Eddie Izzard is an English standup comedian and actor. His comedy style takes the form of rambling, whimsical monologue and self-referential pantomime. Eddie Izzard's works include standup sets Unrepeatable, Definite Article, Glorious, Dress to Kill, Circle, Sexie and Stripped. He had a starring role in the television series The Riches as Wayne Malloy and has appeared in many motion pictures such as Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen, Mystery Men, The Cat's Meow and Across the Universe. Eddie has cited his main comical role model as Monty Python, and John Cleese once referred to him as the "lost Python." He is also known for his transvestism. His stand-up work brought him British Comedy Awards in 1993 (for Live at the Ambassadors), a part in "Filth" which was a stand up presentation by left-wing sympathetic comedians in aid of raising money for the Terence Higgins Trust in 1994, and 1996 (for Definite Article).
About Eddie Izzard
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. The success of that role led to his second starring role in David Beaird’s black comedy 900 Oneonta. In 1995, he portrayed the title character in Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II.
Izzard portrayed comedian Lenny Bruce in the 1999 production of Julian Barry’s 1971 play Lenny. In 2001, he replaced Clive Owen in Peter Nichols’ 1967 play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg at the Comedy Theatre. Izzard and Victoria Hamilton then repeated their lead roles when the show was brought to Broadway in 2003, with The Roundabout Theatre Company production. The revival received four Tony Award nominations including Best Revival of a Play, Best Leading Actor and Actress for its stars Izzard and Hamilton in their Broadway debuts, and Best Direction for Laurence Boswell.
Izzard has appeared in numerous films, starting with 1996’s The Secret Agent. He has appeared as several real-life individuals, including Charlie Chaplin in The Cat’s Meow, film director Gustav von Wangenheim in Shadow of the Vampire and General Erich Fellgiebel in Valkyrie. Other roles have included Mr. Kite in Across the Universe, Lussurioso in Revengers Tragedy and criminal expert Roman Nagel in Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen. Voice work has included the titular It in Five Children and It, Nigel in The Wild and the mouse warrior Reepicheep in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. He will not be reprising the role in The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, leaving the role voiced by Bill Nighy.
Izzard appeared in the BBC science fiction miniseries The Day of the Triffids based on the 1951 novel, alongside Jason Priestley, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, Dougray Scott and Brian Cox.
Among Izzard’s comic talents are mimicry and mime. He portrays God as an authority figure using the voice of James Mason and Noah as Sean Connery, impersonations of whom appear in all of his performances. Izzard also imitates activities such as sawing wood, vacuuming, and mowing the lawn, anthropomorphizing the machines with accents and personalities. Successful impressions, such as his Scottish clarinet teacher, Mrs. Badcrumble, become running gags which recur in different shows. He tackles topics both contemporary and historic, including frequent re-imaginings of historical events which result in scenes like ‘Cake or Death: Church of England runs the Inquisition,’ or ‘Jesus Ministers to the Dinosaurs.’
In his show, Dress to Kill, Izzard describes himself as an “executive,” “action” and “professional” transvestite, as “a male tomboy” rather than a “weirdo” transvestite (he cites J. Edgar Hoover and Hermann Göring as examples of the latter) or drag queen. He regularly cross-dresses both on and off stage and makes it clear that cross-dressing is, for him, neither a part of his performance nor a sexual fetish — he simply enjoys wearing make-up and clothing that is traditionally perceived in the West as female-only. He remarks in his show Unrepeatable, “Women wear what they want and so do I.” According to Izzard, “Most transvestites fancy women.” (Dress to Kill, 1999) He dismisses claims that he is a male homosexual, saying he is “a straight transvestite or a male lesbian.” He has also described himself as “a lesbian trapped in a man’s body,” transgender, and “a complete boy plus half a girl.”