Iza Calzado

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Iza Calzado
Born Maria Izadora Ussher Calzado
(1982-08-12) August 12, 1982 (age 32)
Quezon City, Philippines
Occupation Actress, Host, Model, Performer, Advocate, Health & Fitness Enthusiast
Years active 2001–present
Awards Gawad Urian Awards – Best Supporting Actress
2005 Sigaw – Anna

Maria Izadora Ussher Calzado (born August 12, 1982)[1] is a Filipina actress, TV host and model, who previously worked as one of GMA-7's homegrown contract artists. After ten years, Iza signed an exclusive contract with ABS-CBN. Iza also signed a non-exclusive contract with Star Cinema.[2][3][4]


Born Maria Izadora Ussher Calzado, she was named after the dancer, Isadora Duncan. Her father is the late Lito Calzado, a choreographer and a TV director and her mother was Irish-Spanish-Filipina,[citation needed] Mary Ann Ussher. Calzado 's Eldest brother, Dash Calzado, is a member of Legit Misfitz, a 90's Pinoy rap group.

She finished elementary at School of the Holy Spirit and she finished high school in Miriam College and then went on to take her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas.

Acting career[edit]

Before entering show business, she worked as a dubber for a Venezuelan telenovela, Mis 3 hermanas known in the Philippines as "All My Love". Calzado started out as a guest teen star in the show, Click, which led to further roles. She participated in the drama Kung Mawawala Ka as the soap's villain, Phoebe Valiente and starred in her first soap opera, Te Amo, Maging Sino Ka Man and was paired with Argentinean actor, Segundo Cernadas.

In 2005, she played the role of Amihan, the Queen of goddesses in Encantadia. In 2006, she starred in Moments of Love, wherein she played the role of Divina Buenacer and starred alongside Dingdong Dantes and Karylle.

In 2007, she starred in "Batanes: Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan" of Ignite Media Films, here, she worked with Taiwanese actor Ken Zhu and director, Adolf Alix. She also starred in Impostora.[5]

On January 18, 2008, Iza Calzado won the Model Star Award from the Korea Asia Model Award Festival.[6]

Calzado reprised her role in The Echo, the English-language remake of Filipino director Yam Laranas’ horror film Sigaw. Calzado starred in One True Love which was released on November 19, 2008.

In 2009, she starred in All About Eve. That same year, she hosted the Binibining Pilipinas 2009 Pageant.

On February 28, 2010, she began appearing in Healthy Cravings on QTV-11 with Chef Jeremy Favia. She also appeared in Party Pilipinas. Also, in 2010, Calzado made her first appearance in a two-piece bikini for her TV series, Beauty Queen, with TJ Trinidad as her leading man. She also made appearances on Pilyang Kerubin, also with TJ Trinidad. In August 2010, she also began appearing as co-host with Lucy Torres on The Sweet Life on Q. In 2011, she also began hosting Showbiz Exclusives on GMA News TV. Her last appearance as a GMA contract artist was in the sitcom, Andres de Saya.

On January 24, 2012, Iza signed a three-year exclusive contract with ABS-CBN making her a certified Kapamilya. She is set to host the second season of The Biggest Loser: Pinoy Edition replacing Sharon Cuneta. She will also make an appearances in Maalaala Mo Kaya to celebrate her 10th year in showbiz. Today, she can also be seen on the Sunday variety show, ASAP.

As an ABS-CBN contract artist, she starred in her first drama series Kahit Puso'y Masugatan, wherein she starred alongside Andi Eigenmann, Jake Cuenca and Gabby Concepcion. In 2014, she stars in the family drama Hawak Kamay with Piolo Pascual, Zaijian Jaranilla, Xyriel Manabat and Andrea Brillantes.



Year Title Role Network
2014 Hawak-Kamay Atty. Bianca Magpantay ABS-CBN
The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition: Doubles Main Host
It's Showtime Herself - Guest co-host/Hurado
2013 Muling Buksan Ang Puso young Elvira
Kris TV Herself - Guest Co-Host
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Ilog Rowena
Toda Max Ka Iza
The Buzz Herself/Guest Co-Host
2012–2013 Kahit Puso'y Masugatan Andrea San Jose-de Guzman
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Komiks Rosalyn
Kris TV Herself - Guest Host
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Cross-stitch Liza
2012-present ASAP Performer/Co-Host
2011–2012 Showbiz Exclusives Herself - Host GMA News TV
2011 Eat Bulaga Herself - Host GMA Network
Andres de Saya Matilde Golpe de Oro
I Heart You, Pare! Tonette/Tonya
2010–2012 Party Pilipinas Herself - Host
2010 Beauty Queen Maita San Miguel
The Sweet Life Herself - Host QTV
Pilyang Kerubin Sandra Esteban GMA Network
Claudine Presents: Sapi Teresa
Healthy Cravings Herself - Host QTV
Panday Kids Maria Makiling GMA Network
2009 StarStruck V Council
Sine Novela: Kaya Kong Abutin Ang Langit Clarisse Gardamonte / Clarrisa Rosales
SRO Cinemaserye: Rowena Joy Rowena Joy/RJ
All About Eve Nicole Gonzales / Jin Sun-mi
Dear Friend Debbie
2008–2009 LaLola Sera Romina (Special Guest Role)
2008 Obra Various Roles
ESP Cassandra
Joaquin Bordado Sofia Apacible / Carol Aguila
2007 Impostora Lara / Sara Carreon
Maynila: Cupid's Way Alena
Magpakailanman: The Rosa Rosal Story Young Rosa
Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang: Ang Prinsipeng Mahaba ang Ilong Prinsesa Isabella
Magpakailanman: Paano Ba Maging Ina? (The Babymaker Story) Rebecca
2006 Atlantika Amaya / Cielo
Sandwichlandia (Fantasy Commercial Series) Tina Tinapay
Magpakailanman: Mark Tupaz of Shamrock story Mark's Girlfriend
Encantadia: Pag-Ibig Hanggang Wakas Sanggre Amihan
2005 Etheria Sanggre Amihan
Encantadia Reyna Amihan
At Your Service: Star Power Herself - Host QTV
3R (Respect, Relax, Respond) Herself - Host GMA Network
Love To Love: Sweet Exchange Trisha Rogelio
2004 Te Amo, Maging Sino Ka Man Rosela Atilado
2002 All My Love (Mis 3 Hermanas) Liza (Voice)
2001 Kung Mawawala Ka Phoebe Valiente
1992 That's Entertainment Herself


Year Title Role Film Production
Maria Leonora Teresa Faith Pardo Star Cinema
Somebody to Love Marga Castro Regal Entertainment
Maria Leonora Teresa Faith Pardo Star Cinema
Starting Over Again Patricia "Patty" De Guia
2013 Bekikang: Ang Nanay Kong Beki Cameo Appearance Viva Films
Barber's Tales Cecilia
2012 Mga Mumunting Lihim Carla Cinemalaya
2011 Ang Panday 2 Maria GMA Films
2010 HIV: Si Heidi, Si Ivy, at Si V Ivy
White House Stella/Black Lady/Ella Regal Films
Working Girls Theresa "Tere" Villanueva Viva Films
2009 Dukot (Desaparecidos) Maricel Salvacruz
Ang Panday Maria GMA Films
Yaya and Angelina: The Spoiled Brat Movie Eve
Fuchsia Elizabeth APT Entertainment
Sundo cameo
2008 The Echo Gina Vertigo Entertainment
Desperadas 2 Stephanie Regal Films
Scaregiver Marsha Viva Films
One True Love Bella GMA Films
2007 Desperadas Stephanie Regal Films
Batanes: Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan Pam GMA Films and Ignite Media
Ouija Sandra Viva Films
Mona: Singapore Escort Mona
Blackout Belen
2006 Shake, Rattle & Roll 8 Cecille Regal Films
Eternity Milagros
Moments of Love Divina Buenacer GMA Films
2005 Mulawin The Movie Reyna Amihan
Ispiritista: Itay, May Moomoo! Linda Regal Films
Pinoy Blonde Yanni Unitel[disambiguation needed]
2004 Sigaw (The Echo) Anna Regal Films
Sabel Jenny
Annie B. Trisha Viva Films
Milan Mary Grace Star Cinema

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Film Award/Critics Award/Nomination
2014 Golden Screen TV Awards Best Single Performance by an Actress (Maalaala Mo Kaya “Ilog” episode)
2013 10th Golden Screen Awards Dekada Awardee
2012 25th Aliw Awards Best Female Emcee/Host for 2012
2012 26th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Single Performance by an Actress Nominee (Maalaala Mo Kaya “Cross Stitch” episode)
2012 60th FAMAS Awards 2012 Best Supporting Actress Nominee (Ang Panday 2)
2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival Best Supporting Actress (Mga Mumunting Lihim)
2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival Best Actress (Mga Mumunting Lihim)
2012 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank #25
2011 Metro Manila Film Festival Best New Wave Actress (HIV)
2011 Metro Manila Film Festival Female Face of the Night
2011 Metro Manila Film Festival SMDC Most Glamorous Stars (alongside Ryan Agoncillo)
2011 27th Luna Awards(FAP) Best Supporting Actress (One True Love 2008)
2011 Female Network Womanity Awards Nominee under the Entertainment Category
2010 Enpress Golden Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Drama) (Dukot)
2010 PMPC Star Awards Face of The Night
2010 PMPC Star Awards Best Actress Nominee
2010 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank #30
2009 PEP Forum Awards Highly Recommended on Actress of The Year
2009 YES! Magazine Philippines - 100 Most Beautiful Stars 2009 Beautiful at Any Age
2009 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank #36
2008 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank #40
2008 5th Golden Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress for Blackout
2008 24th PMPC for Movies Movie Supporting Actress of the Year for Ouija Nominee
2008 Asian Model Festival Model Star Award Winner
2007 FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank #55
2006 FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank #40
2006 Nickelodeon’s 2006 Kids’ Choice Awards Pinoy Wannabe Awardee Nomination
2006 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress Nominee
2005 2nd USTv Thomasian Students' Choice Awards Students' Choice for Best Actress
2005 Golden Screen Awards Breakthrough Performance by an Actress for Milan
2004 28th Gawad Urian Pinakamahusay na Pangalawang Aktres (Best Supporting Actress)
2004 Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation Awards Most Promising Female Actress
2004 FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank #65
2004 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Nomination for the movie Sigaw
2004 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Nomination for the movie Sabel


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