Eddie Izzard Confirms Plan to Run for London Mayor in 2020
The British actor and comedian, a longtime Labour Party supporter, confirms his ambitions at the party's annual conference.
LONDON – Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard is planning to turn his talents to politics after saying he will run to be mayor of London in 2020.
Izzard, a longtime supporter of the U.K.'s Labour Party, pledged to seek the office currently occupied by the Conservative Party's Boris Johnson.
Speaking at the Labour Party's annual conference Tuesday, Izzard said he would run for mayor of London in 2020, opting not to run in the next election in 2016. According to a report in the London Evening Standard newspaper, Izzard is said to be Labour leader Edward Miliband's preferred candidate.
The British capital's Standard broke the story last year that Izzard was eyeing the possibility of stepping out of entertainment and into politics with the mayoral election in mind.
Speculation in the British press suggests that Izzard is not looking to be elected in 2016 as that race already has a host of seasoned members of parliament in the running.
Member of parliament Tessa Jowell, a former culture secretary, is among those interested for 2016 but is reported to want to occupy the role for only one term, through to 2020.
Jowell told the Standard: "Eddie is a man of enormous substance, generosity and conviction. His decision to do this is a vote of confidence in Labour."
Izzard has appeared in several films, including Cars 2, Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen, Across the Universe and Velvet Goldmine. His TV credits include NBC's Mockingbird Lane, Showtime's United States of Tara and FX's The Riches, which he also produced and starred in opposite Minnie Driver. Izzard also appears in the NBC series Hannibal.
In 2010, the documentary Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story received an Emmy nomination.