Who is Eddie Izzard, why is she famous, where in Yorkshire did she study and how does she identify
The comedian and the actor has been very vocal about his political views and is currently campaigning to be the next MP for Sheffield. She launched her campaign on October 11, 2022, hoping to replace the current Sheffield MP Paul Blomfieldwho is retiring as a deputy in the next elections.
Eddie has also been a strong supporter of charity, running 43 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief in 2009, although she had never competed in long distance running. In 2016, she ran 27 marathons in 27 days in South Africa to honor Nelson Mandela and raised £1.35million.
She is a polyglot, having performed standing in Arabic, French, German, Russian and Spanish and is an active supporter of Europeanism and the European Union. She has always loved comedy since she was a child and had her first taste of stand-up comedy when she was just 12 years old.
Early childhood and education
Eddie was born in Aden, then called Aden Colony and now known as Yemen, in the 1960s to English parents Dorothy and Harold. Her mother was a midwife and nurse and her father was an accountant who worked in Aden for BP when she was born.
She has an older brother called Mark who is a few years older than her. When she was just one year old, the family moved to Bangor, Northern Ireland, where they remained until Eddie was five. From there they moved to Skewen in South Wales, where she and her brother were sent to boarding school.
Shortly before they were sent to boarding school, Eddie’s mother died of cancer, when she was just six years old. Eddie attended the independent St John’s School in Newton, St Bede’s Prep School in Eastbourne and Eastbourne College.
Eddie and his brother built a model railway to keep busy while their mother was sick and this was later donated to the Bexhill Museum in 2016.
She revealed in an interview that she had always wanted to be an actress since she was seven years old and studied acting at the University of Sheffield.
Eddie started getting into acting in college with his friend Rob Ballard; the two performed in the streets, regularly in Covent Garden, London. When Rob and Eddie separated, she spent most of the early 1980s working as a street artist in Europe and the United States.
It was during this period of her comedic journey that she found her voice speaking to audiences while doing solo breakout acts. She then moved her act to stand-up comedy venues across Britain, performing her first routine at Banana Cabaret in London’s Balham district.
Eddie’s breakthrough came in 1991 when she performed her “raised by wolves” routine on the TV show Hysteria 3 AIDS Benefit. Since then, she has become increasingly popular and has garnered a lot of attention and following.
She won two Primetime Emmy Awards, Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program and Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program in 2000 for her comedy special Dress to Kill.
Eddie made his dramatic West End debut in 1994 as the lead in the world premiere of The Cryptogram with Lindsay Duncan at the Comedy Theater in London. The success of this show earned her a second starring role in David Beaird’s dark comedy 900 Oneonta and in 1995 she played the lead role in Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II.
Since then her acting career took off, she appeared in many other films including the 1996 film The Secret Agent, she portrayed Charlie Chaplin in The Cat’s Meow, actor Gustav von Wangenheim in Shadow of the Vampire, General Erich Fellgeibel in Valkyrie and Wartime Radar pioneer Robert Watson-Watt in the BBC drama Castles in the Sky.
She has also appeared in Across the Universe as Mr Kite, Revengers Tragedy as Lussurioso, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen as criminal expert Roman Nagel, alongside Brad Pitt and George Clooney.
Other acting credits include the character “It” in Five Children and It, Nigel in The Wild, and mouse warrior Ripicheep in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Eddie starred alongside Jason Priestley, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson and Dougray Scott in the 2009 BBC sci-fi miniseries The Day of the Triffids.
She played psychology professor Dr. Hatteras on the Showtime series United States of Tara alongside Toni Collette and as Harry Sutton in the 2021 Netflix mystery drama miniseries Stay Close.
What is Eddie Izzard’s political affiliation?
Eddie is a strong supporter of European integration and has campaigned for the European Union. She appeared on the BBC’s political debate program Question Time in 2005, describing herself as a “British-European”.
As part of his campaign, Eddie was one of the first people to spend a euro in London and this approach inspired his work, regularly performing his stand-up shows in French and occasionally in German.
Eddie campaigned for replacing the first-past-the-post system with the alternative vote as the method of electing MPs in a 2011 referendum and is a big supporter of the Union campaign for electoral reform.
She is also in favor of British republicanism, believing that the UK should have a democratically elected head of state instead of a monarchy. She mentioned that she is a social democrat rather than a socialist.
She campaigned hard to encourage Scots not to vote for independence, saying the UK would feel a “deep sense of loss” if Scotland were to walk away from the UK.
Eddie was named as one of the Labor Party’s biggest private donors in 1998 and in 2008 she donated nearly £10,000. She appeared on various Labor Party political broadcasts in the run-up to the 2005 general election and the 2009 European elections.
She expressed strong support for Labor in the 2017 general election and for Jeremy Corbyn as leader.
How does Eddie Izzard identify himself?
She identifies as genderfluid and calls herself “a bit of a boy and a bit of a girl”. Eddie calls himself transgender as an umbrella term.
In 2019 Eddie explained that her pronouns are either ‘he’ or ‘she’ depending on whether she was in ‘boy mode’ or ‘girl mode’, however, in 2020 she asked let her pronouns be her/her as she wants to be “girl-based from now on”.
She admits she always knew she was transgender since she was four years old.