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Eddie Izzard

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Eddie Izzard

British stand-up comedian, actor and writer add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1962.

Countries: United Kingdom (51%), United States (30%), Canada (3%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: David Mamet, Ben Elton, Bexhill-on-Sea

Linked to: University of Sheffield, University of East Anglia, Eastbourne College, Labour Party




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Eddie Izzard was born in 1962 add something


After his split with Ballard, Izzard spent a great deal of the early 1980s working as a street performer in Europe and the United States add something


He refined his material throughout the 1980s, and in the early 1990s he finally began earning some measure of recognition through his improvisation, in part at his own club "Raging Bull" in Soho add something


In 1987, he made his first stage appearance at The Comedy Store, London add something


!Edinburgh Festival - In 1989, he met actress Sarah Townsend who was running a Fringe venue at the Edinburgh Festival add something


Malvern Fringe Festival - By the 1990s, the Fringe programme had grown to a six-week event and was attracting comedy and cabaret acts that were beginning to establish their reputations, including Eddie Izzard, Lee Evans, Jerry Sadowitz, Jim Tavare, Chris Lynam and a double act featuring Linda Smith and Mark Thomas, plus musical acts as varied as Gong, Juicy Lucy, Voodoo Queens and Loop Guru


Robin Ince - In 1990, Ince first appeared at Greyfriars Kirkhouse at the Edinburgh Festival where Eddie Izzard was running a venue


In 1991, Izzard got a spot on the Fry and Laurie-produced AIDS benefit "Hysteria 3," where he did his "Wolves" sketch, which broke him into the mainstream comedy circuit and television add something


Izzard started to freely talk about his transvestism in venues like Edinburgh Festival as early as 1992 add something


His resultant stand-up work brought him British Comedy awards in 1993 , a part in "Filth" which was a stand up presentation by left-wing sympathetic comedians in aid of raising money for the Terrence Higgins Trust in 1994, and 1996 add something


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 add something


In 1995, he portrayed the title character in Christopher Marlowe's "Edward II" add something


In 1996, Izzard had a part in his first United States-produced film, "The Secret Agent", where he met and befriended Robin Williams add something


Izzard has appeared in numerous films, starting with 1996's "The Secret Agent" add something


His bent towards the surreal even went so far as to produce a sitcom called "Cows" in 1997 for Channel 4, a live action comedy with actors dressed in cowsuits add something


Jonathan Cake - Cake next worked with Pam Ferris, James Fleet and Patrick Barlow in "Cows" , a television comedy written by Eddie Izzard and Nick Whitby, offered a memorable portrayal of Jack Favell in the 1997 Anglo-German miniseries "Rebecca", which was based on the 1938 novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier, and portrayed Peter Templer in a TV miniseries adaptation of Anthony Powell's "A Dance to the Music of Time" , which starred James Purefoy, Simon Russell Beale and Paul Rhys


As a result, Izzard took "Definite Article" on a successful stint to New York in the same year and, as a support act to Williams, took "Dress to Kill" to San Francisco in 1998 add something


In 1998 Izzard appeared briefly on stage with the Monty Python team in "The American Film Institute's Tribute to Monty Python" add something


In 1998, Izzard was named in a list of the biggest private financial donors to the Labour Party add something


During the 1999 television special "It's add something


His US breakthrough came in 1999 when "Dress to Kill" was shown on the American television channel HBO, about a year or so after he performed the show on tour in the US, UK and France add something


In 1999, after complaints that his act recycled jokes appearing on his DVDs, the BBC's consumer programme "Watchdog" investigated Izzard's live act add something


Izzard portrayed comedian Lenny Bruce in the 1999 production of Julian Barry's 1971 play "Lenny" add something


He 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 add something


Suddenly, America was aware of Izzard and the show went on to earn him two Emmy awards in 2000 add something


He speaks German and used it in the 2001 film "All the Queen's Men" add something


In 2001, he replaced Clive Owen in Peter Nichols' 1967 play "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" at the Comedy Theatre add something


Marion Davies - The rumors were dramatized in the play "The Cat's Meow", which was later made into Peter Bogdanovich's 2001 film of the same name starring Edward Herrmann as Hearst, Kirsten Dunst as Davies, Eddie Izzard as Chaplin, Joanna Lumley as Elinor Glyn, Jennifer Tilly as gossip columnist Louella Parsons, and Cary Elwes as Ince


Izzard and Victoria Hamilton repeated their lead roles when the show was brought to Broadway in 2003, with the Roundabout Theatre Company production add something


In July 2003, Izzard received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of East Anglia in 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 add something


As he put it in a 2004 interview with "The Guardian", "It's the oral tradition add something


Damien Fahey - While hosting in October and November 2004, he interviewed celebrities including Eddie Izzard, Peter_Falk, Marsha Thomason, and Pat O'Brien


He appeared in a party political broadcast for the Labour Party in the run up to the 2005 general election add something


In 2005, Izzard used his rambling style to provide the voice-over for the British government's television advertisements promoting recycling add something


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' add something


Henrik Schyffert - In 2005, he made a documentary for Swedish national TV, about humor around the world, in which he interviewed John Cleese, Eddie Izzard, Conan O'Brien, Dylan Moran and others


In January 2006, the US television network FX announced the production of a new drama series called "The Riches" add something


On 20 July 2006, he received an honorary doctorate in Letters from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sheffield, where he spent one year on an Accounting and Financial Management course in the early 1980s add something


Christopher Parker - In 2006 he worked alongside Christian Slater, Nick Moran and Eddie Izzard in a live performance of the Hollywood movie "The Rogues"


In 2007, when asked about his comedy style by George Stroumboulopoulos, host of CBC Television's talk show, "The Hour", Izzard described his use of history by saying, add something


On 18 March 2007, Izzard was listed as number 3 of the 100 Greatest British National Comedians as part of British television station Channel 4's ongoing "100 Greatest add something


On 7 July 2007, Izzard was one of the presenters from the London leg of Live Earth add something


Paul Provenza - The show was reprised by Provenza at the 2007 "Just for Laughs" comedy festival in Montreal, where guests included Billy Connolly, Eddie Izzard and members of "The Kids in the Hall"


FX (TV channel) - Throughout 2007, FX introduced three new dramas, "Dirt" starring Courteney Cox, "The Riches" starring Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver, and "Damages" starring Glenn Close, Ted Danson and Rose Byrne


Minnie Driver - On 12 March 2007, Driver made her return to television starring alongside Eddie Izzard on the FX Network show "The Riches", a series about a family of Travellers living in an upscale gated community in the suburbs


During an interview for the 2008 Stripped tour, Izzard spoke about becoming more active in European politics as well as running for political office in Europe within the next decade add something


He donated nearly £10,000 to the party in 2008, appeared again in a party political broadcast for the 2009 European election and again in a 2010 election video entitled "Brilliant Britain" add something


In 2008, Izzard received the James Joyce award of the Literary and Historical Society of UCD, Dublin, Ireland add something


In 2008, in his "Stripped" tour, Izzard began using Wikipedia itself as part of his stand-up act, reading from a live copy of an article and mocking Wikipedia's self-referential editorial style add something


Izzard added a stop in New Orleans during his 2008 "Stripped" tour add something


All proceeds from the performance of 23 June 2008 were donated to Neighbourhood Housing Services of New Orleans add something


Erich Fellgiebel - He was portrayed by actor and comedian Eddie Izzard in the 2008 Bryan Singer thriller "Valkyrie"


H (magazine) - In April 2008, "h" launched nationally and became a paid magazine, with Eddie Izzard featured on the cover


In 2009, he completed 43 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief in spite of having no prior history of long-distance running add something


On 27 July 2009, with only 5 weeks' training and no significant prior history of running, Izzard began seven weeks of back-to-back marathon runs across the UK to raise money for Sport Relief add something


He completed the run on 15 September 2009, after having run at least 27 miles each day, 6 days a week for 7 weeks straight, covering more than 1,100 miles across the UK. Izzard received a special award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2009 for his achievements add something


Jason Priestley - In December 2009 along with Dougray Scott, Brian Cox, and Eddie Izzard, Priestley was featured in "The Day of the Triffids", written by Patrick Harbinson, whose credits include "ER" and "Law & Order"


However in the 2010 updated version of the list he was ranked 5th In a 2005 poll to find the "Comedians' Comedian", Izzard was voted amongst the top 20 greatest comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders add something


In March 2010, Izzard took part in the Sport Relief Mile event add something


In March 2010, Sheffield Students' Union of the University of Sheffield overwhelmingly elected him their honorary President add something


On 4 March 2010, he was elected as the Honorary President of the University of Sheffield Students' Union add something


In June 2010, Izzard replaced James Spader in the role of Jack Lawson in David Mamet's play "Race" on Broadway add something


Dennis Haysbert - In June 2010, Haysbert joined the cast of David Mamet's "Race" on Broadway as character Henry Brown, performing alongside actors Eddie Izzard, Richard Thomas and Afton Williamson


In 2011, Eddie Izzard revealed that he had political ambitions and wanted to become an MP, Mayor or MEP by 2020 add something


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 add something


Izzard is an outspoken supporter of the Labour Party , and in September 2011 declared his ambition to stand for the party in the future as an MP, MEP or as Mayor of London add something


In December 2011, he appeared in the British drama "Lost Christmas" as Anthony add something


In 2012 Izzard was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Sunderland add something


In early 2012, it was announced that Izzard was to play the role of "Grandpa" in the Bryan Singer-directed NBC remake of "The Munsters" entitled "Mockingbird Lane" add something


The film was written by David Logan and John Hay. In January 2012, he appeared as Long John Silver in Sky1's adaptation of "Treasure Island" alongside Elijah Wood and Philip Glenister among others add something


He supports Crystal Palace F.C. and on Monday, 16 July 2012 he became an associate director at the club he has supported since he was seven years old add something


On 6 September 2012, Izzard presented the medals to the athletes who had won the 800m T54 race at the London 2012 Paralympic Games add something


Aubrey Powell (designer) - In 2012 he directed Eric Idle, Russell Brand, Eddie Izzard, Billy Connolly, Tracey Ullman and Jane Leeves in a film of the Eric Idle play "What About Dick-"


In 2013, Eddie Izzard is on a world tour entitled Force Majeure, with dates that run throughout the year and into 2014 add something


Eden Project - The 2013 Eden Sessions were headlined by: Kaiser Chiefs, Jessie J, Eddie Izzard, Sigur Ros and The xx


In March 2014 Izzard began leading a campaign encouraging Scotland not to vote for independence in the upcoming referendum, saying that England would feel a "deep sense of loss" were Scotland to leave the UK. add something


Bexhill-on-Sea - The last remaining cinema was sold to the Wetherspoon pub chain on 1st December 2014 A small group of residents and Eddie Izzard had been fighting to save the cinema for the last five years but the group failed to raise the necessary funds


Bexhill-on-Sea - The last remaining cinema was sold to the Wetherspoon pub chain on 1 December 2014 A small group of residents and Eddie Izzard had been fighting to save the cinema for the last five years but the group failed to raise the necessary funds


In 2015 Izzard was chosen, by readers of "The Guardian", as their 2014 public language champion add something


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 add something


Sean Biggerstaff - In 2015 he filmed Whisky Galore with Gillies MacKinnon and Eddie Izzard


Matthew James Thomas - Later in 2015, he was cast alongside Eddie Izzard in the HBO pilot, "The Devil You Know", an upcoming drama program created by Jenji Kohan


On 16 February 2016 the BBC announced that Izzard would attempt to run 27 marathons in 27 days, through South Africa for Sport Relief add something


On 25 February 2016, Izzard announced his intention to stand for the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party add something


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 saying, "I like Jeremy Corbyn add something


On June 16, 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 add something


In January 2018, it was announced that Izzard had failed in his second bid to be elected to the NEC. add something


In January 2018, it was announced that Izzard had failed in his second bid to be elected to the NEC. On 31 March 2018, following the resignation of Christine Shawcroft from the Labour Party's NEC, Izzard automatically replaced her add something


On 20 November 2018 he was awarded a Honorary Doctorate of Letters from York St John University add something


Eddie Izzard appeared as a guest on The Daily Show in May of 2019 and discussed his current activities as a comic, his political aspirations, and his ongoing efforts as an avid marathon runner add something


Eddie Izzard 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 add something