Best-known for his cross-dressing stand-up comedy routines, British actor/comedian Eddie Izzard was born on February 7, 1962 in Aden, Yemen while his parents were there on business. After working as a street performer and in smaller comedy venues throughout the 1980s, Izzard received his big break with his one-man comedy show Eddie Izzard: Live at the Ambassadors (1993) (V). The show earned Izzard a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for outstanding achievement and garnered Izzard his first British Comedy Award for top stand-up comedian.
He returned to the West End the next year with his second one-man show, Eddie Izzard: Unrepeatable (1994) (V), followed by his dramatic West End debut as the lead in the world premiere of David Mamet's "The Cryptogram" with Lindsay Duncan. Izzard also continued doing stand-up during this time, and won his second British Comedy Award for Eddie Izzard: Definite Article (1996) (V). Izzard's one-man U.S. show, Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill (1999) (V) aired on HBO and went on to earn him two Emmy Awards in 2000 (Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program), and he has appeared in a handful of well-received stand-up shows and theater productions in the years since.
In 1996, Izzard began to branch out in to film with his big-screen debut in The Secret Agent (1996). Other prominent films he has appeared in include The Avengers (1998), Ocean's Twelve (2004), My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006), Ocean's Thirteen (2007) and Valkyrie (2008), and he has done voice work in a handful of movies including The Wild (2006), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) and Cars 2 (2011).
Izzard has also appeared in various television series, including a starring role in "The Riches" (2007), which lasted two seasons on FX from 2007-2008.
Eddie Izzard made his first stage appearance in London's West End in 1993 with his one-man comedy show Eddie Izzard: Live at the Ambassadors (1993) (V). The show earned Izzard a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for outstanding achievement and garnered Izzard his first British Comedy Award for top stand-up comedian. He returned to the West End the next year with his second one-man show, Eddie Izzard: Unrepeatable (1994) (V), followed by his dramatic West End debut as the lead in the world premiere of David Mamet's "The Cryptogram" with Lindsay Duncan, which landed Izzard his second starring role in "900 Oneonta". Izzard appeared in 1995 portraying the title character in Christopher Marlowe's groundbreaking "Edward II". In 1996, Izzard made his big screen debut alongside Bob Hoskins and Robin Williams in The Secret Agent (1996) and staged another one-man show, Eddie Izzard: Definite Article (1996) (V), for which he received his second British Comedy Award. He then took "Definite Article" to major cities outside the UK including New York City and returned to the West End with a new show,Eddie Izzard: Glorious (1997) (V), which included a month in New York City at PS122. By 1998, Izzard appeared in another film, Velvet Goldmine (1998), with Ewan McGregor, as well as staging his breakthrough one-man U.S. show, Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill (1999) (V) which aired on HBO and went on to earn Izzard two Emmy Awards in 2000. At the end of the decade Izzard took on Lenny Bruce by securing the lead in Peter Hall's West End production of Lenny. Izzard started 2000 touring the world with Eddie Izzard: Circle (2002) (V) and continued to develop his acting resume with roles in The Criminal (1999), Shadow of the Vampire (2000) with John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe, co-starred opposite Kirsten Dunst in the Peter Bogdanovich-directed The Cat's Meow (2001) as Charles Chaplin and taking the male lead in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (2002) (TV) on the London stage. In 2003 Izzard was seen on the big screen in the French production Muraya- Expanded Reality and Alex Cox's Revengers Tragedy (2002) and on the small screen in a BBC mini-series _40 (2002)(TV)_. Izzard made his Broadway debut in the spring of 2003, reprising his West End role in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.IMDb Mini Biography By: Tresa Redburn
Often wears his choice of "male" and "female" clothing during his stand-up acts.
Born in Yemen while his parents were there on business. He has a brother named Mark. His mother died when Eddie was six years old.
Was nominated for Broadway's 2003 Tony Award as best actor (play) for a revival of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.
His comedy routines frequently contain the following elements: references to jam, banjos, bananas, monkeys, and the names Jeff, Kev, and Steve; world history; the Bible, using an impression of James Mason to portray God; pantomime; mumbling; and foreign languages, sometimes actually performing in French or German for English-speaking audiences.
Speaks French fluently.
Was touring in New Zealand during the filming of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He heard about the filming and, being such a big fan of the books, asked if he could make an appearance in the films. He was declined.
Uses 3 distinct voices in most of his one-man shows - God (James Mason), Sean Connery (several, including Noah) and Mrs. Badcrumble (Scottish clarinet teacher). In real life, Mrs. Badcrumble was his piano teacher as a young boy.
Sarah Townsend composes the music for all of his shows.
In 1991 he was nominated for the Perrier Award.
In a 2005 poll to find the Comedian's Comedian, Izzard was voted as number 19 out of the top 50 greatest comedy acts in history by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.
Eddie spent August and September 2009 literally running around the UK, from London, England, to Cardiff, Wales, to Belfast, Northern Ireland, to Edinburgh, Scotland, and back to London. He ran approximately 30 miles per day for a total of about 1100 miles, to raise money for the charity "Sport Relief," which is part of "Comic Relief.".
He is a prominent celebrity supporter of Britain's Labour Party, has made financial donations to the party and appeared on stage at the 2009 party conference.
I'd be happy to be taken as a woman -- and that's what I was initially trying to do when I started throwing on dresses and stuff. But that wasn't going to happen because everyone kept calling me sir. So I thought I'd change the method and just start wearing what I wanted to wear.
I can go from blokey to girlie in 15 minutes and then I'm out the door. But that's the fastest I can do it. Becoming a woman takes work.
I definitely have breast envy. When teenage girls were saying 'I wish I had breasts', I was thinking the same thing.
My sexuality is straight transvestite or male lesbian. It seems we are beyond the idea that I am gay and hiding it. If I had to describe how I feel in my head, I'd say I'm a complete boy plus half a girl. I don't seem to have the sixth sense that women have or their stronger senses of taste and smell. Gay men can also have it but straight men don't.
When I first came out, I thought, I want to walk like a real woman, I don't want to do mincing steps. And there was some girl I saw walking up Holloway Road in Islington who had this long languid walk and I thought, that's what I like, so I incorporated her walk into mine.
I don't know what it's like in the U.S. but immigrants in the U.K. do the jobs the citizens won't do.
[on the Statue of Liberty]: Funny that France gave that to the United States. What did the U.S. give them in return?
[on Ellis Island's immigration history]: I do find history fascinating, I find people fascinating, and I'm quite good at standing somewhere and taking out all the new stuff and imagining people coming in and I would have been with them.
[on running marathons]: Animals in the wild are lean, and I think we should be too.
[on spending time in New York City]: They only have a few days -- go see a big musical like Billy Elliot. If you have more time, see me show.
(August 2003) Touring the United States, Australia, and New Zealand with his new show, "Sexie", throughout the last half of the year.
(April 2007) Currently starring in the F/X series, "The Riches" (2007), airing on Tuesday nights and repeats on Sunday and Monday nights.
(2008) Currently touring the U.S. with his one-man show, "Stripped."
(2010) Late spring, 2010, touring Canada with his one man show, Stripped.
(July 2010) Playing the role in David Mamet's play, "Race", on Broadway in New York City.
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