True love Iz­zard to find

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AS THE world’s most fa­mous trans­ves­tite, co­me­dian Ed­die Iz­zard has al­ways been in touch with his fem­i­nine side. But now he reck­ons it’s time to let the boy side out again.

‘‘Peo­ple know I’m a trans­ves­tite, but I’m all boy,’’ he says. ‘‘I fancy girls. I like gad­gets and foot­ball. I just have an ex­tra gir­lie bit, which sur­faces with the heels, skirts and make-up.’’

And as with many of his fe­male coun­ter­parts, Ed­die reck­ons his bi­o­log­i­cal clock is also tick­ing. ‘‘I would love a cou­ple of kids by the time I’m 50, he says.

‘‘The trou­ble is find­ing ‘The One’. My ideal part­ner would be Jes­sica Rab­bit but, fail­ing that, a Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe-type fig­ure would be great. She’d have to have re­ally big boobs.’’

Iz­zard, 46, was once quoted as say­ing: ‘‘I def­i­nitely have breast envy. When teenage girls were say­ing ‘I wish I had breasts’, I was think­ing the same thing. My sex­u­al­ity is straight trans­ves­tite or male les­bian. It seems we are be­yond the idea that I’m gay and hid­ing it. If I had to de­scribe how I feel in my head, I’d say I’m a com­plete boy plus half a girl.’’

He has had long-term re­la­tion­ships but likes to keep them private. As soon as you talk about real life ro­mance in the me­dia, he rea­sons, you are fair game.

Iz­zard has never been short of at­ten­tion. He has an army of fe­male fans and reg­u­larly re­ceives mar­riage pro­pos­als from them.

And it seems the ladies have loved his sense of hu­mour since his school­days. He couldn’t com­pete with the con­fi­dent lads in the soc­cer team so he de­cided to crack jokes in­stead.

‘‘My teenage years were cursed with acne and greasy hair,’’ he says. ‘‘I went to a boys’ school that be­came mixed when we got to 16. But they didn’t bring in equal amounts of girls, just one for ev­ery 20 or so boys.

‘‘The sporty lads got the in­ter­est from the girls, so I thought, ‘Right, I’m not go­ing to talk to any of them. I’d rather be mys­te­ri­ous than 15th in line’.’’

So he set­tled for funny re­marks in class and, to his sur­prise, girls started fan­cy­ing him.

‘‘I got a load of good jokes in one day in my chem­istry class,’’ he re­calls. ‘‘Then I met a girl in the lunch queue who said, ‘I didn’t know you

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ex­isted two terms ago’. I couldn’t be­lieve it. I thought, ‘Well, this is work­ing’.’’

The jok­ing stopped when he landed a girl­friend.

‘‘You feel like you’re show­ing off and you be­come bor­ing again,’’ he says with a laugh.

Iz­zard has branched from live com­edy to film and television. He’s co-star­ring with fel­low Brit Min­nie Driver in the TV drama The Riches, about Ir­ish trav­ellers in the Amer­i­can Deep South. He’s also played a vil­lain who swears ter­ri­ble re­venge on Uma Thur­man in the com­edy My Su­per Ex-Girl­friend and starred op­po­site Ge­orge Clooney and Brad Pitt in Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thir­teen.

‘‘Yes, I’m good mates with Brad and Ge­orge,’’ Iz­zard says with a laugh.

Bunny man: Ed­die Iz­zard, here with his Riches co-star Min­nie Driver, says his ideal part­ner

would be Jes­sica Rab­bit.

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