Iza Calzado

Maria Izadora Ussher "Iza" Calzado-Wintle (born August 12, 1982) is a Filipino actress, television host, dancer, and model who previously worked as one of GMA Network's homegrown contract artists. After ten years, Calzado signed an exclusive contract with ABS-CBN. Calzado 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 husband, Ben Wintle, is the CEO.[4] In March 2017, she won the Yakushi Pearl Award for Best Performance in the Osaka Film Festival for her performance in the film Bliss.

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Maria Izadora Ussher Calzado

(1982-08-12) August 12, 1982 (age 38)[1]
OccupationActress, host, model, dancer
Years active2002–present
AgentGMA Artist Center
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Ben Wintle
(m. 2018)
Parent(s)Lito Calzado
Maria Antonia Ussher
AwardsGawad Urian Awards
Best Supporting Actress
2005 Sigaw – Anna

Early and personal lifeEdit

Born Maria Izadora Ussher Calzado, she was named after the dancer, Isadora Duncan. Her father was 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 at the basic education department of Miriam College; then went on to take her undergraduate degree in fine arts at the University of Santo Tomas.

In December 2018, Calzado married partner Ben Wintle.[5]

On March 25, 2020, Calzado was hospitalized for pneumonia. On March 28, she announced that she tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), amid its pandemic in the Philippines.[6][7] On March 30, Calzado's manager Noel Ferrer announced that she already tested negative for COVID-19 and she would be discharged from the hospital.[8]

Acting careerEdit

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 Amihan, the Queen of goddesses in Encantadia. She continued to play the role in the prequel, 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.[9]

On January 18, 2008, Iza Calzado won the Model Star Award from the Korea Asia Model Award Festival.[10]

Calzado reprised her role in The Echo, the English-language remake of Philippine 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.

On February 14, 2011 she was made the new host of the noon variety show Eat Bulaga. Calzado took over for 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, Calzado signed a three-year exclusive contract with ABS-CBN. She will also make appearances in Maalaala Mo Kaya to celebrate her 10th year in show business. 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 weight struggles as a teen was told in Maalaala Mo Kaya where she was portrayed by Empress Shuck s; 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.

She played a main antagonistic role in the primetime television series, A Love to Last, alongside Bea Alonzo and Ian Veneracion.

Calzado played a main role alongside Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Meryll Soriano in the 2019 film Culion, which was shown in the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival.[11]

She portray the role of Rebecca Marquez-Young in Ngayon at Kailanman in 2018 where she was reunited with Julia Barretto after A Love to Last.

In 2020, she portrayed an antihero role in Ang sa Iyo ay Akin, opposite Jodi Sta. Maria alongside Sam Milby and Maricel Soriano.



Year Title Role Network Notes Ref
1992–1993 That's Entertainment Herself - Co-host / Performer GMA Network She appeared on the series for the Monday episodes
2002 Kung Mawawala Ka Phoebe Valiente
2002 All My Love Liza Voice version
2004 Te Amo, Maging Sino Ka Man Rosela Atilado [12]
2005 Love to Love Trisha Rogelio Episode: "Sweet Exchange"
2005 3R (Respect, Relax, Respond) Herself - Host
2005 At Your Service: Star Power Herself - Host
2005 Encantadia Reyna Amihan
2005–06 Etheria Sang'gre Amihan
2006 Encantadia: Pag-Ibig Hanggang Wakas Sang're Amihan
2006 Magpakailanman Mark's girlfriend Episode: "Mark Tupaz of Shamrock Story"
2006 Sandwichlandia Tina Tinapay Fantasy Commercial series
2006–07 Atlantika Amaya / Cielo
2007 Magpakailanman Rebecca Episode: "Paano Ba Maging Ina?" - The Babymaker Story
2007 Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang Prinsesa Isabella Episode: "Ang Prinsipeng Mahaba ang Ilong"
2007 Magpakailanman Young Rosa Episode: "The Rosa Rosal Story"
2007 Impostora Lara Carreon / Sara Carreon
2008 Joaquin Bordado Sofia Apacible / Carlo Aguila
2008 E.S.P. Cassandra
2008 Obra Various roles She was the fourth star
2008–09 LaLola Sera Romina
2009 Dear Friend Debbie
2009 All About Eve Nicole Gonzales
2009 SRO Cinemaserye Rowena Joy/RJ Episode: "Rowena Joy"
2009 Sine Novela: Kaya Kong Abutin ang Langit Clarisse Gardamonte/Rosales
2009–10 StarStruck V Herself - Council
2010 Panday Kids Maria Makiling
2010 Healthy Cravings Herself - Host
2010 Claudine Teresa Episode: "Sapi"
2010 Pilyang Kerubin Sandra Esteban
2010 The Sweet Life Herself - Host
2010–11 Beauty Queen Maita San Miguel-Sandoval
2010–12 Party Pilipinas Herself - Host
2011 I Heart You, Pare! Tonette / Tonya
2011 Andres de Saya Matilde Golpe de Oro
2011 Eat Bulaga! Herself - Guest / Co-host
2011–12 Showbiz Exclusives Herself - Host
2012–present ASAP Herself - Co-host / Performer ABS-CBN
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya Liza Episode: "Cross-stitch"
2012 Kris TV Herself - Guest / Co-host
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya Rosalyn Episode: "Komiks"
2012–13 Kahit Puso'y Masugatan Andrea San Jose-de Guzman [13]
2013 The Buzz Herself - Guest / Co-host
2013 Toda Max Ka Iza Special guest
2013 Maalaala Mo Kaya Rowena Episode: "Ilog"
2013 Kris TV Herself - Guest / Co-host
2013 Muling Buksan ang Puso Young Elvira Santelices Special participation cast
2014 The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition: Doubles Herself - Host
2014 Hawak Kamay Atty. Bianca Magpantay-Agustin [14][15][16]
2015 FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Col. Olivia Buenaventura [17]
2017 A Love to Last Grace Silverio-Noble Main Anti-Hero [18]
2018–19 Ngayon at Kailanman Rebecca Marquez-Young
2020–21 Ang sa Iyo ay Akin Ellice Ceñidoza-Villarosa Kapamilya Channel / A2Z Main role / Protagonist-Antagonist
2021 Maalaala Mo Kaya Caridad Episode: "Medalya"

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network Source
2020 Loving Emily Emily iWantTFC
2020 The Battle of Brody and Brandy Barbara Antonia "Brandy" Zulueta WeTV


Year Title Role Film Production
2019 Culion Ana iOptions Ventures Corp.
Pandanggo sa Hukay Elena Grand Larain Productions
Mystified Adela iflix, Sanggre Production
2018 Distance Liza The IdeaFirst Company
2017 Seven Sundays Juliana Smith Star Cinema
Bliss Jane Ciego Artikulo Uno Productions
TBA Studios
Ilawod Kathy Quantum Films
2016 Die Beautiful Cameo The IdeaFirst Company, Octobertrain Films
My Candidate Vera Sanchez Quantum Films
Buhay Habangbuhay Sandy Ole Entertainment
Showdown in Manila Sabio Hollywood Storm
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 Pictures
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 nominationsEdit

Awards and Nomination
Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Results
2020 46th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress Tagpuan Nominated
2020 18th Gawad Tanglaw Awards Jury Award for Best Performance "Culion" & "Pandanggo Sa Hukay Won
2018 49th Box Office Entertainment Awards Film Actress of the Year Bliss Won
2018 34th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Actress of the Year Bliss Won
2017 12th Osaka Asian Film Festival Yakushi Pearl Award for Best Performer[19] Won
2016 32nd PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Actress of the Year Etiquette for Mistresses Nominated
2015 41st Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actress[20] Haunted Mansion Nominated
63rd FAMAS Awards Best Supporting Actress Starting Over Again Nominated
46th Guillermo Mendoza Box Office Entertainment Awards Film Actress Of The Year Won
17th Gawad PASADO Awards PinakaPASADOng Katuwang na Aktres Won
31st PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie 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
Enpress Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series Beauty Queen Nominated
Female Network Womanity Awards Top 10 Inspiring Women (Entertainment Category) N/A Nominated
2010 26th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Actress of the Year Dukot Nominated
Enpress Golden Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Drama) 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 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 Nominated
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 Sigaw Won
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Promising Female Star Milan 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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