Girlfriends

Zoë 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

Zoë 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

Zoë 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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Brand new look for the website to celebrate a momentous year

2 February 2018 23:01

If you've visited this website before, you'll no doubt have noticed that things are looking a little different round here today! The website has been given a fresh new look, courtesy of my brother Robert's design skills, in celebration of a momentous period for Zoë and her fans.

In the past few weeks or so, we've had the pleasure of watching Zoë act in three unforgettable TV dramas, Girlfriends, Britannia and Inside No. 9, as well as Harold Pinter's deliciously dark masterpiece The Birthday Party.

The new design aims to give the website, in my brother's words, 'a modern and professional look with clean lines, and a bold colour palette that invokes Zoë's striking performances'.

And let's hope we'll see many more of those this year and beyond!

With thanks to Robert for all of his hard work, as well as Zoë and her PA Vanessa for their feedback on the new design.

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Zoë's episode of cult hit Inside No. 9 comes to BBC2 on 30 January

26 January 2018 02:46

'And the Winner Is...', the episode of cult comedy-drama Inside No. 9 in which Zoë guest stars, will be broadcast on 30 January (BBC2, 10pm). The show finds Zoë's character Paula (pictured above) on the judging panel for a prestigious acting awards ceremony. 'Will it be the star, the dame, the girl-next-door or the ingenue? Only one of them can win. Join the jury in their deliberations for the Television Awards,' says the BBC in its tantalisingly brief summary.

If you've watched Inside No. 9 before, you'll know that an eye-catching, cinema-style poster is designed to accompany each episode. Here's the poster for 'And the Winner Is...', designed by Andy Bottomley and shared on Twitter by Reece Shearsmith, who created, writes and stars in Inside No. 9 alongside the equally multi-talented Steve Pemberton.

The clips released so far (one on YouTube and another on the BBC's website) suggest that the episode will be a real treat - satirical, funny and sharply observed.

As TV & Satellite Week explains, Paula is 'an old-school American actress [...] who has no idea who any of the nominees are'! Noel Clarke, who plays director Gordon, the judging panel's voice of reason, told the magazine, 'I've met quite a few people like Zoë's character - she's not so over the top, those people are out there!'

While there's tension between the judges, the atmosphere between the cast members during filming was much more relaxed. 'We were definitely laughing a lot,' Clarke emphasises. 'I'm sure they could do a good half-hour of outtakes with us cracking up. It was a fun few days for everyone in the room.'

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'Zoë Wanamaker is absolutely terrific' – The Birthday Party receives fantastic reviews

21 January 2018 23:06

Following The Birthday Party’s opening night on 18 January, this 60th anniversary production of Harold Pinter's classic has received fantastic reviews, with Zoë’s performance as endearing seaside landlady Meg being praised time and again as 'superb'.

Here's what theatre critics are saying about the landmark show.

‘Ian Rickson’s superlative revival […] confirms afresh that it’s a darkly comic masterpiece’ – Dominic Cavendish, Telegraph, 5*

‘Pinter’s classic play is minted fresh in this perfectly cast production […] Zoe Wanamaker is superb as Meg’ – Paul T. Davies, BritishTheatre.com, 5*

‘[I]t is immediately clear that the performances are outstanding. Wanamaker and Wight are a completely convincing old married couple’ – Aleks Sierz, TheArtsDesk.com, 5*

‘[Y]ou couldn’t have wished for a better revival than this […] Zoë Wanamaker is absolutely terrific as Meg’ – Ann Treneman, The Times, 4*

‘It’s beautifully acted […] powerfully revived and gripping from start to finish’ – Christopher Hart, The Sunday Times, 4*

‘[A] starry, meticulous, beautifully considered revival which demonstrates the play's undiminished power to disconcert […] Zoe Wanamaker and Peter Wight are superb’ – Paul Taylor, Independent, 4*

‘[T]his is a production that does rich justice to this strange, elusive play, and it is packed with illuminating detail’ – Michael Billington, Guardian, 4*

‘Ian Rickson’s immaculate production […] Zoë Wanamaker plays the randy landlady of the dingy boarding house with delicate, unexpected wistfulness’ – Susannah Clapp, Observer, 4*

‘Wanamaker is superb, catching [Meg’s] fussy flirtatiousness and hinting at the possibility that she’s sliding into dementia’ – Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard, 4*

‘As landlady Meg, there’s poignancy in Wanamaker’s repetitive prattle about cornflakes, her eagerness to please, and in her tottering, giggling tipsiness’ – Natasha Tripney, The Stage, 4*

‘Ian Rickson’s production is almost definitive […] Wanamaker is very good’ – John Nathan, Jewish Chronicle, 4*

‘The characters are […] clearly delineated in a series of beautifully-detailed performances. Zoë Wanamaker invests Meg with an ever-hopeful energy’ – Sarah Crompton, Whatsonstage.com, 4*

‘[A] really powerful and entertaining revival of a modern classic’ – Mark Shenton, LondonTheatre.co.uk, 4*

‘Pinter’s 1957 masterpiece is given a wonderfully dark revival at his eponymous theatre, where the air is thick with menace’ – Steve Dinneen, City A.M., 4*

‘Peter Wight and Wanamaker superbly convey […] ingrained marital patterns, in a lighter version of the play's later double-act interrogation […] it's a terrifically entertaining and oddly moving piece of theatre’ – Marianka Swain, BroadwayWorld, 4*

A party for The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party’s after party was held at chic restaurant Mint Leaf. Zoë looked sophisticated in an embroidered jacket as she posed for photos with her castmates, which you can see on the show’s Facebook page and Whatsonstage.com.

This is the second revival of Pinter’s Birthday Party in which Zoë has appeared, though her memories of the first are hazy. ‘I played [Meg’s vibrant neighbour] Lulu in 1970-something but I’d forgotten it,’ she told the Evening Standard at the after party. ‘It was a British Council tour of Asia, we went to Hong Kong and Sarawak so I remember that but not a thing about the part.’

In an insightful, detailed interview with BroadwayWorld, Peter Wight explains that a great deal of work has gone into Petey and Meg’s backstory. ‘Zoë Wanamaker and I have thought about this couple's history, their boarding house, about them having children or not – that's very resonant.’ He adds that the cast visited Eastbourne, where Pinter found ‘the seed of the play’, as part of their research.

If you’d like to watch Zoë's 5* hit, you’ll be pleased to know that some tickets are still available. Catch The Birthday Party at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre until 14 April.

Thanks to Janet for her help.

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Britannia available from today and The Birthday Party opens tonight!

18 January 2018 18:31

Yes, the wait is finally over! You can now watch Zoë playing a formidable (and fabulous!) warrior queen, Antedia, in Jez Butterworth's epic historical drama Britannia. All nine episodes in this compelling series are available to stream now from Sky and NOW TV.

Alternatively, if you'd like to watch the episodes on a week-by-week basis, tune into Sky Atlantic on Thursdays at 9pm, starting today.

As if that wasn't exciting enough, Zoë will take to the stage in a matter of minutes for The Birthday Party's opening night. If you've been fortunate enough to attend a preview of the production, you'll know that Zoë and her co-stars (who include Toby Jones, Pearl Mackie and Stephen Mangan) give stellar performances in Harold Pinter's darkly comic, disturbing classic.

Zoë's character, boarding house owner Meg, is fragile and endearing.

Whatsonstage.com has a great selection of production photos. As you can see, the set is brilliantly atmospheric.

Tickets are available for this landmark show, which celebrates the play's 60th anniversary and runs until 14 April at London's aptly named Harold Pinter Theatre.

Let's wish Zoë and everyone else involved with The Birthday Party all the very best for tonight!

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See Zoë on stage in The Birthday Party from tonight!

9 January 2018 19:25

The first performance of the 60th anniversary West End revival of The Birthday Party, in which Zoë stars as boarding house owner Meg, is just minutes away! The cast - which also includes Toby Jones, Pearl Mackie and Stephen Mangan - will be playing to a packed audience.

It's lovely to see Zoë's agency, Conway van Gelder Grant, saluting the Queen of Stage ahead of tonight's show!

Hopefully we won't have long to wait before production photos are released. Meanwhile, there are plenty of rehearsal photos to enjoy.

Tickets to The Birthday Party are available now. The show runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London's West End until 14 April.

The Birthday Party is a classic play, and this has the potential to be a classic production too. Let's wish everyone involved every success.

With thanks to Karoline for the link to the rehearsal photos.

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