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The South Downs

The South Downs

Eddie Izzard was very much on home territory when he nominated the South Downs, the rolling hills that stretch for around 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne.

Although he was born in Aden, Yemen, he spent a good chunk of his childhood in Bexhill-on-Sea and at boarding schools in Eastbourne. The Downs became a much-loved back-drop to a lot of playing and running around.

“The first [boarding school] was called St. Bede’s, right at the foot of the South Downs. The Downs had steep banks with loads of bomb craters because the British planes coming back from missions would jettison their bombs on the Downs because they couldn’t land with a bomb load, something like that. I don’t know. We used to play in the craters.

"…I have a big love of the South Downs now. They’re kind of bonkers. On the north side they don’t have any cliffs, they just slope off like a big-steep-forward-roll-possible-all-the-way-down type of hill,” he says in the biography on his website at www.eddieizzard.com

Image of South Downs © Derick Bostridge

The South Downs

Eddie Izzard

Comedian, actor

Eddie Izzard cut his comic teeth on the streets of London’s Covent Garden before making a name for himself on the UK and international comedy circuits. Well known for his love of women’s clothes and his surreal humour, he’s won British Comedy Awards and Emmy Awards and been listed in Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Standups of All Time. He’s also carved out a successful acting career on the big screen and on stage, with roles as diverse as Gustav von Wangenheim in the film Shadow Of The Vampire and the male lead in the stage version of A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg.

Image of Eddie Izzard © 2002 Topham/PA topfoto.co.uk