Fast Facts

  • As a child, he broke a tooth and gave it to his brother inside a homemade cufflink.
  • Began cross-dressing as a child and went public as a transvestite in his early 20s.
  • Discovered his comedic inspiration, Peter Sellers, via his father's records.
  • Won the British Comedy Award for Top Stand-up Comedian in 1993 and '96.
  • In 2006, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Sheffield, where he once studied accounting and finance management for one year.
  • Despite having no prior history of long-distance running, he ran more than 1110 miles in 51 days, raising more than £1.8 million for the charity Sport Relief in 2009; he was named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for his achievements.
  • Has been called the "Lost Python" by Monty Python star John Cleese, one of his comedy idols.
  • Is fluent in French and German.


  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Winner
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Winner
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominee
  • 2003, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee


  • Dorothy Ella Izzard — Mother
  • John Izzard — Father
  • Mark Izzard — Brother
  • Sarah Townsend — Ex-significant Other


  • Attended University of Sheffield, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

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  • Birth Name: Edward John Izzard
  • Birth Place: Aden, Yemen
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian, Producer, Writer

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