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Eddie Izzard announces new alternate name

Comedian and aspiring politician Eddie Izzard has announced a new name she says she has wanted to use since childhood – Suzy. 

The 61-year-old spoke about being trans in 1985, something she has described as being a “superhero thing”.

She has also described herself as gender-fluid.

In 2020, she publicly announced she would be using the pronouns she and her.

At the time, she said she wanted “to be based in girl mode from now on”.

Izzard revealed her new name at a recording of The Political Party podcast with host Matt Forde on Monday night.

“I prefer to see she/her, I don’t mind he/him … I’m Eddie,” Politico quoted her as saying.

“There’s another name I’m going to add in as well, which is Suzy, which I wanted to be since I was 10. I’m going to be Suzy Eddie Izzard.”

She said she would be using the name Suzy in addition to Eddie, rather than instead of.

“That’s how I’m going to roll, so people can choose what they want. They can’t make a mistake, they can’t go wrong,” she said.

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She also vowed to “keep going until I get in” as a Labour MP, after an unsuccessful bid at selection in Sheffield Central last year.

Asked if she would be happy to give up comedy for the backbenches, she quipped: “Do I have to be backbench?”

She said she “won’t do dates” when quizzed on her timeline for joining the Labour frontbench and wouldn’t be drawn on her ambitions to be prime minister.

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