Eddie Izzard

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Eddie Izzard
Eddie Izzard comes to Crouch End.jpg
Izzard at a Labour Party rally in 2015.
Date of birth 7 February 1962
Place of birth Colony of Aden [now Yemen]
Nationality English
Pronouns she/her[1]
Gender identity
  • "transgender guy"[2]
  • "100% boy, plus extra girl"[3]
  • "kind of gender fluid"[4]
  • "I identify somewhat boy-ish and somewhat girl-ish."[2][5]
Occupation comedian, actor, writer, activist

Edward John Izzard is an English stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and political activist. Her comedic style takes the form of rambling whimsical monologues and self-referential pantomime.

She 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 among other movies. She 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 many others.

Izzard has won numerous awards including a Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for her comedy special Dress to Kill, in 2000. Izzard's website won the Yahoo People's Choice Award and earned the Webby Award.

In 2009, she completed 43 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief despite having no history of long-distance running.

Izzard has campaigned for various causes and has been a Labour Party activist for most of her adult life. She twice ran for a seat on Labour's National Executive Committee. When Christine Shawcroft resigned in March 2018, she took her place by default but was not re-elected in that summer's NEC elections.

Izzard describes herself as a "transgender guy"[2] having "boy genetics and girl genetics".[6] In the past when terminology was different, Izzard identified as a transvestite[7], and has also called herself "a lesbian trapped in a man's body"[8], a "male lesbian", and "a complete boy plus half girl".[9]

Izzard's stance is that the way she dresses is neither part of her performance nor a sexual fetish. She 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."[10] She has expressed a personal conviction that being transgender is caused by genetics and that someday this will be scientifically proven, having gone so far as to have her own genome sequenced.[3][7]

In 2020 on the TV programme Portrait Artist of the Year she said she wanted to be "based in girl mode from now on" and referred to with she/her pronouns.[1]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

« I think when LGBT gets really boring then we've made it, because it shouldn't be, “You're gay? Oh my god! You're transgender? Oh my god!” It should just be, “You're LGBT? Fine. Are you any good at what you do—accounting, photography, playing the banjo? How are you at that?” Our sexuality should be a thing that's there, but not the front signpost.[10] »


« I have boy mode and girl mode. I am kind of gender fluid. I want to express both sides of myself, which has always been there. I am a tomboy and tomgirl kind of person.[4] »


« If you look at a tiger, you go "ooh tiger", you don't go "a boy tiger or girl tiger?". We are obsessed by the genders because we grow up in one gender or another. But no other animal is obsessed by our gender. They don't give a monkey's about our gender. [...] How you self-identify, who you fancy, matters not one whit. What do you do in life? What do you create? What do you add to the human existence?[2] »

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Eddie Izzard is now using 'she' and 'her' pronouns". British Comedy Guide. 2020-12-20. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 BBC Three (14 March 2016). "Eddie on coming out as transgender - Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man". YouTube. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Garrison, Becky (8 March 2013). "Eddie Izzard on Atheism, Transgender, and "The Invisible Bloke Upstairs"". Religion Dispatches. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Nunn, Jerry (2019-05-24). "Eddie Izzard works Wunderbar in Chicago". Windy City Times. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  5. Ruby, Jennifer (15 March 2016). "Eddie Izzard gives inspiring speech on being transgender as he takes a break from marathon to get his nails done". Evening Standard. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  6. Loose Women (30 June 2017). "Eddie Izzard on Why It Was Important for Him to Come Out". YouTube. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  7. 7.0 7.1 DEALING WITH TRANSGENDER REACTIONS - Eddie Izzard on London Real, 14 December 2015, retrieved 12 October 2017 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. "Comic Izzard promoting life story". BBC News. 17 May 2004. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  9. "Eddie Izzard: The tough transvestite who can take care of himself". The Independent. 23 May 2004. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Visco, Gerry (19 May 2014). "Eddie Izzard, Force of Nature". Interview. Retrieved 17 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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