Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard

Highest Rated: 96% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week -- The Touring Years (2016)

Lowest Rated: 5% The Avengers (1998)

Birthday: Feb 07, 1962

Birthplace: Aden, Yemen

A self-deprecating yet cheeky British comedian with a penchant for eyeliner and women's clothes, Eddie Izzard was hailed as the "greatest British stand-up comedian of her generation" by The London Sunday Times and "the funniest man in England" by comic legend John Cleese, a title Izzard easily lived up to. A witty, intelligent and unique performer, Izzard's stream-of-consciousness, non-sequitur style of comedy made her one of the top comedians in the business, as well as a successful film and stage actor. A self-professed "executive transvestite," Izzard's eclectic style and gender-bending wardrobe was often a trait that set her apart from the pack. Making a lasting impression on American audiences in her fifth major stand-up tour, "Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill," (1999), Izzard combined such unrelated topics as the army, makeup, and the Church of England. One of her most popular stand-up routines, "Kill" later won Izzard two Emmy Awards. A world performer, Izzard often performed her stand-up in different languages, ably speaking fluent French which impressed that country and its denizens. On the stage, Izzard has starred in performances of "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" in both London and New York, and on screen, appeared in numerous films, including "Shadow of the Vampire" (2000), "Ocean's Twelve" (2004) and "Valkyrie" (2008). With a wit and style all her own, Izzard proved to be one of the world's most interesting and versatile performers. Born Edward John Izzard on Feb. 7, 1962 in Aden, Yemen to English parents Harold Izzard, an accountant for British Petroleum, and Dorothy Izzard, a nurse, Izzard grew up in Bangor, Northern Ireland before relocating to Skewen, Wales in 1967. After her mother died of cancer when she was only six-years old, Izzard and her older brother were sent to Eastbourne, England to attend boarding school. As a child at Eastbourne College, Izzard developed an interest in acting and began auditioning for a number of school plays, but found little success. Finally cast in a small role at the age of 15, Izzard appeared as the jailer in a production of Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors." Handcuffed to the lead during part of the play, Izzard managed to upstage her fellow performer, and was later cast in a number of other plays. She went on to attend Sheffield University as an accounting and financial management major. Spending most of her time writing and performing comedy shows instead, Izzard's attention to her degree only lasted a year. Focusing on her acting, Izzard staged shows at the university and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, looking for a way to take her performance to a professional level. After "coming out" as a straight transvestite in 1985 (s65he had had a penchant for dresses since the age of four and was caught stealing makeup as a teenager), Izzard and a friend began performing comedy stunts in London's Covent Garden. Though these stunts, which involved swordplay and unicycle tricks, were not particularly well-received, Izzard began to build strong improvisational skills that would later serve her well in stand-up. Taking to the improvisational stage in 1987, Izzard made her first appearance at The Comedy Store in London, where she began to hone her stand-up routine. By the early 90's, Izzard's growing popularity allowed her to take on larger venues around London; in February of 1993, she landed her first stand-up gig at The Ambassador's Theatre in the London's West End. Finally hitting her mark, the show was extended past its original four-week run and was later taped and released on video as "Eddie Izzard: Live at the Ambassadors" (1993), winning Izzard the British Comedy Award for Top Stand-Up Comedian. The following year, Izzard released her second stand-up special, "Eddie Izzard: Unrepeatable" (1994) and made her West End dramatic debut as the lead in the premiere of David Mamet's play, "The Cryptogram." Well received on stage, Izzard went on to land starring roles in David Beaird's black comedy, "900 Oneonta" and a 1995 production of Christopher Marlowe's "Edward II." Making her feature film debut in 1996, Izzard appeared as the devious anarchist-ambassador Vladimir in "The Secret Agent" (1996), Christopher Hampton's take on the Joseph Conrad novel. One of Britain's most popular comedians by this time, Izzard continued to release videos of her stand-up performances with "Eddie Izzard: Definite Article" (1996) and, the following year, "Eddie Izzard: Glorious" (1997), in which she posed the important question, "what exactly is an evil giraffe?" Cast as can-do band manager Jerry Divine in the 1970s glam-rock drama "Velvet Goldmine" (1998), Izzard appeared alongside Ewan McGregor and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, ironically, wearing less makeup than anyone else in the film. The same year, she appeared as a gum-chewing, old lady-thumping bad guy in the film, "The Avengers" (1998). Though Izzard had toured in the U.S., her major breakthrough with American audiences came in 1999 with the release of "Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill." Broadcast as a special on HBO, the concert became immensely popular with American viewers and went on to earn Izzard two Emmy Awards in 2000 for Outstanding Individual Performance and for Writing in a Comedy Program. On film, Izzard next portrayed evil disco king Tony Pompadour in the comedy "The Mystery Men" (1999), Gustav von Wagenheim in the dark comedy, "Shadow of the Vampire" (2000) and Charlie Chaplin in "The Cat's Meow" (2001). Replacing Clive Owen in the 2001 stage production of Peter Nichols' "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" at the Comedy Theatre in London, Izzard later reprised the role on Broadway in 2003, earning her a 2003 Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actor. In her comedy career, Izzard toured with two more stand-up specials, "Eddie Izzard: Circle" (2002), and "Eddie Izzard: Sexie" in 2003, which marked the first ever arena tour by a comedian. Izzard next appeared on film in the hit ensemble caper, "Ocean's Twelve" (2004) alongside George Clooney and Brad Pitt, and in the musical comedy "Romance & Cigarettes" (2005). In 2006, Izzard lent her voice to Nigel, a sarcastic koala, in the animated comedy, "The Wild" (2006); portrayed Professor Bedlam in "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" (2006); and reprised her "Ocean's" role in "Ocean's Thirteen" (2007). Making her first television series debut, Izzard also went into production on "The Riches" (FX, 2007-08), a dramatic series about a pair of con artists (Izzard and fellow Brit Minnie Driver) who take up residence in suburbia by posing as a deceased family. Although "The Riches" was soon cancelled due to poor ratings, Izzard kept busy with voice work for "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" (2008) as the heroic mouse Reepicheep and as the conniving Dr. Schadenfreude in the animated comedic fantasy "Igor" (2008). Izzard rounded out the year with a rare dramatic turn in Bryan Singer's based-on-fact WWII thriller "Valkyrie" (2008), opposite Tom Cruise as one of several top Nazi officers who conspired to assassinate Hitler. The following year, Izzard was seen as a megalomaniacal cult leader in the miniseries remake of the apocalyptic thriller "The Day of the Triffids" (BBC, 2009) and headlined a documentary about herself, titled "Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story" (2009). She later joined Liev Schreiber and Helen Hunt for the romantic comedy "Every Day" (2010), prior to taking on the recurring role of the skeptical Dr. Hattarras in several episodes of "United States of Tara" (Showtime, 2009-2011) during its final season. The British actor-comedian also lent her immaculate enunciation to the voice role of the duplicitous Sir Miles Axlerod in the Pixar sequel "Cars 2" (2011), then played irrepressible pirate Long John Silver with gleeful abandon in the latest iteration of John Louis Stevenson's adventure classic "Treasure Island" (BSkyB, 2012).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Six Minutes to Midnight Thomas Miller (Character),
Screenwriter
- 2020
70% 71% The High Note Dan Deakins (Character) - 2020
87% 66% Get Duked! The Duke (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2019
81% 95% Abominable Burnish (Voice) $60.9M 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Farther and Sun: A Dyslexic Road Trip Unknown (Character) - 2018
20% No Score Yet The Flip Side Unknown (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flip Side Henry (Character) - 2018
65% 68% Victoria & Abdul Bertie, Prince of Wales (Character) $22.2M 2017
90% 80% The LEGO Batman Movie Voldemort (Voice) $175.7M 2017
47% 47% Rock Dog Angus Scattergood (Voice) $9.4M 2016
86% 29% Dying Laughing Self - 2016
96% 89% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week -- The Touring Years Self $2.9M 2016
42% 49% Whisky Galore! Captain Wagget (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Day Out of Days Dag (Character) - 2015
18% 31% Absolutely Anything Headmaster (Character) - 2015
67% 52% Castles In The Sky Unknown (Character) - 2014
46% 59% Boychoir Drake (Character) - 2014
56% 42% Treasure Island Unknown (Character) - 2012
60% 80% Mockingbird Lane Unknown (Character) - 2012
39% 49% Cars 2 Miles Axlerod (Voice) - 2011
No Score Yet 74% Lost Christmas Anthony (Character) - 2011
34% 24% Every Day Garrett (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 87% Monty Python Almost the Truth Obligatory Making of Special Unknown (Character) - 2009
38% 40% Rage Tiny Diamonds (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 70% Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story Unknown (Character) - 2009
66% 73% The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Reepicheep (Voice) $141.6M 2008
62% 65% Valkyrie Erich Fellgiebel (Character) $83.1M 2008
39% 38% Igor Dr. Schadenfreude (Voice) $19.5M 2008
53% 82% Across the Universe Mr. Kite (Character) $24.3M 2007
69% 75% Ocean's Thirteen Roman Nagel (Character) $117.1M 2007
19% 36% The Wild Nigel (Voice) - 2006
40% 31% My Super Ex-Girlfriend Prof. Bedlam/Barry (Character) $22.5M 2006
52% 56% Romance & Cigarettes Gene Vincent (Character) $540.1K 2005
63% 42% Five Children and It It (Voice) - 2004
54% 60% Ocean's Twelve Casino Manager (Character) $125.5M 2004
22% 49% Blueberry Prosit (Character) - 2004
60% 76% Revengers Tragedy Lussurioso (Character) - 2002
75% 51% The Cat's Meow Charlie Chaplin (Character) $3.2M 2001
7% 51% All the Queen's Men Tony (Character) $22.7K 2001
9% 47% Circus Troy (Character) $8.4K 2000
33% 44% The Criminal Peter Hume (Character) - 2000
82% 74% Shadow of the Vampire Gustav von Wangenheim (Character) $8.3M 2000
61% 57% Mystery Men Tony P. (Character) $29.8M 1999
No Score Yet 97% Eddie Izzard - Dress to Kill Unknown (Character) - 1999
5% 15% The Avengers Bailey (Character) $23.4M 1998
58% 80% Velvet Goldmine Jerry Devine (Character) $1M 1998
50% 28% Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent Vladimir (Character) $70.4K 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Open Fire Rich (Character) - 1994

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Portrait Artist of the Year Guest 2020
100% 92% Green Eggs and Ham Snerz (Voice) 2019
88% 94% The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Cadia (Voice) 2019
No Score Yet 34% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2019 2017 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Travel Man: 48 Hours in... Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today's Take Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet At Midnight With Chris Hardwick Guest 2017 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2017
No Score Yet 35% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2017
41% 61% Chelsea Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2016
92% 94% Hannibal Dr. Abel Gideon (Guest Star) 2013-2015
48% 81% Powers Wolfe (Character) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2015
No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Just for Laughs Unknown (Character) 2014
No Score Yet 37% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning: Saturday Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Q With Jian Ghomeshi Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet BrandX With Russell Brand Guest 2013
67% No Score Yet Bullet in the Face Unknown (Character) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Treasure Island Unknown (Character) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Unknown (Guest Star),
Guest
2011 2008
93% 92% The Good Wife James Thrush (Guest Star) 2011
85% 84% United States of Tara Dr. Hattarras (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2009-2010
85% 76% The Simpsons Queen Elizabeth II / Nigel Baker-Butcher / Prince Charles (Guest Voice) 2010
50% No Score Yet The Wanda Sykes Show Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kevin Pollak's Chat Show Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien Guest 2008
86% No Score Yet The Riches Wayne Malloy (Character) 2007-2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Morning Show With Mike & Juliet Guest 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2007 2003 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2007
No Score Yet 67% Top Gear Guest 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heroes of Comedy Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Whose Line Is It Anyway? Unknown (Character) 1995

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