ZoŽ stars as Gail, part of a trio of childhood friends rocked by tragedy, in this six-part drama series, which is available to watch on Acorn TV, the ITV Hub and STV Player. You can also order the Region 2 DVD.

The Birthday Party

ZoŽ stars as seaside landlady Meg in this 5* West End revival of Pinter's darkly comic masterpiece, which runs from 9 January to 14 April at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Tickets are available from ATG.


ZoŽ stars as vengeful Queen Antedia in this epic nine-part drama series about the Roman invasion of ancient Britain, which is available on Sky Atlantic, NOW TV and Amazon Prime Video. You can also preorder the Region 2 DVD.

Inside No. 9

ZoŽ guest stars as waspish awards judge Paula in 'And the Winner Is...', an episode from this cult comedy-drama's fourth series available on the BBC iPlayer and Amazon Video. You can also order the Region 2/4 DVD.


News round-up: Inside Number 9 guest role, Don Juan in Soho press night and the joy of Much Ado

13 April 2017 00:25

ZoŽ joins Inside Number 9's star-studded cast

Excitingly, ZoŽ's fans now have not two but three brand new TV shows to look forward to over the coming months. That's because ZoŽ has been invited to play a special guest role in an episode from the fourth series of BBC2's Inside Number 9.

She's among a host of well-known faces set to appear in Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith's cult comedy-drama, which features darkly humorous stories with weird and wonderful twists. Joining ZoŽ in the next series will be Noel Clarke, Emilia Fox, Nicola Walker and many others. In the words of Inside Number 9's talented creators, 'it's a dream to work with the country's finest [actors]'.

In 2011, when the Guardian asked him to highlight the best performance he's ever seen on stage, Pemberton chose ZoŽ's portrayal of a long-suffering wife in Terry Johnson's Dead Funny (1994). 'Wanamaker could have you howling with laughter one minute and sobbing the next, because she has the kind of emotional insight that draws you in,' he explained. That quality will surely be ideal for Inside Number 9.

Filming is taking place at Pinewood Studios and on location, with the series expected to air in 2018. I'll bring you details of Zoe's episode as soon as they become available.

In the meantime, if you enjoy quirky stories with surprising endings (who doesn't?!), why not revisit ZoŽ's brilliant performance in Tales of the Unexpected (1987)?

ZoŽ and her husband at Don Juan in Soho's press night

Talking of brilliant performances, ZoŽ's husband, Gawn Grainger, is currently appearing alongside David Tennant in Patrick Marber's Don Juan in Soho. The exciting play, which focuses on 'a cruel seducer who lives only for pleasure' (as the show's official website remarks), had its opening night at Wyndham's Theatre in London's West End on 28 March. ZoŽ and her husband were pictured together enjoying the after-party, both dressed in smart, funky outfits.

Don Juan in Soho runs until 10 June; tickets are available.

New book features ZoŽ's insights into Much Ado About Nothing

ZoŽ's own stage work forms part of a new book by fellow actor Julian Curry, Shakespeare on Stage: Volume 2. Recently published by Nick Hern Books, the book includes an interview with Zoe about playing Beatrice in the National Theatre's acclaimed 2007 production of Much Ado About Nothing (there's a clip below to help refresh your memory).

In a lovely extract from the interview on the publisher's blog, ZoŽ emphasises that Beatrice is 'perfectly matched' with her old sparring partner, Benedick; they're soulmates. 'Of all the people she might have a relationship with, it could only be him [...] It's the warmth and the wit of these two people, and the fact that they are misfits who thankfully find each other, that make it such a joyous play.'

Thank you, Karoline, for bringing the book to my attention.

And just in case anyone was wondering, a write-up of the recent Olivier Awards will follow in a separate news article... :-)

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