Izzard in April 2015
Edward John Izzard
7 February 1962
|Residence||Victoria, London, England|
Edward John Izzard (//; born 7 February 1962) is an English stand-up comic, actor, writer, and political activist. His[a] comedic style takes the form of rambling whimsical monologues and self-referential pantomime.
He had a starring role in the television series The Riches as Wayne Malloy and has appeared in Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen, Mystery Men, Shadow of the Vampire, The Cat's Meow, Across the Universe, Valkyrie and Victoria & Abdul. He has also worked as a voice actor in The Wild, Igor, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Cars 2, The Lego Batman Movie, Abominable, and the Netflix Original Series Green Eggs and Ham.
Izzard has won numerous awards including a Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for his comedy special Dress to Kill, in 2000. Izzard's website won the Yahoo People's Choice Award and earned the Webby Award.
Izzard has campaigned for various causes and has been a Labour Party activist for most of his adult life. He twice ran for a seat on Labour's National Executive Committee. When Christine Shawcroft resigned in March 2018, he took her place. In 2009, he completed 43 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief despite having no history of long-distance running.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Comic style
- 4 Political views and activism
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Honours
- 7 Books
- 8 Discography
- 9 Filmography
- 10 See also
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
- 13 Further reading
- 14 External links
Edward John Izzard was born on 7 February 1962 in the Colony of Aden, the younger son of English parents Dorothy Ella (1927 – 1968) and Harold John Michael Izzard (1928 – 2018). His family name is of French Huguenot origin. His mother was a midwife and nurse; his father was an accountant who was working in Aden with British Petroleum at the time of Izzard's birth. When Izzard was one year old, the family moved to Northern Ireland, settling in Bangor, County Down, where they lived until Izzard was five. The family then moved to Wales, where they lived in Skewen, West Glamorgan. Izzard's mother died of cancer when Izzard was six and his brother, Mark, was eight. He and his brother built a model railway to occupy their time while their mother was ill (it was donated to Bexhill Museum in 2016). Following his mother's death, Izzard attended  St John's School in Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan, St Bede's Prep School and Eastbourne College. He has said that he knew he was a transgender person at the age of four, after watching another boy being forced to wear a dress by his sisters, and that knew at the age of seven that he wanted to be an actor.
Izzard began to toy with comedy at the University of Sheffield with student friend Rob Ballard. After leaving his accountancy degree course, he and Ballard took their act to the streets, often in Covent Garden. After splitting with Ballard, Izzard spent a great deal of the early 1980s working as a street performer in Europe and the United States. Izzard says that he developed his comedic voice by talking to his audience while doing solo escape acts. He then moved his act to the stand-up comedy venues of Britain. His first gig was at the Banana Cabaret in Balham, London.
In 1987, Izzard made his first stage appearance at the Comedy Store in London. He refined his material throughout the 1980s, and in the early 1990s began earning recognition through his improvisation, in part at his own club, "Raging Bull" in Soho.
Izzard's big break came in 1991 when he performed his "Raised by Wolves" sketch on the televised "Hysteria 3" AIDS benefit.
Theatrical, television and film appearances
In 1994, Izzard made his West End drama debut as the lead in the world premiere of David Mamet's The Cryptogram with Lindsay Duncan, in the production at London's Comedy Theatre. The success of that role led to his second starring role in David Beaird's black comedy 900 Oneonta. In 1995, he portrayed the title character in Christopher Marlowe's Edward II.
In 1998, Izzard appeared briefly on stage with Monty Python in The American Film Institute's Tribute to Monty Python (also referred to as Monty Python Live at Aspen). As part of an inside joke, he walked on stage with the five surviving Pythons and he was summarily escorted off by Eric Idle and Michael Palin as he attempted to participate in a discussion about how the group got together. In July 2014, Izzard appeared on stage with Monty Python during their live show Monty Python Live (Mostly) as the special guest in their "Blackmail" sketch.
Izzard has appeared in a number of episodes of BBC One's Have I Got News For You. He portrayed comedian Lenny Bruce in the 1999 production of Julian Barry's 1971 play Lenny. In 2001, he replaced Clive Owen in Peter Nichols' 1967 play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg at the Comedy Theatre. Izzard and Victoria Hamilton repeated their lead roles when the show was brought to Broadway in 2003 in the Roundabout Theatre Company production. The revival received four Tony Award nominations, including Best Revival of a Play, Best Leading Actor, and Best Leading Actress for its stars Izzard and Hamilton in their Broadway debuts, and Best Direction for Laurence Boswell. In June 2010, Izzard replaced James Spader in the role of Jack Lawson in David Mamet's play Race on Broadway.
Izzard has appeared in numerous films, starting with 1996's The Secret Agent. He has appeared as several real-life individuals, including Charlie Chaplin in The Cat's Meow, actor Gustav von Wangenheim in Shadow of the Vampire, and General Erich Fellgiebel in Valkyrie. Other roles have included Mr Kite in Across the Universe, Lussurioso in Revengers Tragedy and criminal expert Roman Nagel in Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen. Izzard's voice work has included the titular "It" in Five Children and It, Nigel in The Wild and the mouse warrior Reepicheep in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. He said in 2009 that he would not be reprising his role as Reepicheep, a role laid by Simon Pegg in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. He has stated he felt he learned to act while working on the film Circus.
Izzard appeared in the 2009 BBC science fiction miniseries The Day of the Triffids, based on the 1951 novel, alongside Jason Priestley, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, Dougray Scott and Brian Cox.
He presented the medals to the athletes who had won the 800m T54 race at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, including gold medalist David Weir. He played Dr. Hatteras, a skeptical psychology professor, in the Showtime series United States of Tara and appeared in six episodes of the 2013–15 American psychological thriller–horror television series Hannibal as Dr. Abel Gideon.
In June 2017, Izzard read excerpts from his autobiography Believe Me for BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week. He appeared as a guest on The Daily Show in May 2019 and discussed his current activities as a comic, his political aspirations, and his ongoing efforts as an avid marathon runner.
Izzard uses a stream-of-consciousness delivery that jumps among topics. As he put it in a 2004 interview with The Guardian, "It's the oral tradition. Human beings have been doing it for thousands of years". His bent towards the surreal went so far as to produce a sitcom called Cows in 1997 for Channel 4, a live action comedy with actors dressed in cow suits. Izzard has cited Monty Python as his biggest influence, and Python's John Cleese once referred to him as "the lost Python".
Political views and activism
Izzard has campaigned for political causes and candidates. He is especially well known as a pro-European Union campaigner, supporting the further integration of the UK into the EU. In May 2005, he appeared on the BBC's political debate show Question Time, describing himself as a "British-European", comparing this with other cultural identities such as "African-American". As part of his integration campaigning, he was one of the first people to spend a euro in London. This pan-European approach has influenced his work; he regularly performs in French and occasionally in German. On 16 June 2017, on the "Overtime" segment of HBO political talk show Real Time with Bill Maher, Izzard claimed to be working in four languages: Spanish, German, French and English.
In July 2003, Izzard received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, for "pro-Europe campaigning", "his contribution to promoting modern languages and tolerance of other cultures and lifestyles", and for having "transcended national barriers" with his humour. He has also campaigned unsuccessfully against the closure of the departments of Drama and Languages, Linguistics and Translation at the University of East Anglia, although the department of Drama was later reprieved.
In 1998, Izzard was named on a list of the biggest private financial donors to the Labour Party. He appeared in a party political broadcast for the Labour Party in the run-up to the 2005 general election. He donated nearly £10,000 to the party in 2008, appeared again on a party political broadcast for the 2009 European election, and again in a 2010 election video entitled Brilliant Britain. Izzard appeared in literature to support changing the British electoral system from first-past-the-post to alternative vote for electing Members of Parliament to the House of Commons in the Alternative Vote referendum in 2011 and is a supporter of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform. In 2011, Izzard revealed that he had political ambitions and wanted to become an MP, Mayor, or MEP by 2020. On 25 February 2016, Izzard announced his intention to stand for the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party. It was announced on 9 August 2016 that Izzard had failed to be elected to the NEC.
On 20 July 2006, Izzard received an honorary doctorate in Letters from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sheffield, where he had spent a year on an Accounting and Financial Management course in the early 1980s. During his time at the university he established the now-defunct Alternative Productions Society in the Union of Students with the aim of promoting fringe-based arts. On 4 March 2010, he was elected Honorary President of the University of Sheffield Students' Union.
On 7 July 2007, Izzard was a presenter from the London Leg of Live Earth. During an interview for the 2008 Stripped tour, he spoke about becoming more active in European politics as well as running for political office in Europe within the next decade. Izzard added a stop in New Orleans during his 2008 Stripped tour. All proceeds from the performance of 23 June 2008 were donated to Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans.
In March 2014, Izzard began leading a campaign encouraging Scottish people not to vote for independence in the September referendum, saying that England would feel a "deep sense of loss" if Scotland were to leave the UK.
Izzard is an outspoken supporter of the Labour Party. In September 2011, he declared his ambition to stand for the party as an MP, MEP, or Mayor of London, announcing his intention to stand for the London mayoral election in 2020. When asked on comedy panel show The Last Leg why he thought he might be elected, he replied "Boris Johnson". He is also a republican, believing that Britain should have a democratically elected head of state. He has stated that he is a social democrat, not a socialist. Izzard confirmed his support for Labour in the 2015 general election, attending a party rally with fellow comedian Ben Elton and actress Sally Lindsay in April 2015.
On 27 July 2009, with only 5 weeks' training and no significant prior running experience, Izzard began seven weeks of back-to-back marathon runs (with Sundays off) across the UK to raise money for Sport Relief. He ran from London to Cardiff to Belfast to Edinburgh and back to London, carrying the flag of the country—England, Scotland, or Wales—in which he was running. In Northern Ireland he carried a self-designed green flag bearing a white dove. The blog Eddie Iz Running documented his 43 marathons in 51 days, covering at least 27 miles per day (totalling more than 1,100 miles), ending on 15 September 2009. He received a special award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2009 for his achievements. In March 2010, Izzard took part in the Sport Relief Mile event.
On 16 February 2016 the BBC announced that Izzard would attempt to run 27 marathons in 27 days through South Africa for Sport Relief. The significance of the number 27 came from the number of years Nelson Mandela was held in prison. In total, Izzard would aim to run more than 700 miles in temperatures of up to 40 °C. Izzard completed his first marathon on 23 February. He attempted such a project in South Africa in 2012, but withdrew due to health concerns. He completed the marathon challenge on 20 March 2016 at the statue of Mandela in front of the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Because he had spent a day in hospital, he had to run two consecutive marathons on this last day. He raised more than £1.35M for Sport Relief. A BBC documentary detailing his feat was broadcast on 28 March.
In May 2017, Izzard declared his intention to become a Labour politician after endorsing Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in the 2017 UK general election. He said: "I like Jeremy Corbyn. He believes in what he says." In October, he announced a renewed bid for election to Labour's National Executive Committee. In January 2018, it was announced that Izzard had failed in his second bid to be elected to the NEC. On 31 March 2018, Christine Shawcroft resigned from the Labour Party's NEC. Izzard replaced her and served until the next NEC election, held in summer 2018. Izzard came in 9th in that election and so was not re-elected to the NEC.
During his 2008 Stripped tour, Izzard said he realised he was an atheist. He said, "I was warming the material up in New York, where one night, literally on stage, I realised I didn't believe in God at all. I just didn't think there was anyone upstairs." He has since described himself as a spiritual atheist, saying, "I don't believe in the guy upstairs, I believe in us."
Izzard keeps his romantic life private, citing the wishes of his companions not wanting to become content for his show. He dated Sarah Townsend, who later directed the documentary Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story, and whom he first met while she was running a Fringe venue at the Edinburgh Festival in 1989.
Izzard is transgender, calling himself "somewhat boy-ish and somewhat girl-ish". When asked what pronouns he prefers, Izzard said "either 'he' or 'she.'" In the past, Izzard identified as a transvestite, and he has also called himself "a lesbian trapped in a man's body" and "a complete boy plus half girl". Izzard started to publicly identify as transvestite in venues such as the Edinburgh Festival as early as 1992. His stance is that the way he dresses is neither part of his performance nor a sexual fetish. He said "I don’t call it drag; I don’t even call it cross-dressing. It’s just wearing a dress. ... It’s not about artifice. It’s about me just expressing myself." He remarks in his show Unrepeatable that "women wear what they want and so do I". He has expressed a belief that being transgender is caused by genetics and that someday this will be scientifically proven, having gone so far as to have his own genome sequenced.
On 18 March 2007, Izzard was listed as number 3 of the 100 Greatest British National Comedians (behind Peter Kay at number 2 and Billy Connolly at number 1) as part of British television station Channel 4's ongoing 100 Greatest ... series. In the 2010 updated version of the list he was ranked 5th.
On 20 February 2013, Izzard received the 6th Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism, which is presented at Harvard University each year by the Humanist Community at Harvard, the American Humanist Association, and the Harvard Community of Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics.
In 2015, Izzard was chosen, by readers of The Guardian as their 2014 public language champion. The award was announced at the Guardian and British Academy 2014 Schools Language Awards as part of the annual Language Festival.
- Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens (2017), Michael Joseph, ISBN 978-0718181727.
|15 November 1993||Live at the Ambassadors|
|14 March 1994||Unrepeatable|
|21 October 1996||Definite Article|
|17 November 1997||Glorious|
|9 November 1998||Dress to Kill|
|18 November 2002||Circle|
|26 November 2003||Sexie|
|23 November 2009||Stripped|
|15 January 2011||Live at Madison Square Garden|
|18 November 2013||Force Majeure|
|1995||The Oncoming Storm||Luthor Keeton|
|1996||The Secret Agent||Vladimir|
|1998||Velvet Goldmine||Jerry Devine|
|1999||Mystery Men||Tony P|
|1999||The Criminal||Peter Hume|
|2000||Shadow of the Vampire||Gustav von Wangenheim|
|2001||The Cat's Meow||Charlie Chaplin|
|2001||All the Queen's Men||Tony Parker|
|2004||Five Children and It||It
|2004||Romance & Cigarettes||Gene Vincent|
|2004||Ocean's Twelve||Roman Nagel|
|2006||My Super Ex-Girlfriend||Professor Bedlam|
|2007||Ocean's Thirteen||Roman Nagel|
|2007||Across the Universe||Mr. Kite|
|2008||The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian||Reepicheep
|2009||Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story||Himself||Documentary|
|2011||The Other Side||Dean Bellamy|
|2011||Cars 2||Sir Miles Axlerod
|2011||Lost Christmas||Anthony||Also executive producer|
|2015||Day Out of Days||Dag|
|2016||Whisky Galore!||Captain Wagget|
|2016||Rock Dog||Angus Scattergood
|2017||The Lego Batman Movie||Lord Voldemort
|2017||Victoria & Abdul||Bertie, Prince of Wales|
|2019||Six Minutes To Midnight||Post-production; also writer|
|1991||Barf Bites Back||Himself||Television special|
|1994||Open Fire||Rich||Television film|
|1995||Aristophanes: The Gods are Laughing||Socrates||Television film|
|1996||Tales from the Crypt||Evans||Episode: "Confession"|
|1998||Rex the Runt||Melting Blob Man / Easter Island Head Aliens (voices)||2 episodes|
|1999||Python Night – 30 Years of Monty Python||Himself||Television special|
|2002||Mongrel Nation||Himself||Television documentary|
|2002||A Day in the Death of Joe Egg||Bri||Television film|
|2003||40||Ralph Outen||3 episodes|
|2006||The Secret Policeman's Ball||Himself||Television special|
|2007||Kitchen||Nick Malone||2 part series|
|2007–2008||The Riches||Wayne Malloy / Doug Rich||20 episodes|
|2008||The Secret Policeman's Ball||Himself||Television special|
|2009||The Day of the Triffids||Torrence||2 episodes|
|2010||Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man||Himself||Television special|
|2010||The Simpsons||Nigel Bakerbutcher / Elizabeth II / Prince Charles (voices)||Episode: "To Surveil with Love"|
|2011||United States of Tara||Dr. Hattarras||8 episodes|
|2011||The Good Wife||James Thrush||Episode: "The Death Zone"|
|2012||The Secret Policeman's Ball||Himself||Television special|
|2012||Treasure Island||Long John Silver||Television miniseries|
|2012||Bullet in the Face||Johann Tannhäuser||6 episodes|
|2012||Mockingbird Lane||Grandpa||Television film|
|2013||Meet the Izzards||Himself||Two episode documentary|
|2013–2015||Hannibal||Dr. Abel Gideon||6 episodes|
|2014||Castles in the Sky||Robert Watson-Watt||Television film|
|2015||Powers||"Big Bad" Wolfe||10 episodes|
|2015||The Devil You Know||Thomas Putnam||Pilot|
|2018||Travel Man||Himself||Episode: "48 Hours in Ljubljana"|
|2019||The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance||Cadia (voice)||Netflix series|
|2019||Green Eggs and Ham||Snerz (voice)||Netflix series|
- 900 Oneonta (1994)
- The Cryptogram (1994)
- Edward II (1995)
- Lenny (1999)
- A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (2001–2002, 2003)
- Trumbo (2003)
- Race (2010)
|2000||102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue||Sgt. Tibbs|
|2011||Cars 2||Sir Miles Axlerod|
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