Wednesday 18 October 2017

Flamboyant Izzard flies flag as he picks up medal in Dublin

With Union Jack painted nails, comedian and movie star Eddie Izzard receives The Burke Medal for Contribution to the Arts from The Hist Society of Trinity College, Dublin
With Union Jack painted nails, comedian and movie star Eddie Izzard receives The Burke Medal for Contribution to the Arts from The Hist Society of Trinity College, Dublin
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

Flamboyant comedian Eddie Izzard made a flying visit Dublin to be presented with an award by Trinity College.

The performer toned down his wardrobe for the occasion and arrived dressed in a pair of jeans and blazer.

However, he did make one strong fashion statement by showing off his fingernails painted with the Union Jack.

The British actor touched down to receive the Burke Medal for Contribution to the Arts from Trinity's Historical Society.

Izzard, who will be back for a show at the O2 in Dublin on May 26, is widely recognised for his international stand-up tours.

The 51-year-old has also starred in numerous films, including 'Shadow of the Vampire' (2000) and 'Ocean's Twelve' (2004).

Izzard flew over from Paris – where he has a huge following due to his ability to speak fluent French – for the event in Dublin yesterday.

He addressed more than 100 students of the university's long-running society after receiving his award.

The comedian revealed that he is considering running for elected office, perhaps as an MP, or even possibly running for Mayor of London in 2019.

He then threw open the floodgates to questions from the crowd with one student asking him if he had suffered discrimination when he revealed he was a transvestite.

Mr Izzard said by that stage he was already hugely successful performing to sold-out arenas – and therefore did not suffer any major discrimination.

It was a short visit for Izzard in Dublin, however, as he is scheduled to take part in this year's 'Give It Up For Comic Relief' concert in the UK tonight.

Izzard joins fellow comics John Bishop, Jason Manford and Jimmy Carr on stage at Wembley Arena in London as they help raise funds for charity.

Another famous face on the Trinity campus yesterday was multi-Grammy-award winning singer Bobby McFerrin, who received the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage from the college's Philosophical Society.

McFerrin, the singer of hit song 'Don't Worry, Be Happy', spoke to about 120 students.

He will be at the National Concert Hall for two gigs today and tomorrow, when he will play with Irish musicians that he's never met and do lots of improvisation with members of the audience.

Irish Independent

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