Eddie Izzard Biography

Comedian(1962–)
British comedian Eddie Izzard is known for performing some of his Emmy Award–winning stand-up routines in drag.

Synopsis

Born in Yemen in 1962, British comedian Eddie Izzard found inspiration in Monty Python's Flying Circus. He worked in street theatre and comedy clubs before becoming nationally known through videos of his stand-up act. In 2000 he won two Emmy Awards for Eddie Izzard: Dressed to Kill. Other shows include One Word Improv (1997), Glorious (1997), and Sexie (2003). Izzard also appeared in film and TV.

Profile

British comedian, actor, and writer, born in Aden, SW Yemen. His family moved to Northern Ireland, then South Wales, and he studied at the University of Sheffield, where he presented his first shows. He worked in street theatre and comedy clubs before devising a theatre act as a stand-up comic, and becoming nationally known through live videos of his major shows at the Ambassadors (1993) and the Albery (1995) in London. He was voted best live stand-up comic in 1993, and in 2000 he won two Emmy awards for Eddie Izzard: Dressed to Kill. Other shows include One Word Improv (1997), Glorious (1997), and Sexie (2003). He also wrote the television sitcom, The Cows (1996), and made film appearances in The Secret Agent (1996), Circus (2000), and My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006), and starred in the television drama 40 (2003) for Channel 4.

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