Iza Calzado

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Iza Calzado
Born Maria Izadora Ussher Calzado
(1982-08-12) August 12, 1982 (age 33)
Quezon City, Philippines
Occupation actress, host, model
Years active 2001-present
Agent GMA Artist Center (2001-2011)
ABS-CBN (2012-present)
Awards Gawad Urian Awards – Best Supporting Actress
2005 Sigaw – Anna

Maria Izadora Calzado y Ussher (born August 12, 1982)[1] is a Filipina actress, TV host and model, who previously worked as one of GMA'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. 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. 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.

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 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. 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 is set to host the second season of The Biggest Loser: Pinoy Edition replacing Sharon Cuneta and she also stars in the family drama Hawak Kamay with Piolo Pascual, Zaijian Jaranilla, Xyriel Manabat and Andrea Brillantes.

Calzado has been immortalized in sketches by National Artist "BenCab" Benedicto Cabrera, as "SABEL" (known to be Cabrera's iconic muse in his series of paintings) On April 30, 2015 Calzado made her theater debut for Sabel:Love and Passion, as Sabel.



Year Title Role Network
2016 Dolce Amore TBA ABS-CBN
2015 FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Col. Olivia Buenaventura
Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal Herself
2014 Hawak-Kamay Atty. Bianca Magpantay
The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition: Doubles Main Host
It's Showtime Herself - Guest co-host
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 Q
Pilyang Kerubin Sandra Esteban GMA Network
Claudine Presents: Sapi Teresa
Healthy Cravings Herself - Host Q
Carlo J. Caparas' 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
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 / Sara 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 - 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 (known in the Philippines as Mis 3 Hermanas) Liza (Voice)
2001 Kung Mawawala Ka Phoebe Valiente
1992 That's Entertainment Herself


Year Title Role Film Production
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

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


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