Sky Atlantic's epic drama about the Romans invading ancient Britain, starring ZoŽ as vengeful Queen Antedia, returned for a second series on 7 November. Both series are available via Sky and NOW TV.

Worzel Gummidge

ZoŽ plays eccentric aristocrat Lady Bloomsbury Barton in the second episode of the BBCís new adaptation of Barbara Euphan Toddís classic childrenís stories, which aired just after Christmas. It's available via the BBC iPlayer.

Shadow and Bone

ZoŽ recently finished filming this major new fantasy series for Netflix, based on Leigh Bardugoís novels. She's been cast as Baghra, a ruthless teacher. The release date hasn't yet been announced.


ZoŽ opens Philip Sutton RAís My Shakespeare exhibition, plus a round-up of other news

8 March 2019 21:43

On 1 March, ZoŽ opened the new exhibition, My Shakespeare, by acclaimed artist and Royal Academician Philip Sutton at Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset. You can see photos from the event in the local press.

In front of specially invited guests, she spoke about her father Sam Wanamakerís friendship with Sutton, who designed a beautiful, characteristically colourful poster to celebrate the opening of Shakespeareís Globe in 1997.

The poster was to be the first of many vibrant images inspired by Shakespeare and his plays. Sutton has described Shakespeareís writings as Ďmagicalí, and the same could certainly be said for his own works of art.

ĎJoy, energy and colour, I think that's the secret,í ZoŽ remarked when discussing the power of the artistís paintings in 1997.

If youíd like to discover Philip Suttonís work for yourself, head to Bridport before 4 May and marvel at My Shakespeare.

In other news...

- Hereís a great photo of ZoŽ at Maple St. Creative, a recording studio in London, where she has recently been working.

- ZoŽ has shown her support for International Womenís Day, as well as disaster relief charity ShelterBox, on Twitter.

She has also recently used the platform to call for abortion law reform for women in Northern Ireland.

- If youíre researching Shakespeare, youíll be pleased to hear that a major digital resource, the Shakespeareís Globe Archive, has just been launched.

The archive aims to help you Ďtrack the journey of Sam Wanamakerís dream to reconstruct the Globeí, as well as gain a clearer understanding of the theatre as a performance space.

Highlights include an oral history by none other than ZoŽ herself.

- On 9 March, Shakespeareís Globe will host Burbage and Wanamaker: A Globe Celebration. The unique event will honour the achievements of Shakespearean actor Richard Burbage (who died 400 years ago) and ZoŽís father (who was born 100 years ago), as well as give participants the opportunity to experience preparing for a performance at the theatre.

- Britannia, in which ZoŽ plays the unforgettable Queen Antedia, will make its eagerly anticipated return to Sky Atlantic this autumn, according to the Radio Times. Specific broadcast dates for the ten epic new episodes have yet to be announced.

With thanks to Janet for her help.

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ZoŽís TREE AID charity appeal raises an incredible £15,000

12 February 2019 21:52

Congratulations to everyone whoís donated to the BBC Radio 4 fundraising appeal for TREE AID, which ZoŽ presented last month. Together youíve raised an incredible £15,000 so far to support the charityís work helping disadvantaged communities in Africaís drylands.

Hereís ZoŽís personal message of thanks to you all. Itís obvious how passionate she is about being a patron of TREE AID.

Anyone whoíd like to contribute to the charity and further boost the appealís total can donate through TREE AIDís website at any time.

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ZoŽ shows her support for Adfam's anti-stigma campaign

23 January 2019 11:37

Here's ZoŽ taking part in Adfam's #StigmaMakesMeFeel social media campaign. The charity's important initiative aims to tackle the stigmatisation of families affected by drug and alcohol addiction.

This is the second time in recent months that ZoŽ has shown her support for Adfam. She took part in the charity's carol concert in December.

If you'd like to follow Zoe's lead, simply print a copy of Adfam's campaign board (a PDF file), add your own message, and then tweet a photo of yourself with the board, using the hashtag #StigmaMakesMeFeel.

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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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