Edward John "Eddie" Izzard (born 7 February 1962) is a British stand-up comedian and dramatic actor. His comedy style is expressed in rambling, whimsical monologue and self-referential pantomime.
Izzard's works include standup sets Definite Article, Dress to Kill, the portrayal of Lenny Bruce in Lenny, and a starring role in the television series The Riches as Wayne Malloy.
Izzard is known for his transvestism.
Izzard was born in Aden, Yemen, the youngest son of British parents Dorothy Ella, a midwife and nurse, and Harold John Izzard, an accountant who was working in Aden with British Petroleum. A year after his birth, Izzard's family moved to Bangor in Northern Ireland and lived there until Eddie was five. His mother died of cancer in March 1968, when Izzard was only 6 and his brother Mark was 8. After an education at St Bede's Preparatory School and at Eastbourne College, he began to toy with stand-up at the University of Sheffield and, after being ingloriously kicked off his accountancy degree course, he took his act into the streets. Having spent a great deal of the 1980s working as a street performer in Europe and the United States, Izzard moved his act into the stand-up