Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In his first US series gig since his starring role on FX’s The Riches, Eddie Izzard is joining the third season of the Showtime comedy United States of Tara in a major recurring role. United States of Tara stars Toni Collette as Tara Gregson, a wife and mother who struggles with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Izzard will play Tara’s brilliant psychology professor who starts as a DID skeptic, but becomes fascinated with Tara as a subject, leading him to explore the condition further. Collette won an Emmy for her role on the show, whose third season will begin production mid-September in Los Angeles for a 2011 premiere.

British actor and standup comedian Izzard, repped by UTA and the Collective, was recently featured in the documentary BELIEVE: The Eddie Izzard Story, which was nominated for an Emmy in the best nonfiction special category.

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