February 7, 1962 (61)
Eddie Izzard is a British comedian, actor, writer, and producer. Born in Yemen and raised in England, Izzard’s unique perspective and quick wit have won over audiences around the world. Izzard’s breakout role came in the mid-90s with his one-man show, “Dress to Kill,” which earned him critical acclaim and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. He went on to star in several films, including “The Cat’s Meow,” “Ocean’s Twelve,” and “Valkyrie.” On television, he has appeared in a number of popular shows, including “Hannibal,” “The Riches,” and “United States of Tara.”
One of the most significant milestones in Izzard’s career was his return to stand-up comedy in 2013, after a hiatus of several years. He embarked on a world tour, performing in multiple languages, including French and German. His efforts earned him the Chopard Diamond Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Sheffield in 2019.
Throughout his career, Izzard has collaborated with a number of influential people in the entertainment industry. He starred alongside Tom Cruise in “Valkyrie” and George Clooney in “Ocean’s Twelve.” He also lent his voice to several animated projects, including “The Wild,” “Cars 2,” and “The Lego Batman Movie.” Izzard has been a frequent guest on talk shows, podcasts, and radio programs, including “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “WTF with Marc Maron,” and “BBC Radio 4.”