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The Sacred #56: Richard and Lydia Ayoade

The Sacred #56: Richard and Lydia Ayoade

Elizabeth Oldfield speaks to actor, director, writer and comedian Richard Ayoade and actress Lydia Ayoade. 15/01/2020

In this episode you’ll hear our very first episode with a married couple, Richard and Lydia Ayoade (Lydia is also known as Lydia Fox). Richard will be familiar to many of you as an actor, director, writer and comedian, known for his role in The IT Crowd, directing films ‘Submarine’ and ‘The Double’, presenting Gadget Man, Travel Man and The Crystal Maze as well as numerous comedy panel shows.

Richard is married to Lydia who has worked as an actress, and is the daughter of actor James Fox and has two acting brothers, Laurence and Jack.

We spoke about the difficulties of talking about power, status and fame, whose voices we value and whose we don’t, why it’s hard to depict faith on film and why we shouldn’t want to know personal details about celebrities.

This is a re–recorded episode following our Sacred Live event with Richard and Lydia in September 2019.

This podcast is a project of Theos Think Tank (@theosthinktank) and is hosted by Elizabeth Oldfield (@theoselizabeth).

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Elizabeth Oldfield

Elizabeth Oldfield

Elizabeth was Theos’ Director from August 2011 – July 2021. She appears regularly in the media, including BBC One, Sky News, and the World Service, and writing in The Financial Times.

Posted 15 January 2020

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