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 attends the opening night of Alan Bennettís new play

19 July 2018 04:43

ZoŽ has been photographed at the opening night of Allelujah!, which took place on 18 July at the Bridge Theatre in London. Well-loved writer Alan Bennettís humorous, poignant new play stars Sacha Dhawan and is set on the geriatric ward of a hospital threatened with closure.

The director of Allelujah!, Nicholas Hytner, worked very successfully with Zoe during his tenure at the National Theatre. Hytner was at the helm of the acclaimed 2007 revivals of The Rose Tattoo and Much Ado About Nothing.

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News round-up: Wimbledon; BBC Radio Wales; favourite Shakespeare speech; Girlfriends in New Zealand Ė and more

18 July 2018 21:37

ZoŽ joins the crowds at Wimbledon

Zoe and her husband, Gawn Grainger, recently enjoyed world-class tennis and glorious weather at Wimbledon. They were pictured in the Royal Box on Centre Court, where Serena Williams was playing Julia Georges.

Hear ZoŽ interviewed by Aled Jones

From 1-2pm this Sunday, 22 July, thereís another chance to hear ZoŽís BBC Radio Wales interview. The hugely enjoyable programme, presented by Aled Jones, was first broadcast in June 2017.

Whether youíre in Wales or elsewhere, youíll find details of how to listen to Radio Wales on the stationís website.

ZoŽís favourite Shakespearean speech

In a recent podcast from BBC Radio 3ís The Shakespeare Sessions, ZoŽ explains why the famous ĎO for a Muse of fireí speech at the beginning of Henry V means so much to her. (The brief interview originally aired on Radio 4 several years ago but is certainly worth listening to again.)

ĎIt encompasses everything that my father [Sam Wanamaker] had envisaged [for his reconstruction of Shakespeareís Globe],í ZoŽ remarks about the speech. ĎIt paints the most wonderful picture, and it asks the audience to enter the world of play, of theatre.í

ZoŽ knows the speech particularly well, having spoken it on stage at the Globe in June 1997 to mark the theatreís official opening.

She recalls an auspicious moment in the run-up to the opening ceremony: ĎAs I rehearsed [the speech], just as I did the bow at the end, the sun just came up the top of the thatch and hit me straight in the eyes. That was, I felt, a little sign.í

You can watch ZoŽ give the powerful speech during the ceremony itself, as it was filmed for a fascinating documentary, Henry V at the Globe.

Girlfriends comes to New Zealand

You can now watch every episode of Girlfriends in New Zealand, thanks to streaming service TVNZ OnDemand. The drama was originally shown in the UK earlier this year and has also been enjoyed by US viewers.

Check out TVNZís great list of reasons to watch the series (though surely the fact it stars ZoŽ, Miranda Richardson and Phyllis Logan is reason enough!). But be warned: Girlfriends Ďwill suck you in and steal your heartí!

Love Hurts series two in the US

The streaming service that brought Girlfriends to the US, Acorn TV, is getting ready to release the second series of Love Hurts in late August. Look out for major developments in the relationship between Zoeís tough-yet-vulnerable Tessa and cheeky entrepreneur Frank (Adam Faith).

This news follows the equally welcome announcement that series one will be available to Acorn TV subscribers from the end of July.

Fingers crossed that US fans will get to see Love Hurtsí final series in September... Iíll keep you updated!

28 Tales for 28 Days crowdfunding campaign

ZoŽ is among the actors set to take part in 28 Tales for 28 Days, a series of videos for the charity Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group. The project will highlight the experiences of people indefinitely detained in the UK and call for a 28-day time limit to be imposed on immigration detention periods.

As GDWG explains, ĎActors including Jeremy Irons, Christopher Eccleston, Shobu Kapoor, Maxine Peake, Zoe Wanamaker and Niamh Cusack and writers Kamila Shamsie, Patience Agbabi, Neel Mukherjee and others will be filmed reading the tales of those who have experienced detention and those who have worked with them. All writers and actors will donate their work. Studio space is also donated.í

The charity has launched a crowdfunding campaign with the aim of raising enough money to cover filming, editing and distribution costs. If youíd like to make a donation to 28 Tales for 28 Days, you can do so until 2 August.

Thanks to Karoline for her help.

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ZoŽ at West End opening of 'wonderful' The King and I

6 July 2018 04:50

On 3 July, ZoŽ joined other special guests at The King and Iís lavish West End opening night and afterparty. Speaking to about this Ďwonderfulí musical, which is running at the London Palladium, she emphasised that itís Ďbeautifully directed [and] beautifully sungí.

The King and Iís director, Bartlett Sher, was also at the helm of one of Zoeís own theatrical successes: the 2006 Broadway revival of Clifford Odetsí powerful family drama, Awake and Sing!

A world-class show and a balmy summer evening Ė certainly worth missing the football for!

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News round-up: ZoŽ watches The Jungle; Girlfriends DVD and Love Hurts in the US; new portrait Ė and much more!

29 June 2018 04:19

World Refugee Day performance of The Jungle

Hereís ZoŽ and her husband arriving at Londonís Playhouse Theatre for the World Refugee Day performance of The Jungle on 20 June. Theyíre also pictured in Whatsonstage.comís coverage of the event, as is Pearl Mackie, Zoeís co-star from another recent theatrical hit, The Birthday Party.

As The Jungleís website explains, the audience is Ďtransported into the world of the Calais refugee and migrant camp, where a community forged from necessity shares unimaginable stories of hope against all oddsí.

The Older Woman on Radio 4 Extra

The first series of The Older Woman (1993) is being repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra (keep an eye on the schedule, as dates and times vary). It stars ZoŽ alongside Martin Clunes and Toyah Willcox (whose website includes several great clippings about the showís original broadcast).

This comedy-drama has an element of romance Ė with a distinctive twist. ZoŽ plays Miss Callaghan, who was once local journalist Roy Hitchcockís teacher and is now the object of his affections...

Muse of Fire comes to Vimeo

You can now watch Dan Poole and Giles Tereraís stunning Shakespeare documentary Muse of Fire (2013), which features insightful interviews with ZoŽ and numerous other well-known actors, via Vimeo On Demand.

Two new DVDs for the US and Canada

Thereís brilliant news for fans of ZoŽ (and British TV generally) in the US and Canada. The emotive, entertaining Girlfriends, in which Zoe stars as one of a trio of friends rocked by tragedy, is now available on Region 1 DVD, having aired on both sides of the Atlantic earlier this year. (The drama series got a UK/rest of Europe DVD release in February.)

You can also enjoy Keeping the Castle, a 2013 documentary narrated by ZoŽ that was released on DVD in mid-June. Some stores suggest the DVD is Region Free and others that itís Region 1, so please get in touch if you can confirm the format. ĎViscount Crichton, son of the sixth Earl of Erne and heir to the historic family home of Crom Castle in County Fermanagh [Ö] faces the ever-increasing challenge of keeping a castle despite growing bills,í explains the BBC in its summary of the programme.

Acorn TV set to stream Love Hurts

Look out for early 90s TV classic Love Hurts, starring ZoŽ and Adam Faith, on Acorn TV (the streaming service that showed Girlfriends in the US). Series one of the romantic drama will be available from 30 July.

To the best of my knowledge, Love Hurts hasnít been repeated in the US for over ten years. Acorn TV subscribers, you have a real treat in store!

Portrait by Terence McKenna

The portrait of ZoŽ by Terence McKenna that recently appeared in a London exhibition can now be viewed online, thanks to the artist.

Iíd say it really captures Zoeís elfin qualities. What do you think?

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ZoŽís thanks for Ďwonderful birthday wishesí

16 May 2018 01:37

ZoŽís PA, Vanessa, has passed on ZoŽís thanks via Twitter for the many lovely birthday messages she's received from fans.

Hereís a selection of those that caught my eye. Theyíre a clear indication of the positive impact ZoŽís work Ė and ZoŽ herself Ė has on people all over the world.

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Happy Birthday to Zoe Wanamaker who played Madame Hooch in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\u0026#39;s Stone!\ud83c\udf82\u26a1 . #zoewanamaker #happybirthday #madamehooch #harrypotterandthesorcersstone

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