In a poll undertaken by RadioTimes.com, Eddie was voted in second position for the worst attempt at American accents for his performance in The Riches. British actress Michelle Ryan was voted the worst.
Eddie can play both the piano and the clarinet.
Eddie is a member of Amnesty International, an organization that is devoted to freeing people around the world who are held prisoner due only to political beliefs.
Eddie is openly transvestite, and often describes himself as an "action transvestite" or an "executive transvestite" to distinguish himself from some of the general stereotypes. As is the case with almost all transvestites, Eddie is also heterosexual.
Eddie made Entertainment Weekly's 2003 "It" List (category: Drama Queen)
In 2000, Eddie won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program for his comedy special Dress to Kill.
Eddie Izzard: I like my women like I like my coffee... in a plastic cup.
Eddie Izzard: (on how his stand-up work informs his acting) The only thing that my training should do, having done stand-up and all this weird comedy beforehand, is that if I can really struggle to get into a role, to learn, develop whatever technique I can to act a role as well as I can, then it should be somewhat different to what everyone else has done, because I've just come such a weird route.
Eddie Izzard: I mean, sometimes... a comedian becomes an actor, and they just don't deliver, because the bottom line of comedy is to be funny, and the bottom line of acting is to be truthful, and they get that mixed up sometimes, or don't even notice that that's the thing. But I have tried to be completely honorable, and get completely inside characters -- or, as much as I can. I just hope that I can bring something different to what I'm doing.
Henry Rollins: (on his popularity) Did it ever become like, "whoa, not this much?"
Eddie Izzard: No, unfortunately not... ego the size of a planet.
Eddie Izzard: My shows are kind of self-policing, in the fact that if people are not going to deal with - I'm not saying anything terribly tricky, it's just I'm, um, throwing images together in a kind of a weird way, and if people don't like it, they'll probably go away and say to other people who wouldn't like that kind of thing, "You better not go."
Eddie Izzard: (on reality tv) I think we will continue to go down to plumb the depths of human depravity in television viewing, at the same time continuing to go up and try and find the heights of serenity and of wisdom. I think we're doing them at the same time. I think things might be getting better, and worse, at the same time, because both are very watchable. One is wisdom and one is depravity, and we might be trying to go for those edges, because those are the watercooler things.