Eddie Izzard talks politics, privilege and beards

Eddie Izzard talks politics, privilege and beards
Judi Dench as Queen Victoria and Eddie Izzard as her son Bertie in Victoria & Abdul

In his latest role, Eddie Izzard plays opposite a dame as the son of Queen Victoria, but in real life, he holds no truck with hereditary privilege

‘Yak hair,” Eddie Izzard whispers conspiratorially out of the side of his mouth. He’s talking about the historically accurate beard he wears as Bertie, the future Edward VII, in Stephen Frears’ Victoria & Abdul.

“I would need six months to grow a luxuriant bush like that. Now Daniel Day-Lewis could say, ‘Hold everything until the beard is right’, but I’m not quite Daniel Day-Lewis. I had a month, so we stuck it on. And...

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