Eddie Izzard has announced that she will also go by Suzy, a name she’s wanted to use since childhood.
The gender-fluid comedian, who came out as transgender in the 1980s, started using “she/her” pronouns in 2019 after the chancellor for Swansea University referred to her as such during a ceremony, where she was presented with an honorary degree.
Izzard said that “it felt amazing” to hear someone identify her with “she/her” pronouns and adopted them soon after.
In 2020, the gender-fluid comedian appeared on The Portrait Artist of the Year and, for the first time, publicly requested to be referred to with “she/her” pronouns, for which she received praise.
At the time, she said: “Well, I try to do things that I think are interesting, and this is the first programme I’ve asked if I can be she and her. The transition period.
“It feels great, because people just assume that … Well, they just know me from before. I’m gender-fluid. I just want to be based in girl mode from now on. One life, live it well.”
During a recent recording of The Political Party podcast with host Matt Forde (6 March), Izzard shared further details on her gender identity journey.
After revealing that she also doesn’t mind being referred to with “he/him” pronouns, she revealed: “I’m Eddie. There’s another name I’m going to add in as well, which is Suzy, which I wanted to be since I was 10.
“That’s how I’m going to roll, so people can choose what they want. They can’t make a mistake, they can’t go wrong.”
Following an unsuccessful bid to stand as Labour MP for Sheffield last year, Izzard also announced on the podcast that she’s continuing her bid to become an MP. She vowed to “keep going until I get in”.
Izzard is best-known for her stand-up comedy tours and film appearances such as Ocean’s Twelve, Ocean’s Thirteen, Shadow of the Vampire and Valkyrie.
Last year, it was announced that she will lead the cast of Joe Stephenson’s upcoming film Doctor Jekyll, based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s iconic novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Izzard will play the “reclusive” Dr. Nina Jekyll, who finds “friendship with her newly hired help, Rob, played by rising star Scott Chambers, who must work together to prevent Hyde from destroying her life.”
In a statement, she said of the film: “I am very excited to be playing the role of Nina Jekyll in this new feature film and it’s wonderful to be able to reimagine this classic story in a modern way.”
Stephenson added: “With [Eddie] being the extraordinary and versatile actress she is, playing against Scott’s natural talent to make us believe in the good in people, I can’t wait to bring this suspenseful take on the iconic classic to life.”