Iza Calzado

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Iza Calzado
Born Maria Izadora Ussher Calzado
(1982-08-12) August 12, 1982 (age 34)
Quezon City, Philippines
Occupation Actress, Host, Model, Dancer, and Health and Fitness Enthusiast
Years active 2001-present
Agent GMA Artist Center (2001-2011)
Star Magic (2012-present)
Awards Gawad Urian Awards – (first award) Best Supporting Actress
2005 Sigaw – Anna
Website https://www.facebook.com/izacalzado/

Maria Izadora Calzado Ussher (born August 12, 1982)[1] is a Filipina Movie and Television Actress, TV host, Dancer, and model, who previously worked as one of GMA Network'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] By 2014, she also became one of the main celebrity ambassadors of Booky, top local food app and blog of which her boyfriend, Ben Wintle, is the CEO.[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. Her mother is Maria Antonia Ussher. She has an elder brother, Dash Calzado, who is a member of Legit Misfitz, a 90's Pinoy rap group.

Calzado finished elementary at School of the Holy Spirit; she finished high school in Miriam College; 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 the 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. She continued to play the role of Amihan in its requel, Etheria: Ang Ikalimang Kaharian ng Encantadia and its sequel, Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas

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 of F4 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 and was part of the MMFF Film Ang Panday as Maria Makiling.

On February 28, 2010, she began appearing in Healthy Cravings on Q with 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 in The Sweet Life on the same network.

In February 14, 2011 she was launched as a new host in the noon time variety show Eat Bulaga. Calzado took over the role of Regine Velasquez-Alcasid in I Heart, You Pare! making it her first comedy show. 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. 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, the story of her childhood to her weight struggles as a teen was told in Maalaala Mo Kaya where she was portrayed by Empress Shuck she then hosted the second season of The Biggest Loser: Pinoy Edition replacing Sharon Cuneta. She portrayed Patty in the blockbuster hit movie, Starting Over Again along with Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga. She also starred in the family drama Hawak Kamay with Piolo Pascual, Zaijian Jaranilla, Xyriel Manabat, Yesha Camille and Andrea Brillantes.

In 2015 she was a guest on the show FPJ's Ang Probinsyano as Col. Olivia Buenaventura and she portrayed Atty. Stella Garcia in Etiquette for Mistresses with Kim Chiu, Cheena Crab, Claudine Barretto, and Kris Aquino.

On April 30, 2015 Calzado made her theater debut for Sabel:Love and Passion, as Sabel.



Year Title Role Type of Role Network
2017-present A Love to Last Grace Silverio-Noble Main role / Antagonist ABS-CBN
2015 FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Col. Olivia Buenaventura Special participation
Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal Herself Guest appearance
2014 Hawak-Kamay Atty. Bianca Magpantay-Agustin Main role
The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition: Doubles Herself Lead hostess
It's Showtime Herself Guest co-host
2013 Muling Buksan Ang Puso young Elvira special participation
Kris TV Herself Guest Co-Host
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Ilog Rowena Main Role
Toda Max Ka Iza Guest
The Buzz Herself Guest Co-Host
2012–2013 Kahit Puso'y Masugatan Andrea San Jose - de Guzman Lead role
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Komiks Rosalyn Main Role
Kris TV Herself - Guest Host
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Cross-stitch Liza Main role
2012-present ASAP Performer/Co-Host
2011–2012 Showbiz Exclusives Herself Lead hostess GMA News TV
2011 Eat Bulaga! Herself - Host Guest appearance 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 - Sandoval
The Sweet Life Herself Lead hostess Q
Pilyang Kerubin Sandra Esteban GMA Network
Claudine Presents: Sapi Teresa
Healthy Cravings Herself - Host Lead hostess Q
Carlo J. Caparas' Panday Kids Maria Makiling GMA Network
2009 StarStruck V Council
Sine Novela: Kaya Kong Abutin Ang Langit Clarisse Gardamonte / Clarissa Rosales
SRO Cinemaserye: Rowena Joy Rowena Joy/RJ
All About Eve Nicole Gonzales
Dear Friend Debbie
2008–2009 LaLola Sera Romina (Special Guest Role)
2008 Obra Various Roles
ESP Cassandra
Carlo J. Caparas' Joaquin Bordado Sofia Apacible / Carol Aguila
2007 Impostora Lara Carreon
Maynila: Cupid's Way Alena
Magpakailanman: The Rosa Rosal Story Young Rosa
Mga Kwento 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 Lead hostess QTV
3R (Respect, Relax, Respond) Herself GMA Network
Love To Love: Sweet Exchange Trisha Rogelio
2004 Te Amo, Maging Sino Ka Man Rosela Atilado Lead role
2002 All My Love Liza (Voice)
2001 Kung Mawawala Ka Phoebe Valiente Extended role / Antagonist
1992 That's Entertainment Herself


Year Title Role Film Production
2017 ILAWOD Kathy Quantum Films
2016 Die Beautiful Cameo Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum, APT Entertainment, TheIdeaFirst Company, October Train Films
My Candidate Vera Sanchez Quantum Films
Buhay Habangbuhay Sandy
Showdown in Manila
2015 Haunted Mansion Amara Lobregat Regal Entertainment
Etiquette for Mistresses Stella Garcia Star Cinema
2014 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 Entertainment
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 Entertainment
Scaregiver Marsha Viva Films
One True Love Bella GMA Films
2007 Desperadas Stephanie Regal Entertainment
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 Entertainment
Eternity Milagros
Moments of Love Divina Buenacer GMA Films
2005 Mulawin The Movie Reyna Amihan
Ispiritista: Itay, May Moomoo! Linda Regal Entertainment
Pinoy Blonde Yanni Unitel
2004 Sigaw (The Echo) Anna Regal Entertainment
Sabel Jenny
Annie B. Trisha Viva Films
Milan Mary Grace Star Cinema
1990 Kung tapos na ang kailanman TBA (Credited as Ma. Isadora Calzado) Seiko Films

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and Nomination
Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Results
2015 41st Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actress[7] Haunted Mansion Nominated
46th Guillermo Mendoza Box Office Entertainment Awards Actress Of The Year Starting Over Again (2014 film) Won
17th Gawad PASADO Awards PinakaPASADOng Katuwang na Aktress (Best Supporting Actress) Starting Over Again(2014 film) Won
31st PMPC Star Awards for Movies Supporting Actress of the Year Nominated
2014 28th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Reality Show Host
(shared with Robi Domingo and Matteo Guidicelli)
The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition: Doubles Nominated
Golden Screen TV Awards Best Single Performance by an Actress Maalaala Mo Kaya: Ilog Won
2013 27th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Single Performance by an Actress Nominated
10th Golden Screen Awards Dekada Awardee N/A Included
2012 25th Aliw Awards Best Female Emcee/Host Won
26th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Single Performance by an Actress Maalaala Mo Kaya: Cross Stitch Nominated
60th FAMAS Awards Best Supporting Actress Ang Panday 2 Nominated
Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Mga Mumunting Lihim Won
Best Actress Won
FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Women in the World N/A Included
(Rank no. 25)
2011 37th Metro Manila Film Festival Best New Wave Actress HIV: Si Heidi, si Ivy at si V Won
Female Face of the Night N/A Won
SMDC Most Glamorous Stars
(shared with Ryan Agoncillo)
27th Luna Awards Best Supporting Actress One True Love Won
Female Network Womanity Awards Top 10 Inspiring Women (Entertainment Category) N/A Nominated
2010 Enpress Golden Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Drama) Dukot Won
58th FAMAS Awards Best Actress Nominated
34th Gawad Urian Awards Nominated
4th Gawad Genio Awards Best Film Actress Nominated
24th PMPC Star Awards for TV Face of the Night N/A Won
FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Women in the World N/A Included
Rank no. 30
2009 PEP Forum Awards Highly Recommended on Actress of The Year All About Eve Won
35th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Festival Actress Ang Panday Nominated
YES! Magazine 100 Most Beautiful Stars (Beautiful at Any Age) N/A Included
FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Women in the World Included
Rank no. 36
2008 Included
Rank no. 40
5th Golden Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Blackout Won
Nickelodeon Philippined Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Actress Joaquin Bordado Nominated
24th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Supporting Actress of the Year Ouija Nominated
Asian Model Festival Model Star Award N/A Won
2007 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Women in the World Included
Rank no. 55
2006 Included
Rank no. 40
32nd Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress Shake, Rattle & Roll 8 Nominated
2005 2nd USTv Students' Choice Awards Students' Choice for Best Actress Encantadia Won
2nd Golden Screen Awards Breakthrough Performance by an Actress Milan Won
2004 28th Gawad Urian Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Promising Female Actress Won
FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Women in the World N/A Included
Rank no. 65
30th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Sigaw Nominated
Sabel Nominated


External links[edit]