Eddie Izzard to come to Harrogate for festival

Eddie Izzard.
Eddie Izzard.
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The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival has a global reputation for being the biggest celebration of the crime genre.

As such, it attracts some of the biggest celebrities to its base at the Old Swan Hotel each July - as well as top authors.

This year, it’s been announced that Eddie Izzard is joining the line-up.

Izzard will be on stage with author, Mark Billingham.

Mark Billingham and Eddie Izzard first met more than 25 years ago as struggling stand-up comics.

Mark later chucked in the comedy and went on to write the hugely successful series of crime novels featuring DI Tom Thorne.

Eddie, meanwhile, became the most acclaimed comedian of his generation, on top of which he is now a hugely successful actor, activist and campaigner.

In this very special guest event, they will discuss the overlap between crime and comedy and, of course , Eddie’s many TV and film appearances, most recently as serial killer Abel Gideon in the TV series Hannibal.

Izzard is not the only one having a laugh, as satirist Rory Bremner also stars, following in comedian Sarah Millican’s footsteps in 2013.

Bremner, like Millican, will be interviewing the veritable giant of the genre, Lee Child, known for his Jack Reacher series which were adapted to the big screen starring Tom Cruise.

l Festival Box Office: 01423 562303.