Girlfriends

ZoŽ stars as Gail, part of a trio of childhood friends rocked by tragedy, in ITV's six-part drama series shown in early 2018. You can watch it on Region 2 DVD, Amazon Prime Video (UK) or Acorn TV on Amazon (US).

Britannia

ZoŽ stars as vengeful Queen Antedia in Sky's epic nine-part drama series, shown in early 2018, about the Romans invading ancient Britain. You can watch it on Sky Atlantic (UK), NOW TV (UK), Region B/2 Blu-ray, Region 2 DVD or Amazon Prime Video in the UK and US.

Inside No. 9

ZoŽ guest stars as waspish acting awards judge Paula in 'And the Winner Is...', an episode from the BBC's cult comedy-drama's fourth series shown on 30 January 2018. You can watch it on Region B/2 Blu-ray, Region 2/4 DVDAmazon Prime Video (UK), YouTube or via iTunes or Google Play.

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Last chance to vote in the National Television Awards!

21 January 2019 07:11

I'm still thrilled about the news that Girlfriends, Kay Mellor's brilliant series starring ZoŽ, Miranda Richardson and Phyllis Logan, has been nominated in the New Drama category in the UK's National Television Awards.

You have until 12 noon (UK time) this Tuesday, 22 January, to cast your votes. Don't miss your chance to support your favourite shows and actors!

The winners of the NTAs will be revealed on the same day voting closes, during a star-studded live ceremony on ITV 1, from 7:30-10 pm.

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Just days left to donate to ZoŽís Radio 4 TREE AID appeal and vote in the NTAs

17 January 2019 07:33

BBC Radio 4 TREE AID appeal

If you missed ZoŽís fundraising appeal for humanitarian and environmental charity TREE AID last weekend, youíll be pleased to hear that BBC Radio 4 is repeating it today, 17 January, at 3:27pm (UK time). In addition, itís available on Radio 4ís website.

During the appeal, ZoŽ speaks movingly about the Ďenormous struggleí communities in the African drylands face daily and how TREE AID, which sheís supported for over 20 years, is helping people in need to earn a living from looking after trees and selling their produce.

Last year, TREE AID released a video, narrated by ZoŽ, with more details about its work.

There are just a few days left to donate to the fundraising appeal, which ends on 17 January. Below, TREE AID has helpfully summarised the various ways you can give.

If you miss the chance to donate to the appeal but would still like to support the charity, you can do so at any time by donating via TREE AIDís website.

When ZoŽ takes part in TREE AID campaigns, Iím always reminded of her reporting about Comic Reliefís work in Africa in 1992, as well as Tessaís charitable work there for SEED during the first series of the BBCís hugely popular 90s TV drama, Love Hurts. Both projects are pictured in this extract from a magazine feature.

Girlfriends' Best New Drama nomination

Talking of hugely popular TV shows, have you cast your votes in the UKís National Television Awards? As you may already know, ITVís Girlfriends, starring Zoe as struggling Gail, is nominated for the New Drama award.

Thereís not long left to support your favourites Ė voting closes on 22 January, with the NTA's winners being revealed during a spectacular ceremony on ITV later that day, from 7:30-10 pm.

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News round-up: Girlfriendsí award nomination; TREE AID appeal; Jewish Voices event; Story of Christmas photos

12 January 2019 01:57

Welcome to the first news round-up of 2019 for ZoŽ Wanamaker fans!

Girlfriends nominated for a National Television Award Ė voting now open!

Wonderful news this week: Girlfriends, starring ZoŽ, Miranda Richardson and Phyllis Logan as friends rocked by tragedy, has been nominated for Best New Drama in the UKís 2019 National Television Awards. You can vote for your favourite shows and actors until 22 January.


Created by renowned scriptwriter Kay Mellor, Girlfriends received a great deal of high-profile media coverage (including a feature on News at Ten!) when it premiered on ITV 1 just over 12 months ago. It broke new ground in TV drama by putting mature women at the heart of the story.

The fast-paced, six-part series has been chosen as one of the NTA's five Best New Drama nominees following an initial public vote. Now itís time for viewers to select their overall winner. Itís interesting to note that the other dramas in the category aired much more recently than Girlfriends, suggesting that the series has made a lasting impression on its audience.

Rollem Productions, which made Girlfriends for ITV, is clearly delighted.

The NTA winners will be revealed on 22 January during a live ceremony on ITV 1.

BBC Radio 4 charity appeal for TREE AID

On 13 January, ZoŽ will present a fundraising appeal on BBC Radio 4 for TREE AID, which helps disadvantaged communities in Africaís drylands to cultivate trees and generate an income from them. As she explains in this video, ZoŽ has been a patron of the charity for over 20 years and admires the way its work Ďempowers people to lift themselves out of povertyí.

The appeal will highlight the experience of Petra, a widowed mother from Burkina Faso, who joined a TREE AID project and now earns enough money to feed her children.

You can hear ZoŽís appeal at 7:54 am and 9:25 pm (UK time) on 13 January or catch up online. The appeal will run for 7 days after being broadcast to enable donations to be collected (click ĎShow moreí on Radio 4ís webpage about the programme to see the various ways to make a donation). Alternatively, you can donate via TREE AIDís website at any time.

Celebrating the power of words at Jewish Book Week

On 10 March, ZoŽ will take part in Jewish Voices, the grand finale of Jewish Book Week 2019 in partnership with the charity World Jewish Relief.

Described as Ďa celebration of the power of wordsí, Jewish Voices will be held at Kings Place in London, where ZoŽ gave enchanting readings of Stevie Smithís poetry in 2016. Sheíll be joined by fellow actors Henry Goodman and Janet Suzman, director Nicholas Hytner, newsreader Emily Maitlis, food critic Jay Rayner and many other well-known public figures. Theyíll read poems, letters and speeches connected to Jewish history.

Demand for tickets to this international literary festivalís event is high. The first batch sold out soon after being released to the public, but extra tickets will be available on 14 January. You can also book tickets to attend a live relay of Jewish Voices in another part of Kings Place.

The Story of Christmas Appeal photos

Photos have recently been published showing ZoŽ taking part in The Story of Christmas Appeal in London on 12 December (see pages two and four of the eventís gallery). That day was particularly busy for her Ė she went to the prestigious carol service straight after giving a reading at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Healthís own Christmas celebration.

The Story of Christmas is the property and construction industriesí annual festive charity event and is held at St Georgeís Hanover Square Church in Mayfair. The 2018 event has raised a staggering £630,000 to help both the homeless population and disadvantaged children in the London area.

Other special guests included actor Dame Eileen Atkins and journalist Ian Hislop, the charity's president.

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ZoŽ gives Ďwonderfulí readings at charity Christmas concerts

15 December 2018 04:50

Hereís ZoŽ pictured earlier this week as a special guest at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Healthís Christmas celebration in London.

She read an extract from Dickensí festive classic, A Christmas Carol, at the event, which was held at the Priory Church of the Order of St John. As you can see, the RCPCH praised Zoeís reading as Ďwonderfulí.

You may remember her touching performance as Scroogeís lost love, Belle, in the BBC's well-loved 1977 adaptation of the novella.

Last week, ZoŽ took part in another seasonal charity event in the city, the Adfam carol concert at St Brideís Church. Her chosen reading there, John Betjemanís atmospheric poem, ĎChristmasí, was also warmly received.

Other well-known guests included actor Gina McKee and presenter Sue Cook.

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News round-up: Christmas charity fundraising, World AIDS Day and Girlfriends flashback

3 December 2018 20:51

Adfam carol concert

Details have now been publically announced about one of the festive charity events I alluded to recently.

ZoŽ will be a guest reader at the Adfam carol concert on 5 December at St Brideís Church in London. The event will raise money to support the charityís work with families affected by drugs and alcohol.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite until 4 December.

ShelterBox Syria Christmas Appeal

ZoŽ invites you to join her in supporting the Syria Christmas Appeal organised by ShelterBox, a charity devoted to helping people affected by disaster and conflict.

By donating to the appeal you can help ShelterBox provide families in desperate need with shelter and vital supplies.

World AIDS Day performance of The Inheritance

Look closely and youíll spot ZoŽ and her husband, Gawn Grainger, in this photo taken to mark the moving World AIDS Day performance of The Inheritance on 1 December. They were special guests at the event.

A key aim of this special performance was to increase awareness of sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust and its campaign to reach Ďzero HIVí (i.e. the point at which HIV-related stigma is a thing of the past and there are no more HIV transmissions) by 2030.

The Inheritance, an award-winning, two-part play by Matthew Lopez, is being staged at the NoŽl Coward Theatre in Londonís West End. Inspired by EM Forsterís novel Howards End, it explores what itís like to be a young gay man in New York a generation after the peak of the AIDS crisis.

Flashback to Girlfriendsí glamorous photoshoot

Remember the glamorous Radio Times photoshoot ZoŽ and her co-stars, Miranda Richardson and Phyllis Logan, took part in to publicise their ITV drama Girlfriends? Hard to believe that was about a year ago now Ė time flies!

This behind-the-scenes picture (previously unseen, I believe) was taken that day by Girlfriendsí publicist, Kat Blair.

Hereís a reminder of the magazine feature.

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