Killing Eve

ZoŽ appears in the second series of this darkly comic drama about the cat-and-mouse game between an intelligence agent and notorious assassin. It came to BBC One and the iPlayer on 8 June.

Two Ladies

The world premiere of Nancy Harris' play, which stars ZoŽ as the wife of a head of state during a major crisis, is being staged at London's Bridge Theatre from 14 September to 26 October.

Britannia

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

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News round-up: ZoŽ on stage, Killing Eve UK air date, Refugee Week portrait and more

31 May 2019 02:43

Wow, it's been an incredibly busy few weeks for ZoŽ Wanamaker fans, as this huuuge news update makes clear.

ZoŽ returns to the theatre for Two Ladies

The Bridge Theatre in London has announced that ZoŽ will make her first appearance there later in the year, starring in Two Ladies. This will be the world premiere of Nancy Harrisí new play focused on the wives of heads of state. It has the intriguing tagline ĎKeep your enemies close, and your wives closer.í

The women of the title are the (fictional) First Ladies of France and the US. Politics gets personal when ZoŽís character, HťlŤne, comes face-to-face with Sophia (played by Zrinka Cviteöic). Hereís a brief summary from the theatre:

'As their husbands clash over an international crisis, the first ladies of France and America find themselves alone together in a side room.

'Friends, or enemies? When the stakes are so high, can they trust each other?

'Can they trust their husbands?'

The news that ZoŽ is returning to the stage following the success of Pinterís The Birthday Party in 2018 has been warmly received by the press and fans alike.


Two Ladies sees ZoŽ reunited with her friend Nicholas Hytner, a director sheís worked with on a number of previous plays, most recently the acclaimed and well-remembered revival of Much Ado About Nothing, just over ten years ago.

The play is due to have a limited run of around six weeks. Previews begin on 14 September, with the opening night scheduled for the 25th. Performances continue until 26 October.

If youíre a Priority Member of the Bridge Theatre, you can buy Two Ladies tickets now. Advance Members can do so from 4 June and everyone else from 5 June.

Killing Eve series two begins 8 June

Fantastic news for UK fans! As reported by the Radio Times, the eagerly awaited second series of thriller Killing Eve begins on 8 June (BBC One, 9:15pm).

Immediately afterwards, the full series will be available to watch on the BBC iPlayer. That means we donít have long to wait to enjoy Zoeís star turn in episode four, ĎDesperate Timesí, as a senior Ė and irate Ė spy boss, Helen Jacobson.

The series has already delighted viewers in the US, Australia and New Zealand.

New portrait for Refugee Week

A brilliant new portrait of ZoŽ by talented photographer Jillian Edelstein appears in You, Me and Those Who Came Before, an exhibition created for Refugee Week 2019, the UKís largest festival celebrating the contribution refugees make to society.

The photo is one of a series featuring prominent first and second-generation refugees. It appears on some of the Refugee Week leaflets, posters and postcards designed to help you promote the festival, which runs from 17-23 June, and any related events in your community.

In its preview of You, Me and Those Who Came Before, the Guardian noted that ĎZoŽ Wanamaker was three when her family came to Britain to escape McCarthyism in the US. Her father, Sam Wanamaker, went on to found Shakespeareís Globe theatre, while ZoŽ became an award-winning actorí.

The exhibition previewed at Londonís Tate Exchange towards the end of May, and there are two more chances to see it in the Capital. From 17-23 June (i.e. during Refugee Week), it can be seen in the V&A Museumís main entrance, as well as at the Southbank Centre (where the portraits will be projected onto the side of the building).

On a related note, Shakespeare's Globe and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will host a series of special performances for Refugee Week.

Talk at the prestigious Oxford Union

Oxford University students were treated to a Q&A with ZoŽ on 29 May, when she made a welcome return to Oxford Union, the prestigious debating society.

The Union shared extracts from the conversation and photos via Twitter.

Bees for Development charity auction

ZoŽ is among dozens of public figures whoíve created bee-inspired, postcard-sized artworks for the Bees for Development charity auction. The artworks are being auctioned anonymously Ė can you guess which one is Zoeís?

Bees for Development helps impoverished families in countries such as Ethiopia and Ghana to earn a living through sustainable bee-keeping while benefitting the environment.

You have until 7:30 pm (UK time) on 12 June to place your bids. Good luck!

ZoŽ voices Prostate Cancer UK advert

Speaking poignant lines from Hamlet about the nobility of man, ZoŽ provides the voiceover for the charity Prostate Cancer UKís powerful advert.

Featuring footage of prostate cancer patients and the families of those affected, the advert premiered on 14 May and is accompanied by the social media hashtag #MenWeAreWithYou.

ĎOur main aim with this campaign is to inspire people to join with us and be a part of solving the problem Ė stopping a man dying every 45 minutes from prostate cancer,í the charity emphasises. ĎAnd not just because the disease is so devastating, but because what it can take from us Ė the value of men and their lives Ė is so great.í

Zoeís beautiful voiceover will help to ensure that the ad is one people wonít forget.

Celebrating Dame Gillian Lynne

ZoŽ and her PA, Vanessa, have drawn attention to a forthcoming celebration of the late Dame Gillian Lynneís illustrious career, To Gillie, With Love, which is due to be held on 2 July in London. Lynne worked on the RSCís Once in a Lifetime (1979), for which ZoŽ won her first Olivier award.

The event will also launch the Lynne and Land Foundation, which Lynne and her husband, Peter Land, established to enable talented young performers to achieve their potential with the help of scholarships and bursaries.

To Gillie, With Love will be held at the theatre named after the dancer, choreographer and director on Drury Lane. Tickets are available now.

Pictured with artist Philip Sutton

And finally, here's a lovely, playful photo of Zoe and her friend Philip Sutton RA. It was taken when she opened the popular artistís My Shakespeare exhibition at Dorsetís Bridport Arts Centre in March but not published online till just recently.

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Birthday wishes for ZoŽ!

13 May 2019 00:13

Sending all good wishes to the one and only ZoŽ Wanamaker Ė sheís every bit as talented, kind, witty and compassionate as you could wish an actress you admire to be.

Happy birthday, ZoŽ, and many happy returns!

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News round-up: Rosmersholmís red carpet, Killing Eve praise and Cambridge Union update

2 May 2019 21:09

On Rosmersholmís red carpet

Hereís ZoŽ and her husband, Gawn Grainger, on the red carpet today at Rosmersholmís opening night in Londonís West End. Ibsenís masterpiece, newly adapted by Duncan Macmillan, is being staged at the Duke of Yorkís Theatre and stars Tom Burke, Hayley Atwell and Giles Terera.

Rosmersholmís director is Ian Rickson, who you may remember worked with ZoŽ on the hugely successful 2018 West End revival of Pinterís The Birthday Party.

More praise for ZoŽ in Killing Eve

Entertainment website Culturess has responded enthusiastically to the introduction of quirky Helen Jacobson, Ďplayed by the always amazing Zoe Wanamakerí, in Killing Eve episode four, ĎDesperate Timesí.

The article highlights the female-centric dramaís refreshing gender dynamics, remarking that ĎHelen has a male receptionist... and anger problemsí, the latter being a trait often associated with male bosses on screen.

British newspaper The Telegraph is also keeping an eye on the BBC America show, remarking that ĎDesperate Timesí was Ďenlivened by a cameo from ZoŽ Wanamakerí.

Zoe has made a big impression on Decider, a TV and film resource: it calls her performance 'fantastic [and] immediately three-dimensionalí.

Update on ZoŽís Cambridge talk

Zoeís talk at the prestigious Cambridge Union, originally scheduled for 1 May, has been postponed.

Iíll let you know when I hear more.

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Praise for ZoŽís Ďdelightfully furiousí performance in Killing Eveís latest episode

30 April 2019 21:31

ĎDesperate Timesí, the fourth episode in the second series of BBC Americaís darkly comic thriller Killing Eve, premiered in the US on 28 April. ZoŽís performance as a quirky Ė and irate Ė senior British intelligence official, Helen Jacobson, has made a big impression on TV reviewers and viewers alike.

Press coverage of ĎDesperate Timesí is full of praise for Zoe and the programme as a whole (if you havenít watched it yet, please note that the articles linked to below include spoilers).

A mini-Harry Potter cast reunion delighted Entertainment Weekly: Ďwhen Carolyn Martens [played by Fiona Shaw] enters an office at the start of this weekís episode, the supervisor sheís meeting is played by none other than ZoŽ Wanamaker, Hogwartsí greatest flying instructor. Aunt Petunia, meet Madam Hooch!í The article goes on to highlight Helenís Ďunhinged rageí and choice language.

Zoeís screen time with Shaw also provided a Gormenghast reunion (they played the eccentric Clarice Groan and Irma Prunesquallor, respectively, in the TV epic).

TV Insider enjoyed Zoeís Ďdelightfully furiousí performance. 'In an episode of contrasts,í the article emphasised, ĎHelenís unconfined rage made for an excellent complement to Carolynís permanently unfazed demeanor.í

The encounter between Carolyn and her boss has also captured the attention of Killing Eveís loyal audience.

Zoeís appearance in 'Desperate Times' may have been brief, but it's certainly memorable.

UK fans (like me!) will be able to watch the show some time after the full second series has aired in the US. Broadcast and iPlayer boxset dates for the UK havenít yet been announced by the BBC.

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ZoŽ to speak at Oxford and Cambridge Unions in May

30 April 2019 00:24

ZoŽís Oxbridge fans will be delighted to hear that sheís been invited to speak at both the Cambridge Union and Oxford Union, the prestigious university debating societies, in May.

Her talk in Cambridge is scheduled for Wednesday 1 May at 7 pm. A profile of ZoŽ appears in the Unionís Easter Term Card, and the event has attracted the attention of The Cambridge Student (TCS) newspaper.

TCS published a brilliant interview with ZoŽ when she last spoke at the Cambridge Union, in 2012. Discussing her hopes for the future, Zoe remarked, ĎIíd still like to be working, and Iíd still like to have fun.í With so many exciting roles in recent years, from playing poet Stevie Smith on stage to a senior intelligence official in TVís transatlantic hit Killing Eve, she certainly seems to be achieving her ambition.

On Wednesday 29 May at 5 pm, itíll be the turn of Oxford Union members to hear ZoŽ discuss her life and career. Sheís no stranger to this Union either, having spoken there on a few previous occasions, most recently in 2017. Helpfully, the whole of the 2017 Q&A is available to watch via Oxford Unionís YouTube channel.

I'm sure that all fans attending the Oxbridge talks will enjoy them. Iím also sure youíll have some excellent questions ready for ZoŽ!

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