Eddie Izzard (born 7.2.1962) Eddie Izzard is a British comedian and actor. He is known for his transvestism and he often dresses in women's clothes and wears make-up for his stand-up shows.
Childhood: Eddie Izzard was born in Yemen, to Dorothy and Harold Izzard. His mother was a nurse and his father an accountant. At the time of Eddie's birth, his father was working for BP.
The Izzard family then moved to Bangor in Northern Ireland. When Eddie was six, his mother died of cancer. Eddie's brother Mark was eight at the time.
Eddie Izzard was educated at St. Bede's Preparatory School and Eastbourne College. He then attended Sheffield University, where he began performing as a stand-up comic. When he was ejected from his accountancy degree, he began working on his stand-up routines in earnest, as a means of earning a living.
Career: Eddie Izzard began his career as a street performer in the US and Europe. He later returned to the UK and began performing in venues such as The Comedy Store where his popularity grew throughout the 1980s and 1990s. His rambling, stream-of-consciousness style has often been compared to the Monty Python comedians. He is also known for his impressions, often using the voice of James Mason to portray God as an inadequate figure of authority, or the use of Sean Connery's voice to portray the Biblical figure of Noah.
In 1993, Izzard won a British Comedy Award for his Live at the Ambassadors show. The next year, he performed as part of 'Filth', which was a fundraiser for the Terence Higgins Trust, involving a group of left-wing comedians.
In 1996, Izzard won another British Comedy Award for his Definite Article show, which he toured around the UK and overseas. The following year, he produced a surreal sitcom for Channel 4 entitled Cows. The show was a live-action sitcom, with actors dressed up in cow suits.
Despite a successful run in New York with Definite Article, it was not until his Dress To Kill show came about that Eddie Izzard really became a success in the United States. The Dress To Kill show was shown n the popular HBO channel and the increase in his public stature and popularity earned him two Emmy Awards in 2000.
Shortly after Dress To Kill was aired, Izzard also played a supporting role in Mystery Men, a comic book adaptation starring Ben Stiller and William H. Macy.
Eddie Izzard was chosen, in 2005, to provide the voiceover for the UK government's recycling campaign. The following year, the US TV network FX commissioned a drama series entitled The Riches, which was co-written by Eddie Izzard. Izzard starred in the drama alongside Minnie Driver.
During the Edinburgh leg of the Live 8 concerts, Eddie Izzard performed onstage with Midge Ure of Ultravox, playing the piano part for 'Vienna'.
Izzard used parts of his Stripped tour in 2008 to mock the self-referential style of Wikipedia and often read articles from the site out loud on his iPhone during the show.
Eddie Izzard has also performed in a number of theatrical plays, including David Mamet's The Cryptogram (alongside Lyndsay Duncan), Christopher Marlowe's Edward II (in which he played the title role), Julian Barry's Lenny Bruce biopic, Lenny (again taking the title role) and also replacing Clive Owen in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, alongside Victoria Hamilton.
Izzard starred in Valkyrie in 2008. He played the role of General Erich Fellgiebel, opposite Tom Cruise's Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg. The film was based on the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler during World War II.
In 2009, Eddie Izzard embarked upon a month-long fundraiser for the Sport Relief charity, in which he ran 30 marathons in 30 days.
Izzard, wearing high heels, had chased after the man and retrieved the beret with the help of police.
A man has been charged with theft after comedian Eddie Izzard had his pink beret snatched from his head during a pro-Europe rally in London on Saturday. The comedian had joined thousands of marchers in Parliament Square to try and put pressure on the Government to delay activating Article 50, which will begin the formal process of Britain leaving the EU.
A man has been charged after Eddie Izzard’s beret was stolen during a pro EU march in London
While Izzard was marching along Whitehall his pink beret was snatched from his head by a man. Despite wearing high heels, the comedian chased after the man and retrieved the beret with the help of police.
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Eddie Izzard dressed in a kilt sheltering from the rain under an umbrella at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 for the premiere of 'Whisky Galore' held at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Scotland. Sunday 26th June 2016
Izzard is raising money for Sport Relief with the Nelson Mandela-inspired challenge.
For Eddie Izzard the finish line is drawing closer as he approaches the final leg of his gruelling 27 marathons in 27 days challenge for Sport Relief. Izzard passed the 20 marathon mark on Monday and on Thursday he will pass Robben Island, the site where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.
Eddie Izzard is close to completing his marathon challenge.
Izzard’s challenge is a tribute to the late South African leader, who spent 27 years in prison. The final destination for Izzard on Sunday will be The Union Buildings in Pretoria where Mandela gave his first speech as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
A 700 mile trek across South Africa awaits the British comedian.
Everyone's been vowing to get fit this year; whether it's going for that extra run, hitting the gym more often or walking to the store instead of driving. But we're willing to bet no-one's taking to an extreme like Eddie Izzard, who has claimed to embark on 27 marathons in 27 days.
Eddie Izzard gets his running shoes back on
One marathon in one day is enough for us; we'd even be impressed with two in a year. But 27 marathons in 27 days?! That's not all either, because Izzard will be taking to the sweltering climate of South Africa for this challenge, a far cry from UK temperatures and probably not the most comfortable to exercise non-stop in.
Simon Pegg continues his rollercoaster career, alternating between superior blockbuster franchises (Mission: Impossible and Star Trek) and awkward British romantic-comedies (Hector and the Search for Happiness). And this might just be his most disastrous move yet. Despite a promising cast, which includes a reunion of the surviving Monty Python members, this madcap sci-fi comedy never finds its tone, veering wildly from nutty slapstick to sentimental silliness. It's hard to remember laughing even once while watching it.
The story kicks off when an American space probe launched in 1972 is intercepted by the Intergalactic Council (voiced by the Pythons). Their investigation into Earth consists of watching YouTube videos, so of course they decide to destroy the planet. But first, they'll give one earthling a chance to save the world: they randomly choose North London schoolteacher Neil (Simon Pegg) and give him superpowers that allow him to do absolutely anything. After a few mishaps, he tries to use his abilities to improve his life, making his his dog Dennis speak (in the voice of Robin Williams) and appearing irresistible to his neighbour Catherine (Kate Beckinsale). Even though she already likes him. But Neil only has 10 days to do the right thing with his powers, or Earth is doomed.
Yes, this is essentially the same plot as Bruce Almighty, but the film never quite settles on an approach. It's produced in the style of an over-wacky child's movie, but the humour is eerily adult-oriented, so it's difficult to see who would enjoy it. The main plot is never remotely coherent, meandering through the story without any sense of direction. There are also a few corny sideroads to pad out the slim running time, including Neil's work colleague (Sanjeev Baskar) becoming an object of religious devotion, while Catherine's American military one-night-stand (Rob Riggle) becomes an obsessive stalker. Neither of these strands goes anywhere funny. Nor do extended cameos by Eddie Izzard (as a gruff headmaster) or Joanna Lumley (as a snooty TV presenter).
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Stet is just 11-years-old and struggling to come to terms with his mother's death. He frequently lashes out and has little discipline, but the one thing he does have a lot of is talent. An impressive singer, he is thrust into the National Boychoir Academy who accept him only on the basis that he can sing and that his father pays them well. However, he struggles to fit in with the other children, especially when it emerges that he is unable to read music. He causes fights and is frequently picked on, the school are beginning to see him as a liability, but there's an important concert coming up and Stet could prove to be their new secret weapon; all he needs is a little help. Choir master Carvelle takes him under his wing with a hard line, determined to show Stet just how great he can be.
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If you could change absolutely anything in the world, what would it be? This is the ultimate question that Neil Clarke finds himself faced with when he wakes up with the ability to become whoever he wants to be, have whatever he wants and make the impossible very easily possible. Little does he know that this is a test set up by some disgruntled extra-terrestrial lifeforms, who have given the following ultimatum: use this ultimate power for good, or watch the Earth burn. Unfortunately, Neil has a lot of things in his own life that he would like to change, let alone important things in the rest of the world. He wishes for an easier life, to be more attractive and to win the heart of his neighbour Catherine. But, as Spider-Man once said, with great power comes great responsibility, so if he is thinking of making some big changes, he ought to make sure he's really thought them through first.
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The 'House of Cards' star and theatre legend stepped down from his role at one of London's oldest theatres after more than ten years.
Stars from throughout the world of theatre came together to praise Kevin Spacey as he stepped down as artistic director of London’s The Old Vic after more than a decade in the role.
In an event hosted by ‘Downton Abbey’ star Hugh Bonneville, the likes of Elizabeth McGovern, Jeremy Irons and Eddie Izzard paid tribute to Spacey’s contributions to reviving the fortunes of the Old Vic, at which he took the reins in 2003. He now vacates to make way for Matthew Warchus, who is set to unveil his opening season later this week.
Recorded tributes were also included from James Bond director Sam Mendes, Sir Elton John and even former American President Bill Clinton, and there were a handful of musical performances by Sting and Annie Lennox.
Eddie Izzard - Photographs from the red carpet at the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Award 2014 an annual event held in the UK to celebrate achievements in sport. This year the even was held at the SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th December 2014
Although technically a music festival the Henham Park, Southwold, gathering mixed arts, comedy and more for an experience like no other
Within it's scenic woodland surroundings, Henham Park in Southwold, Suffolk, was once again the place to be this past weekend (19 - 21 July) as the worlds of music, arts, comedy, cabaret and more all mixed seamlessly together for a weekend to remember.
Bloc Party rounded off the first day
Although it was Bloc Party who headlined the main-stage on the first night (Friday 19 July), revellers didn't have to wait around to get their first taste of the wonders of festival-life. With the Maccabees, Yo La Tengo and The Leisure Society coming before them, one of the most warmly received acts came from one of the smaller stages, the BBC Radio 6 stage. Texas were the headliners of the night and despite their more radio-friendly sound ging against the alternative grain most of the festival takes, their renditions of 'I Don’t Want a Lover,' 'Summer Son' and a host of new tracks had the audience eating out of singer Sharleen Spiteri's hands. Meanwhile Japandroids and DIIV were among the bigger names on the smaller stages, whilst Lee Nelson and Sean Lock were among those bringing the laughs to the Comedy Stage.
Look at that line-up, it's one for the ages is it not? Los Angeles comedy fans were given an absolute treat as an all-star cast featuring world renowned stand-up comedians, Hollywood actors and sitcom legends performed improvisational musical called What About Dick? Written by Monty Python man Eric Idle, the show saw comedians-cum-actors Eddie Izzard and Russell Brand join up with the likes of acting stalwart Tim Curry, US 80s comedy star Tracey Ullman, Scottish stand-up Billy Connolly and Frasier star Jane Leeves and more for the hilarious play.
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Using animation, home movies and archive footage, we follow Izzard through his birth in 1962 to British parents who were working in Yemen, his early childhood in Northern Ireland and his youth in Wales and England. After being kicked out of university, he started performing comedy on the street, finally getting his big break in the 1990s, touring the world as a comic and becoming more famous in America as an actor. Along the way he discovers that past tragedies have inspired him to believe that he can be a stand-up, an actor or anything he wants to be.
Continue reading: Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story Review
Date of birth
7th February, 1962
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Rock Dog trailer, animated film for all. I play a cat. It previews tomorrow at the London Film Fest https://t.co/cOi26rV4xQ
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This is a fantastic accomplishment. Well done to Ben Smith @the401challenge and now have a bloody good rest! https://t.co/WF4lmSstZK
Just talking at the Labour Party conference. And I got my beret back! https://t.co/OOSvc2aNq8
I can't quite believe it. What a fight back! https://t.co/eSaVaOMWi7
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Happy Birthday to my dad - Harold Izzard - 88 years young today (this is a photo of him in Aden when he was 80) https://t.co/lkFDTbltol
Always good to support someone who's sweating hard to raise money for charities. Good luck Monsieur https://t.co/Db3RmU2z9b
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