During his Stripped
tour, Izzard said he realised he was an atheist. "I was warming the material up in New York
, where one night, literally on stage, I realised I didn’t believe in God at all. I just didn’t think there was anyone upstairs."
He keeps his romantic life private, saying one of the reasons is due to the wishes of his companions not wanting to become content for his show.
Izzard dated Sarah Townsend
, the director of the
documentary Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story
whom he first met while she was running a Fringe
venue at the Edinburgh Festival in 1989.
Izzard speaks French
fluently and has performed stand up in French during his shows.
He also speaks German
and used it in the 2001 film All the Queen's Men
. He supports Crystal Palace F.C.
and on Monday, 16 July 2012 he became an associate director at the club he has supported since he was seven years old. Izzard is an outspoken supporter of the Labour Party
, and in September 2011 declared his ambition to stand for the party in the future as an MP
or as Mayor of London
Izzard started to freely talk about his transvestism in venues like Edinburgh Festival as early as 1992.
In his show, Dress to Kill
, Izzard describes himself as an "executive", "action" and "professional" transvestite, as "a maletomboy
" rather than a drag queen
or a "weirdo" transvestite (he cites J. Edgar Hoover
and Hermann Göring
as examples of the latter). In the past he regularly cross-dressed
on and off stage but, since gaining success as a television and film actor, has decided to stay in "boy-mode" for the last several years. While there are those who suspect Izzard's cross-dressing was simply a comedic device, his stance is that cross-dressing is neither
part of his performance nor a sexual fetish.
He remarks in his show Unrepeatable
, "Women wear what they want and so do I". According to Izzard, "Most transvestites fancy women".
He dismisses claims that he is a male homosexual, saying he is "a straight
transvestite or a male lesbian".
He has also described himself as "a lesbian trapped in a man's body", transgender
and "a complete boy plus half girl".