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Eddie Izzard announces use of she/her pronouns in latest TV appearance

"It feels great" says comedy icon

2020-12-21

Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: Sky Arts

Eddie Izzard has used her latest TV appearance to announce she is now going by she/her pronouns.

The comedy legend discussed the "transition period" on the latest episode of Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year.

The star appeared on the programme, in which famous figures pose for artists, over the weekend.

"I just want to be based in girl mode from now on"

Saying she wants to "be based in girl mode from now on", Eddie continued: "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. A little transition period."

Contestant Curtis Holder then asked the 58-year-old how it felt to announce her pronouns, Eddie - who has acted in films such as Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen and Cars 2 - 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.”

Responding to the news, trans writer Shon Faye said on Twitter: "Good for Eddie Izzard asking for the pronouns she/her to be used so publicly. As far as I can gather, she isn't a trans woman - she's gender fluid - but prefers the feminine pronoun. Good for her."

RuPaul's Drag Race star Courtney Act retweeted a video of the moment, along with heart-face emojis.

Meanwhile superfan 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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