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Sky Atlantic's epic drama about the Romans invading ancient Britain, starring ZoŽ as vengeful Queen Antedia, returns for a second series on 7 November.

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ZoŽ plays eccentric aristocrat Lady Bloomsbury Barton in the second episode of the BBCís new adaptation of Barbara Euphan Toddís classic childrenís stories, which will air later this year.

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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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First-look photos: ZoŽ in Killing Eve episode four

25 April 2019 21:30

BBC America has released photos from Killing Eve episode four, ĎDesperate Timesí. They include a solo portrait of ZoŽ (how fab are those stripey socks!) plus one in which she appears alongside Fiona Shaw.

ĎDesperate Timesí premieres in the US on Sunday 28 April, at 8 pm Eastern time/7 pm Central time. Killing Eve is also available to download or stream (check out BBC America's 'where to watch' guide for details.)

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ZoŽ to appear in Killing Eve, BBC Americaís smash-hit drama

22 April 2019 18:06

BBC Americaís Killing Eve recently returned for a second series of murder, tension and high-fashion. And as the broadcaster's brand new trailer for episode four, ĎDesperate Timesí, reveals, ZoŽ is set to appear in one of the biggest TV dramas in the world.

You probably donít need me to tell you that Killing Eve features insightful intelligence agent Eve Polastri and notorious assassin Villanelle. Theyíre engaged in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game, each increasingly obsessed with the other.

As far as Iím aware, no details about Zoeís role have so far been made public (and she isnít named, as yet, in the IMDbís cast list for the show). The glimpse we see in the trailer suggests she could be playing a senior British intelligence official... What do you think? In any case, itíll be fascinating to see how ZoŽ's character fits into the compelling world, dramatic and darkly comic by turns, of runaway success Killing Eve.

ĎDesperate Timesí premieres in the US next Sunday, 28 April, at 8 pm Eastern time/7 pm Central time. The show is also available to download or stream (see BBC America's 'where to watch' guide.)

Zoeís fans in the UK (like me!) have longer to wait, as a release date for series two here hasnít yet been announced by the BBC. All we know at the moment is that it won't be shown until after the last episode airs in the US on 26 May. So no spoilers, please! ;-)

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