Sky's epic drama about the Romans invading ancient Britain, starring ZoŽ as vengeful Queen Antedia, returns for a second series this autumn.


Highlights of ZoŽ's wonderful work in 2017 and what's in store for 2018

1 January 2018 01:07

So much has happened in 2017, and thereís even more for ZoŽís fans to enjoy in the New Year. Letís take a look at the highlights...

Discussing her love of theatre at prestigious events

Early in 2017, ZoŽ gave fascinating talks about her life and career at two special events. The first was in January, when she was invited back for the third time to the Oxford Union, the prestigious university debating society. During a wide-ranging Q&A session, ZoŽ discussed her work on stage and screen, emphasising that Ďthe theatre is my first love. It's more rigorous, it's more exciting, than filmí.

A couple of months later, ZoŽ took part in a fundraising evening for the charity Mousetrap Theatre Projects, of which sheís a patron, at Londonís Club at The Ivy. ZoŽís chat with her friend Fernando Peire, the director of The Ivy, was engaging and relaxed. It also gave her another opportunity to talk enthusiastically about theatre, especially the fact that it helps you to discover 'the joy of expressing yourselfí.

As an added bonus, a number of Zoeís fans enjoyed meeting her after the discussion.

The voice - and dress! - of the Olivier Awards

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For the second year running, ZoŽ was chosen to provide the voiceover for the prestigious Olivier Awards ceremony, which took place at Londonís Royal Albert Hall in April. She also attended the event, wearing a show-stopping black dress.

When the Best New Play nominations were announced, ZoŽ spoke about the compelling nature of Nick Payne's Elegy, in which she starred in 2016 as a woman battling a neurological disorder. 'Elegy is set in the very near future, exploring a world where the brain is no longer a mystery to us. But Nick's play asks at what cost?' she emphasised.

Portraying pioneering director Joan Littlewood

The following month, ZoŽ gave what must surely be one of her most distinctive, memorable performances on TV when she played the ground-breaking theatre director Joan Littlewood in Babs, a Barbara Windsor biopic. Interviewed by the Telegraph, Zoe praised Littlewood: 'She had energy, a strength of passion and a social commitment which, I don't think, exists much in theatre anymore.'

ZoŽ also pointed out that her father Sam Wanamaker was a great admirer of the director's work. Shakespeare's Globe is 'a people's palace' in the spirit of the arts venue Littlewood revitalised, Theatre Royal Stratford East, she added.

Hundreds of fans meet ZoŽ at her first convention

2017 saw ZoŽ make her first ever appearance at a convention, the famous London Film & Comic Con at Olympia. Looking chic and happy, she signed hundreds of autographs and posed for hundreds of photos with fans.

A year of special anniversaries

2017 was a year of milestone anniversaries. The Globe celebrated its 20th anniversary in June, while October marked 20 years since ZoŽ performed Electra in London. She wowed British reviewers and audiences alike before repeating her success on Broadway.

'This will be remembered as the production in which ZoŽ Wanamaker staked her claim to greatness,' Charles Spencer wrote in the Telegraph, brilliantly summing up Zoe's achievements.

On a personal note, July was special as I celebrated this websiteís 15th anniversary with 15 of my favourite moments from ZoŽ's work on TV and film. Meanwhile, a lucky fan won a t-shirt and photo signed by Zoe in the 15th anniversary competition.

What's coming up in 2018...

Looking back at the last twelve monthsí worth of news articles in order to write this summary has made me realise just how much happened in 2017. And if anything, 2018 sounds like itíll be even more exciting, as ZoŽ is set to appear in all of these projects.

Six-part ITV drama Girlfriends

Weíre just days away from Girlfriendsí eagerly awaited debut on ITV1 (3 January, 9pm).

Landmark production of The Birthday Party

The 60th anniversary West End production of Harold Pinterís darkly comic classic begins on 9 January. Tickets are available now.

Skyís epic historical drama Britannia

Ancient Britain comes to life on Sky Atlantic and Now TV on 18 January.

Cult BBC comedy-drama Inside No. 9

The episode entitled 'And the Winner Is...' focuses on a disastrous TV acting awards ceremony and comes to BBC2 in early 2018.

All that remains is for me to wish each and every one of Zoeís fans around the world an enjoyable, successful New Year!

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