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Eddie Izzard Biography

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.

Eddie Izzard: 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.

Eddie Izzard: 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.

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The Latest Eddie Izzard News

Eddie Izzard Urges Scotland To Stay In The U.k.

18th March 2014

British comedian Eddie Izzard is to perform a special gig in Scotland in an effort to convince the country's residents...

Kate Beckinsale To Star In Absolutely Anything

27th February 2014

Kate Beckinsale has been cast in 'Absolutely Anything'.The 40-year-old actress - who will next hit the big screen in...

Eddie Izzard Plans To Perform Stand-up Show In Multiple Languages

25th February 2014

British actor/comedian Eddie Izzard plans to expand his language skills by translating his stand-up show into Russian, Arabic and Chinese.The...

Eddie Izzard Will Tackle Marathon Challenge In Memory Of Nelson Mandela

16th December 2013

British comedian Eddie Izzard has vowed to put his endurance to the test once more to honour the memory of...

Eddie Izzard Helping Monty Python Stars With Live Shows

29th November 2013

British comedian Eddie Izzard has been offering suggestions to the Monty Python team on how to update their sketches ahead...

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Eddie Izzard Footage Film / Movie Reviews

Cars 2 2011, Review by Rich Cline

There's an astounding level of detail in the animation of this sequel to Pixar's iffy...

Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story 2009, Review by Rich Cline

This biographical doc about the comedian-actor contains such a wealth of old footage that it's...

Igor 2008, Review by Bill Gibron

Igor is the Rodney Dangerfield of cinematic sidekicks. With rare exceptions (Marty Feldman's turn in...

Valkyrie 2008, Review by Sean O'Connell

Because nothing says "Happy birthday, baby Jesus" like Nazis plotting to assassinate Adolf Hitler, United...

Ocean's Thirteen 2007, Review by Jesse Hassenger

The jazzy music, saturated-to-bleeding colors, and even the credits font make it clear from the...

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The Latest Eddie Izzard Press Releases

Eddie Izzard Confirmed To Headline Glee Club Comedy Tent At V Festival 2013

5th August 2013

With just two weeks to go until the gates open, V Festival, sponsored by Virgin...

Eddie Izzard Added To Altitude Comedy Festival 2013 Line-up

4th March 2013

Altitude Festival is extremely proud to announce Eddie Izzard...

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