Iza Calzado

Maria Izadora Ussher Calzado-Wintle (born August 12, 1982)[1] 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] Last March 2017, she won the Yakushi Pearl Award for Best Performance in the Osaka Film Festival for her performance in the film Bliss.

Iza Calzado
Maria Izadora Ussher Calzado

(1982-08-12) August 12, 1982
OccupationActress, host, model, dancer
Years active1992-1993 2000–present
AgentGMA Artist Center (2001–2012)
ABS-CBN (2012–present)
Spouse(s)Ben Wintle (m. 2018)
AwardsGawad Urian Awards
Best Supporting Actress
2005 Sigaw – Anna


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 in 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]

Acting career

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 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.[6]

On January 18, 2008, Iza Calzado won the Model Star Award from the Korea Asia Model Award Festival.[7]

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 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 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.

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



Year Title Role Network Notes Source
1992-1993 That's Entertainment Herself - Co-host / Performer GMA Network She appeared on the series for the Monday episodes
2001 Kung Mawawala Ka Phoebe Valiente
2002 All My Love Liza Voice version
2004 Te Amo, Maging Sino Ka Man Rosela Atilado [8]
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 [9]
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 [10][11][12]
2015 Ang Probinsyano Col. Olivia Buenaventura [13]
2017 A Love to Last Grace Silverio-Noble [14]
2018-19 Ngayon at Kailanman Rebecca Marquez


YearTitleRoleFilm Production
2019CulioniOptions Ventures Corp.
Pandanggo sa HukayElenaGrand Larain Productions
MystifiedAdelaiflix, Sanggre Production
2018DistanceLizaThe IdeaFirst Company
2017Seven SundaysJuliana SmithStar Cinema
BlissJane CiegoArtikulo Uno Productions
TBA Studios
IlawodKathyQuantum Films
2016Die BeautifulCameoThe IdeaFirst Company, Octobertrain Films
My CandidateVera SanchezQuantum Films
Buhay HabangbuhaySandyOle Entertainment
Showdown in ManilaSabioHollywood Storm
2015Haunted MansionAmara LobregatRegal Entertainment
Etiquette for MistressesStella GarciaStar Cinema
2014Somebody To LoveMarga CastroRegal Entertainment
Maria Leonora TeresaFaith PardoStar Cinema
Starting Over AgainPatricia "Patty" De Guia
2013Bekikang: Ang Nanay Kong BekiCameo AppearanceViva Films
Barber's TalesCecilia
2012Mga Mumunting LihimCarlaCinemalaya
2011Ang Panday 2MariaGMA Films
2010HIV: Si Heidi, Si Ivy, at Si VIvy
White HouseStella/Black Lady/EllaRegal Entertainment
Working GirlsTheresa "Tere" VillanuevaViva Films
2009Dukot (Desaparecidos)Maricel Salvacruz
Ang PandayMariaGMA Films
Yaya and Angelina: The Spoiled Brat MovieEve
FuchsiaElizabethAPT Entertainment
2008The EchoGinaVertigo Entertainment
Desperadas 2StephanieRegal Entertainment
ScaregiverMarshaViva Films
One True LoveBellaGMA Films
2007DesperadasStephanieRegal Entertainment
Batanes: Sa Dulo Ng Walang HangganPamGMA Films and Ignite Media
OuijaSandraViva Films
Mona: Singapore EscortMona
2006Shake, Rattle & Roll 8CecilleRegal Entertainment
Moments of LoveDivina BuenacerGMA Films
2005Mulawin The MovieReyna Amihan
Ispiritista: Itay, May Moomoo!LindaRegal Entertainment
Pinoy BlondeYanniUnitel Pictures
2004Sigaw (The Echo)AnnaRegal Entertainment
Annie B.TrishaViva Films
MilanMary GraceStar Cinema
1990Kung tapos na ang kailanmanTBA (Credited as Ma. Isadora Calzado)Seiko Films

Awards and nominations

Awards and Nomination
YearAward Giving BodyCategoryNominated WorkResults
201712th Osaka Asian Film FestivalYakushi Pearl Award for Best Performer[15]BlissWon
201541st Metro Manila Film FestivalBest Supporting Actress[16]Haunted MansionNominated
63rd FAMAS AwardsBest Supporting ActressStarting Over AgainNominated
46th Guillermo Mendoza Box Office Entertainment AwardsFilm Actress Of The YearWon
17th Gawad PASADO AwardsPinakaPASADOng Katuwang na AktresWon
31st PMPC Star Awards for MoviesMovie Supporting Actress of the YearNominated
201428th PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Reality Show Host
(shared with Robi Domingo and Matteo Guidicelli)
The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition: DoublesNominated
Golden Screen TV AwardsBest Single Performance by an ActressMaalaala Mo Kaya: IlogWon
201327th PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Single Performance by an ActressNominated
10th Golden Screen AwardsDekada AwardeeN/AIncluded
201225th Aliw AwardsBest Female Emcee/HostWon
26th PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Single Performance by an ActressMaalaala Mo Kaya: Cross StitchNominated
60th FAMAS AwardsBest Supporting ActressAng Panday 2Nominated
Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film FestivalBest Supporting ActressMga Mumunting LihimWon
Best ActressWon
FHM Philippines100 Sexiest Women in the WorldN/AIncluded
(Rank no. 25)
201137th Metro Manila Film FestivalBest New Wave ActressHIV: Si Heidi, si Ivy at si VWon
Female Face of the NightN/AWon
SMDC Most Glamorous Stars
(shared with Ryan Agoncillo)
27th Luna AwardsBest Supporting ActressOne True LoveWon
Female Network Womanity AwardsTop 10 Inspiring Women (Entertainment Category)N/ANominated
2010Enpress Golden Screen AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Drama)DukotWon
58th FAMAS AwardsBest ActressNominated
34th Gawad Urian AwardsNominated
4th Gawad Genio AwardsBest Film ActressNominated
24th PMPC Star Awards for TVFace of the NightN/AWon
FHM Philippines100 Sexiest Women in the WorldN/AIncluded
Rank no. 30
2009PEP Forum AwardsHighly Recommended on Actress of The YearAll About EveWon
35th Metro Manila Film FestivalBest Festival ActressAng PandayNominated
YES! Magazine100 Most Beautiful Stars (Beautiful at Any Age)N/AIncluded
FHM Philippines100 Sexiest Women in the WorldIncluded
Rank no. 36
Rank no. 40
5th Golden Screen AwardsBest Supporting ActressBlackoutWon
Nickelodeon Philippined Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite ActressJoaquin BordadoNominated
24th PMPC Star Awards for MoviesSupporting Actress of the YearOuijaNominated
Asian Model FestivalModel Star AwardN/AWon
2007FHM Philippines100 Sexiest Women in the WorldIncluded
Rank no. 55
Rank no. 40
32nd Metro Manila Film FestivalBest ActressShake, Rattle & Roll 8Nominated
20052nd USTv Students' Choice AwardsStudents' Choice for Best ActressEncantadiaWon
2nd Golden Screen AwardsBreakthrough Performance by an ActressMilanWon
200428th Gawad Urian AwardsBest Supporting ActressWon
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment AwardsMost Promising Female StarWon
FHM Philippines100 Sexiest Women in the WorldN/AIncluded
Rank no. 65
30th Metro Manila Film FestivalBest Supporting ActressSigawNominated


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  2. Iza Calzado now a certified Kapamilya retrieved via abs-cbnnews.com 01-24-2012
  3. Iza Calzado signs three-year contract with ABS-CBN retrieved via push.com.ph 01-24-2012
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  6. GMA NEWS.TV, Iza Calzado is Ken Zhu's leading lady in 'Batanes'
  7. GMA NEWS.TV, Iza Calzado bags Asian model award in Korea
  8. http://entertainment.inquirer.net/28479/why-iza-turned-kapamilya
  9. Love tests bond of sisterhood in Kahit Puso'y Masugatan retrieved via www.abs-cbn.com 07-09-2012
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