Star of stage and screen. Hailed as the foremost stand up of a generation. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion icon. Human. Eddie Izzard is all of these things and more.
One of the most celebrated comics of her generation since the early 1990s, Eddie Izzard’s comedic style takes the form of what appears to the audience as rambling whimsical monologues and self-referential pantomime.
Her world-renowned stand-up shows include Unrepeatable, Definite Article, Glorious and Dress to Kill, which earned Izzard a New York Drama Desk Award and two Emmys. Eddie has toured her shows in four languages English, French, German and Spanish throughout countries all over the world.
Parallel to stand up comedy, Izzard has an equally stellar reputation as a film, television and stage actor. Highlights from Eddie Izzard’s film career include Boychoir, Valkyrie, Ocean’s Thirteen and Ocean’s Twelve, Across the Universe, Mystery Men, Shadow of the Vampire, The Cat’s Meow and most recently Victoria and Abdul alongside Judi Dench.
On television, she has appeared most notably in the crime noir series, Powers, in Bryan Fuller’s series, Hannibal and in the critically acclaimed FX Networks series, The Riches.
In 2010, Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story received an Emmy Award nomination. Her companion-piece autobiography, Believe Me, entered the top ten in the Sunday Times Best-seller list and the New York Times Best-seller list.
A venerable charity campaigner, Eddie Izzard has completed marathons all over the world raising over £4 million for Sport Relief. During the 2021 Covid lockdown, she completed an incredible 31 virtual marathons and 31 streamed gigs in 31 days to raise money for her "Make Humanity Great Again" campaign.
Izzard is a vocal supporter of Europeanism and European integration, and has campaigned in support of the European Union. In May 2005, she appeared on the BBC's political debate show Question Time, describing herself as a "British-European", comparing this with other cultural identities such as "African-American".
Eddie Izzard joined the Labour Party in 1995 and appeared in party political broadcasts for the Labour Party in the run-up to the 2005 general election and 2009 European election, as well as a 2010 election video entitled Brilliant Britain.
Izzard is genderfluid and calls herself "somewhat boy-ish and somewhat girl-ish". She uses the word "transgender" as an umbrella term. When asked in 2019 what pronouns she preferred, Eddie responded, "either 'he' or 'she'" and explained, "If I am in boy mode, then 'he', or girl mode, 'she'".
In 2020, she requested "she/her" pronouns for an appearance on a TV show and said she wants "to be based in girl mode from now on". In March 2023, she announced that she would begin using the name Suzy in addition to Eddie, saying that she is "going to be Suzy Eddie Izzard".
Explaining that she had wanted to use the name Suzy since she was 10 years old, she added that people "can choose" which name they want to use to refer to her and that she would keep using "Eddie Izzard" as her public name since it is more widely recognised.