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Wishing Zoë a wonderful birthday! ✧・゚: *✧・゚:*

13 May 2024 12:03

It’s 13 May, and I’m sure Zoë Wanamaker fans all over the world will want to join me in wishing our very favourite actress an incredibly happy, magical birthday!

To celebrate, here’s a striking portrait of Zoë as Adriana in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s bold 1983 revival of The Comedy of Errors, which took place in what the RSC calls a ‘zany circus world’. I love the artist Amelia Hastings’ beautiful line work and flourishes. In fact, I think she’s captured not only Zoë’s likeness but also her energy and exuberance, don’t you?

(Click on/tap the picture to see a larger version.)

And there’s a lovely gesture from BBC Radio 4 Extra. The radio station is celebrating Zoë’s birthday by bringing one of her most fondly remembered radio series, The Older Woman (1993), back to the airwaves. In this witty, six-part comedy-drama, Zoë plays a tough, fortysomething teacher who catches the eye of her thirtysomething former student, who’s played by Martin Clunes. Toyah Wilcox also features.

Thanks to a scheduling quirk, the show won’t actually be on today – you can listen to episode one on Friday (17 May) instead! It’ll air at 7am, 12 noon and 6pm then 2am the following morning (all UK times) and be available on BBC Sounds. So wherever you are in the world, there’s bound to be a convenient time to catch it. The other episodes of The Older Woman will follow on subsequent Fridays.

With thanks to Zoë and Vanessa for info about the portrait

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