Suzy Eddie Izzard: comedian and activist says she’s wanted her new name since she was 10



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Suzy Eddie Izzard looks forward to a new chapter.

The activist and comedian announced her new name on Tuesday’s episode of Political Party Podcast.

“I’m gonna be Suzy Eddie Izzard, that’s how I’m gonna roll,” she said. “So people can choose whatever they want. They can’t be wrong. They can’t go wrong with me.

The Emmy winner said on the podcast that she’s wanted to be called Suzy since she was 10. At the time, she says, she thought “no, that’s not going to happen.”

Once Izzard’s Hollywood career began to pick up, she said she felt like she couldn’t “redo” what her public name had already become.

“And then I thought well, if I do her/him, why don’t I add that to the name?” Because I have ‘Edward’ on my passport, it’s quite big and wooden and I don’t call myself that. So I just thought I’d add Suzy there and then Eddie, and people can choose whatever they want and no one can be wrong,” she said.

Izzard came out as transgender in the 1980s. She started using the pronouns she/her in 2019 after the Chancellor of Swansea University referred to Izzard with these pronouns during a ceremony where she was presented an honorary degree. She explained that “it was amazing” to hear herself called “she/her” and adopted the pronouns as her own afterwards.

In 2020, Izzard began publicly using female pronouns while appearing on a segment of Sky Arts’ “Portraitist of the Year.”

Izzard had a decades-long career in film and television appearing in the films “Ocean’s 11” and NBC’s “Hannibal” series, among many other titles, in addition to his stand-up comedy work. Outside of Hollywood, Izzard is a member of the British Labor Party and is a strong supporter political activist.

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