From running 43 marathons in 51 days with only six weeks training to learning to perform his standup shows in French and German to combining comedy, drama and political activism, Eddie Izzard’s career defies simple definition, and sometimes belief. He speaks about how he’s achieved all that he has and what lessons can be learned.
Eddie Izzard is one of the world’s best-known standup comedians, touring and performing internationally in various languages. He is also a popular film and stage actor, a charity fundraiser, and activist.
Starting his career in a double-act whilst at university, Eddie was a street performer before moving to standup. After a few years of performing his reputation for unique, energetic, thoughtful yet stream-of-consciousness performances grew. Building a cult following in the UK and the US, his shows became huge successes live, on TV (a medium he largely shunned when building his career) and on DVD. He broke new ground by learning and performing his shows in French and then German (he would later also perform in Spanish, Russian and Arabic).
Eddie has an impressive list of stage and screen credits ranging from plays by David Mamet and Christopher Marlow to films including Shadow of the Vampire, Ocean's Twelve (and Thirteen), Victoria & Abdul, and Valkyrie, to acclaimed television series including Hannibal, Treasure Island, and The Riches.
Away from performing Eddie is an active campaigner and fundraiser. Notably he ran 43 marathons in 51 days with virtually no experience and only six weeks training for Sports Relief and continues to be involved in similar charity challenges (including 27 marathons in 27 days inspired by Nelson Mandela’s 27 years in prison). He was closely involved in the training and support of the London 2012 volunteer Gamesmakers. He has also campaigned in support of the EU, the Labour Party and voting reform. An often outspoken advocate of humanism, equality and diversity, sustainability, and human rights, Eddie is high profile Unicef ambassador, and is also seen as a credible, thoughtful political voice.
In presentations Eddie speaks about his life and ethos and how an unerring focus to achieve your goals can overcome any mental obstacle whether at work or in life.
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