Izadora Calzado BiographyIza Calzado, a Filipina actress, TV host and model is born Maria Isadora Ussher Calzado on August 12, 1982. Her father Lito Calzado, a Filipino, is a choreographer and TV director while her mother, the late Mary Ann Ussher was of Irish-Spanish-Filipina descent. Her parents named her after the famous dancer Isadora Duncan. Iza has a brother named Dash who is a member of the Pinoy rap group Legit Misfitz. Iza finished her secondary education at Miriam College in the late 1990’s. She then pursued a course in Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas.
Before entering into show business, Iza worked as a dub artist for a Mexican telenovela. She started out as a guest star in the show Click and later on gaining recognition which led her to further guesting and roles. Her biggest breaks in Philippine showbiz would include teaming up with an Argentine actor Segundo Cernadas in a telenovela in GMA 7, Te Amo, Maging Sino Ka Man and in the teleserya, Encantadia, taking the role as Amihan a queen goddess. According to Iza the turning point in her career was when she played the role of Mary Grace in the movie Milan under Star Cinema.
Iza also starred in movies like Moments of Love, Batanes: Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan where she worked with a Taiwanese actor Ken Zhu. She also starred in the hit drama series Impostora. Iza was also praised and acclaimed in the movie The Echo, an English film based on the horror film Sigaw. Another filmed she starred was the movie One True Love which was released on November, 2008. In 2009, she again starred in the movie All About Eve and was the host of the prestigious pageant Binibining Pilipinas 2009. In the year 2010, Iza began appearing in a show Healthy Cravings on QTV-11 with Chef Jeremy Favia. In the same year Iza also appeared in Party Pilipinas and in Pilyang Kerubin and she co-hosted a show,The Sweet Life on QTV-11. In 2012 she also hosted the talks how, Showbiz Exclusive which is a segment on GMA News TV. Her last sitcom as a contract artist for GMA was on the sitcom, Andres de Saya.
At present she is under a three year exclusive contract with ABS-CBN. She hosted the second season of the show, The Biggest Loser: Pinoy Edition and replaced Sharon Cuneta. She also appeared in the show Maalaala Mo Kaya to celebrate a decade in showbiz. Iza also co-starred in the hit movie When A Man Loves A Woman with actor John Lloyd Cruz and actress Sarah Geronimo. Iza is known and considered as one of the most beautiful actresses in Philippine Cinema.