Although the 58-year-old has referred to herself as transgender since 2016, saying at the time: “I’ve got boy genetics and girl genetics.
“We get obsessed by it in humanity… If you look at a tiger, you go ‘ooh, tiger!’, we don’t go ‘girl tiger’ or ‘boy tiger’.
“We are obsessed by the genders because we grow up in one gender or another. No other animal is obsessed by our gender – they don’t give a monkeys about our gender.”
Earlier this week, the stand-up comedy star, 58, appeared on Sky Arts series Portrait Artist of the Year in which the show’s host Stephen Mangan and contestants referred to Izzard as “she” and “her”.
Izzard’s fans, who were catching up with the show at the weekend, have posted supportive messages on social media.
The show is the first televised appearance in which Izzard has been referred to with her chosen pronouns.
Speaking about her decision, the British Comedy Guide reports Izzard as saying: ” This is the first programme I’ve asked if I can be ‘she’ and ‘her’ – this is a little transition period.”
Despite her openness about her gender identity and expression, this was the first time she has publicly changed her pronouns.
Fans were overjoyed, and took to social media to congratulate her.
“I can’t tell you what she means to me as a comic,” Shappi Khorsandi wrote.
“Rocked my comedy world when I was a teen and beyond. Changed everything, made room. I love her and this morning I’m very happy for her.”
Writer Shon Faye added: “Good for Eddie Izzard asking for the pronouns she/her to be used so publicly. As far as I can gather, she isn’t a trans woman – she’s gender fluid – but prefers the feminine pronoun. Good for her”
“I love Eddie Izzard and hope she gets everything she wants in this life,” another Twitter fan wrote.
In 2017, Izzard told The Hollywood Reporter: “I am essentially transgender. I have boy mode and girl mode. I do feel I have boy genetics and girl genetics.”
Izzard appeared on the series seven finale of Portrait Artist of the Year, which saw contestants attempt to capture her likeness.