Comedian and Broadway vet Eddie Izzard says he is seeking a nomination as the Labour candidate for London's 2019 mayoral election, according to the U.K.'s Mirror. The Tony nominee has campaigned for Labour candidate Ken Livingstone to be mayor and in support of the European Union and voting reform, but he has never held political office.
In an interview with Radio Times, Izzard said, "People say, 'Well, you're a bit woolly' and 'You're really not informed' and 'You're not this' and 'You're not that.' But I realize those attacks are going to happen and you have to push through to get to a better place." As for Izzard's thoughts on London's current mayor, Boris Johnson? "Boris is really all about Boris."
Izzard made his Broadway debut in the 2003 production of David Mamet's A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. He made his West End debut in The Cryptogram in 1993. Izzrd's other stage credits include Race, Oneonta, Edward II and his many solo comedy shows, including his first U.S. hit, Dress to Kill. His film and TV credits include Hannibal, Mockingbird Lane, The Riches, The Secret Agent, The Cat’s Meow, Shadow of the Vampire, Velvet Goldmine and Across the Universe.