of pure African because his European ethnic features are too pronounced.

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