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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The Birthday Party bows out, Madam Hooch returns, a portrait of ZoŽ features in an exhibition Ė and more news

24 April 2018 21:36

The five-star Birthday Party concludes its run

After an incredibly successful run at Londonís Harold Pinter Theatre, Ian Ricksonís 60th anniversary revival of The Birthday Party, starring ZoŽ, bowed out on 14 April. The production of Pinterís disturbing classic garnered numerous five-star reviews, with The Times praising Zoeís portrayal of the too-trusting landlady Meg as Ďabsolutely terrificí.

Interviewed on BBC Radio 2 last month, ZoŽ described acting in The Birthday Party as Ďone of the happiest experiences Iíve ever hadí. Her co-star Stephen Mangan recently echoed those sentiments.

If you missed The Birthday Party or would like to remind yourself of its brilliance, check out the rehearsal photos and production photos on the show's Facebook page. If you fancy some food for thought, you might also enjoy Spiked magazineís detailed discussion of the production (and Pinterís play in general), which was published towards the end of its run. ĎThe Birthday Party has surely never looked better, fresher or funnier,í it emphasises.

The recent review in The Theatre Times is similarly glowing: ĎGreatness comes hand in hand with ZoŽ Wanamakerís perfect interpretation of a childless woman in her sixties who yearns for a male son and has found her devotion to motherhood in [her] unshaven tenant with whom she even at times flirts, denoting some kind of incest. Her astounding grotesque and caricaturesque performance together with her perfect diction bring about a character that keeps the play flowingí.

Isnít it sad that the partyís now over! Hopefully it wonít be too long before ZoŽ is back treading the boards in another compelling production.

Madam Hooch returns to Hogwarts!

Seventeen years after the release of the first Harry Potter film, ZoŽís eagle-eyed games mistress is set to make a comeback. ZoŽ has voiced a Ďvirtualí Madam Hooch for Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, an official app thatís due to be released on 25 April for both Android and iOS devices. Players are invited to turn back the clock and join the ranks of Hogwarts students during the 1980s, long before the bespectacled boy wizard enrolled.

As reported by leading Harry Potter fansite The Leaky Cauldron, ZoŽ is joined by several other well-known actors from the films, such as Michael Gambon (Professor Dumbledore), Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) and Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick), helping to give new students an authentic (and magical!) Hogwarts experience.

Download the app and youíll be able to try your hand at spells, potions, duelling Ė and, of course, flying lessons!

The voice of the Olivier Awards 2018

ZoŽís voice talents have clearly been in great demand recently. For the third consecutive year, she was chosen to provide the voiceover for the Olivier Awards ceremony, introducing the categories and nominees. The spectacular show, which celebrates the best of British theatre, took place at Londonís Royal Albert Hall on 8 April. Highlights were broadcast on TV in the UK and are currently available on catch-up services the ITV Hub and STV Player. Outside the UK, you can watch the ceremony via Facebook.

ZoŽ didnít appear on stage at the Oliviers this year, but hereís a reminder of the fabulous dress she wore to the 2017 ceremony.

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New portrait of ZoŽ at the ROA Gallery

ZoŽ will be among the famous faces featured in Portraits, a major exhibition by artist Terence McKenna, at the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery in London. McKennaís portraits, which the gallery calls Ďwarm, intimate studies of characterí, will be on show from 30 April to 5 May.

ZoŽ chosen for the Leading Women campaign

ZoŽ is one of the public figures featured in the University of Londonís Leading Women campaign, which marks the 150th anniversary of women gaining access to university education. The campaign celebrates (in the universityís words) Ďexceptional women [...] leading through their inspirational educational and professional achievements'.

The chosen women are all associated with one or more of Londonís higher education institutions (in ZoŽís case, the Central School of Speech and Drama).

Supporting the Moonlight Walk

ZoŽ has leant her support to St Wilfridís Hospice in Chichester, ahead of its 10th Moonlight Walk. You can register now for the walk, which will be held on 5 May and is designed to raise money for the hospiceís crucial work.

Passionate about Passion Play

Asked to choose a play sheíd love to see revived, BroadwayWorld UK writer Aliya Al-Hassan opts for Peter Nicholsí darkly comic Passion Play. She praises the powerful 2013 West End production, which starred ZoŽ as Eleanor, a victim of infidelity, and Samantha Bond as her alter ego.

ĎThe production reunited director David Leveaux with Wanamaker for the first time since their Olivier Award-winning collaboration on his superb version of Electra [in 1997],í Al-Hassan notes. ĎWanamaker and Bond were both hypnotising and portrayed the visceral anguish of betrayal [...] It was a brilliant performance from both actors.í

I completely agree Ė Passion Play is unforgettable.

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