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. 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. In March 2017, she won the Yakushi Pearl Award for Best Performance in the Osaka Film Festival for her performance in the film Bliss.
Maria Izadora Ussher Calzado
August 12, 1982
|Occupation||Actress, host, model, dancer|
|Agent||GMA Artist Center|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Parent(s)||Lito Calzado |
Maria Antonia Ussher
|Awards||Gawad 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.
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. 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.
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.
On January 18, 2008, Iza Calzado won the Model Star Award from the Korea Asia Model Award Festival.
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.
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.
|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|||
|2005||Love to Love||Trisha Rogelio||Episode: "Sweet Exchange"|
|2005||3R (Respect, Relax, Respond)||Herself - Host|
|2005||At Your Service: Star Power||Herself - Host|
|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||Obra||Various roles||She was the fourth star|
|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||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|||
|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|||
|2015||FPJ's Ang Probinsyano||Col. Olivia Buenaventura|||
|2017||A Love to Last||Grace Silverio-Noble||Main Anti-Hero|||
|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"|
|2020||The Battle of Brody and Brandy||Barbara Antonia "Brandy" Zulueta||WeTV|
|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 |
|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|
|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|
|2008||The Echo||Gina||Vertigo Entertainment|
|Desperadas 2||Stephanie||Regal Entertainment|
|One True Love||Bella||GMA Films|
|Batanes: Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan||Pam||GMA Films and Ignite Media|
|Mona: Singapore Escort||Mona|
|2006||Shake, Rattle & Roll 8||Cecille||Regal Entertainment|
|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|
|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||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||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|
|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
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
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|
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