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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 7 February 1962Aden, Yemen
Birth NameEdward John Izzard
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Best-known for his surreal and digressive stand-up, British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard was born on February 7, 1962, in Aden, Yemen, where his English parents -- Dorothy Ella, a nurse and midwife, and Harold John Izzard, an accountant -- worked for British Petroleum.

Izzard worked as a street performer and in smaller comedy venues throughout the mid-to-late 1980s; his big break came when he appeared in Hysteria III, a 1991 AIDS fundraiser held at the London Palladium, and did his now-famous "Raised by wolves" sketch. After that, he drew bigger and bigger audiences, and in 1993 hired the Ambassadors Theatre in London's West End for the first of many successful one-man shows. With Eddie Izzard: Live at the Ambassadors (1993), he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award (outstanding achievement) and won 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), and soon thereafter made his West End debut in a drama, as the lead in the world premiere of David Mamet's "The Cryptogram" with Lindsay Duncan; his success led to his second starring role, in "900 Oneonta".

Izzard appeared in 1995 as the title character in Christopher Marlowe's groundbreaking "Edward II". In 1996, he made his big-screen debut alongside Bob Hoskins and Robin Williams in The Secret Agent (1996); he also staged another one-man show, Eddie Izzard: Definite Article (1996), for which he received his second British Comedy Award. He then took "Definite Article" to major cities outside the UK, including New York, and returned to the West End with a new show, Eddie Izzard: Glorious (1997), which included a month in New York City at PS122.

In 1998, Izzard appeared in another film, Velvet Goldmine (1998), with Ewan McGregor, and also staged his breakthrough one-man U.S. show, Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill (1999) which aired on HBO and earned Izzard two Emmy Awards. Izzard next took on the challenge of appearing as Lenny Bruce in Peter Hall's West End production of "Lenny."

Izzard started 2000 touring the world with Eddie Izzard: Circle (2002) and continued to act in films, among them The Criminal (1999); Shadow of the Vampire (2000) with John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe; and Peter Bogdanovich's The Cat's Meow (2001), in which he played Charles Chaplin. He returned to the stage, in London and later in New York (his Broadway debut), with A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (2002), a version of which was televised.

In 2003, Izzard was seen on the big screen in Alex Cox's Revengers Tragedy (2002) and on the small screen in a BBC mini-series _40 (2002)(TV)_. His other films include The Avengers (1998), Ocean's Twelve (2004), My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006), Ocean's Thirteen (2007) and Valkyrie (2008), and he has voiced roles in a handful of movies, including The Wild (2006), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) and Cars 2 (2011).

Izzard also has appeared in several television series, including a starring role in The Riches (2007), which lasted for two seasons on FX (from 2007-2008), and recurring roles in Hannibal (2013) and United States of Tara (2009).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous, Tresa Redburn, and Determined Copy Editor

Trade Mark (2)

Frequently imitates James Mason and Sean Connery during his stand-up comedy routine.
Often wears his choice of "male" and "female" clothing during his stand-up acts.

Trivia (26)

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.
Is dyslexic.
Auditioned for the role of Rodney Skinner (The Invisible Man) in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), but lost out to Tony Curran.
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 with such fluency that he's performed multiple comedy shows entirely in French. Same goes with German.
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.
During the 1999 television special Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python (1999), which Izzard hosted, John Cleese said Izzard was the lost Python.
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.
Originally played Darren McCarthy in Day 6 of 24 (2001). He dropped out due to scheduling conflicts after only a day of filming. He was replaced by David Hunt.
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.
Currently touring the U.S. with his one-man show, "Stripped."
United Kingdom, Europe, and South Africa: Touring with Force Majeure [June 2013]
Late spring, 2010, touring Canada with his one man show, Stripped.
Currently starring in the F/X series, The Riches (2007), airing on Tuesday nights and repeats on Sunday and Monday nights. [April 2007]
Playing the role in David Mamet's play, "Race", on Broadway in New York City. [July 2010]
Touring the United States, Australia, and New Zealand with his new show, "Sexie", throughout the last half of the year. [August 2003]
Made a surprise appearance as one of the "Bruces" in the "Philopher's Song" sketch during the 2014 reunion show for Monty Python's Flying Circus.
Glen Quagmire chooses Eddie Izzard over Dame Judy Dench in one of Peter Griffin's hypothetical "Who would you rather do?" games, in the Family Guy episode "Screams of Silence: the story of Brenda Q".
Campaigned against Scottish independence in 2014.
Campaigned against Brexit.
Confronted Nigel Farage about the hypocrisy of being anti-immigration as a descendant of a family that migrated, and as someone whose wife was German. Nigel Farage repeatedly refused to answer.

Personal Quotes (25)

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.
I'm excited to play Thunder Bay (Ontario) because I assume it's an exciting place where thunder happens.
My dad was working-class. One granddad drove a bus. The other was a cowherder who said he was a shepherd. He didn't like being a cowherd but shepherd sounded pretty groovy. Like Jesus.
[on political extremes] About 80 to 90 percent of the world is live and let live. I want to fight for that. Right-wingers have a beguiling politics because it is simplistic. We have complex politics in the centre and you have to try to simplify it, to explain it, because sometimes you have ten choices. Right-wingers - you have one choice: Agree with me or I'll kill you. It's that one that Hitler used...The dumbest thing the right wing ever came up with, back in the day [was] We've got to kill someone because it's really rainy and the crops are failing, so we have to kill Steve.
I said to myself that I would make all my comedy universal and I took out, fifteen years ago, all British references. I'll talk abut Greeks, Romans, cats with guns, supermarkets, hair cuts, but I won't talk about John Major or the 195 bus to Stretham
Drama is a complete meal, vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates. It's a slow burn thing. It's got an arc. Comedy is more like coke.
My God, what have you been smoking? You haven't been smoking in a bar in California, that's for sure! [laughter] Because you can't! Yes, no smoking in bars now, and soon no drinking and no talking!
Some people are homophobic. But as long as they're homophobic in their own homes, behind closed doors, and don't hurt anyone...
Bad dog exists. "Bad dog!" we say "Stole a biscuit, that's a bad dog!" And the dog says "Who are you to judge me? You humans have had wars against people of different creeds, colours and religions, and I stole a biscuit? People of the World!" "Oh, when you put it that way, have another biscuit."
I knew I was TV, a transvestite, but I kept it to myself with a brilliant strategy of Don't-tell-Kids-at-School-and-Don't-get-killed. And bullies in the playground are like "Why are we beating this one up?" "I don't know, he used a word we didn't understand. And he won at Scrabble with it."
If a girl falls over in heels it's embarrassing, but if a guy falls over in heels, well, you have to kill yourself!
So I liked the cadets, running, jumping, climbing trees, flags. Didn't like the bit about learning how to kill people with razor wire. Thought I'd rather learn their language and visit their countries... The British, we go around the World going "Sausage, egg and chips, please! Sausage, egg and chips!" Even in Afghanistan! "Sausage, egg and chips, please! Do you speak English? You just don't try, do you? Going around all day, speaking Afghan." That's a kind of dog, isn't it? ... "Two languages in one head? No-one can live at that speed!" "But the Dutch speak four languages and smoke marijuana!" "Yes, well, but they're cheating! Everybody knows that marijuana is a drug enhancement that can help you in track and field win a race against ten men that are dead!"
The EU is the cutting edge of politics, just in the most tremendously boring way.
So at the age of six I went off to St John's boarding school in Porthcawl, Wales. It was run by a very pleasant man called Mr. Crump who we nicknamed 'the man from hell who we all hate'. Seeing as my Mum had just died I decided to cry relentlessly for about a year. Mr. Crump would help me along with beatings when he could fit them in.
The Aryan Supremacists have their thing about getting chemical weapons and killing people. "Why, though? What's the plan? What does that achieve?" "Er, nothing, really..."
[To Nigel Farage] Nigel, you told your followers to bully people to vote for you. This is not the right attitude for people to have.

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