Eddie Izzard Hamish Brown

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From running 43 marathons in 51 days with only six weeks training to learning to perform her standup shows in French and German to combining comedy, drama and political activism, Eddie Izzard’s career defies simple definition, and sometimes belief. She speaks about how she’s achieved all that she 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. She is also a popular film and stage actor, a charity fundraiser, and activist.

Starting her career in a double-act whilst at university, Eddie was a street performer before moving to standup. After a few years of performing her reputation for unique, energetic, thoughtful yet stream-of-consciousness performances grew. Building a cult following in the UK and the US, her shows became huge successes live, on TV (a medium she largely shunned when building her career) and on DVD. She broke new ground by learning and performing her shows in French and then German (she 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 she 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). She was closely involved in the training and support of the London 2012 volunteer Gamesmakers. She 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 her 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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