Comedian Eddie Izzard announces she/her pronouns

The entertainer, who was sitting as a model for "Portrait Artist of the Year," says she's always been gender fluid

By Ellise Shafer
December 21, 2020 12:19AM (UTC)
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Eddie Izzard attending Riverside Studios' "Icons" exhibition (Nicky J Sims/Getty Images)

This article originally appeared on Variety.

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Comedian Eddie Izzard has announced that her pronouns are she/her.

While sitting as a model for Sky Arts' "Portrait Artist of the Year" — a yearly special that often brings in celebrities for competitors to draw — Izzard revealed that she wants to "be based in girl mode from now on."

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"I try to do things that I think are interesting, and this is the first program I've asked if I can be she and her. A little transition period," she told contestant Curtis Holder, who went on to win the show's top prize.

After Holder asked Izzard how it felt to announce her pronouns, she replied: "Well it feels great, because people just assume that they just know me from before, but I'm gender fluid. I just want to be based in girl mode from now on."

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Izzard, who has starred in the series "The Riches" and films like "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Thirteen," has long been a leader in the British LGBTQ+ community and open about her gender fluid identity.

The announcement of Izzard's pronouns earned praise on social media.

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Writer Ella Dawson tweeted: "I'm so glad I was introduced to Eddie Izzard's standup as a kid. She taught me so much about the weirdness and fluidity of gender presentation at an age when I really needed to see that. 'Dressed to Kill' is one of my favorite specials, one I quote with my family constantly."

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"It brings me a lot of comfort seeing #EddieIzzard, someone with a traditionally masculine name, use exclusively she/her pronouns," another Twitter user wrote. "Names don't have genders and pronouns don't indicate gender but as someone with a feminine name who's [sic] pronouns are they/them, this makes me feel seen."


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