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Best-known for his cross-dressing stand-up comedy routines, Eddie Izzard was born in Yemen. After working as a street performer throughout the 1980s, he received his big break in 1993. He is the recipient of two Emmy Awards, two British Comedy Awards, a Webby and a Tony nomination. A committed activist, he received the 6th Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism. He may or may not run for Mayor of London in 2020.
I know why I'm doing all this,' I said. 'Everything I do in life is trying to get her back. I think if I do enough things ...that maybe she'll come back.' When Eddie Izzard was six, he and his brother Mark lost their mother. That day, he lost his childhood too. Despite or perhaps because of this, he has always felt he needed to take on things that some people would consider impossible. In Believe Me, Eddie takes us on a journey which begins in Yemen (before the revolution), then takes us to Northern Ireland (before The Troubles), England and Wales, then across the seas to Europe and America. In a story jam-packed with incident he tells of teddy bear shows on boarding school beds, renouncing accountancy for swordfighting on the streets of London and making those first tentative steps towards becoming an Action Transvestite, touring France in French and playing the Hollywood Bowl. Above all, this is a tale about someone who has always done everything his own way (which often didn't work at first) and, sometimes almost by accident but always with grit and determination, achieving what he set out to do.