Girlfriends

ZoŽ 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

ZoŽ 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

ZoŽ 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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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 ZoŽ 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, ZoŽ 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 ZoŽ and her co-stars (who include Toby Jones, Pearl Mackie and Stephen Mangan) give stellar performances in Harold Pinter's darkly comic, disturbing classic.

ZoŽ'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 ZoŽ and everyone else involved with The Birthday Party all the very best for tonight!

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See ZoŽ 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 ZoŽ 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 ZoŽ'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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From daytime TV to News at Ten: Girlfriends' incredible media coverage ahead of ITV debut

3 January 2018 20:34

Tonight's the night! Kay Mellor's eagerly awaited drama Girlfriends, starring ZoŽ as one of a trio of best friends facing huge challenges, begins on ITV1 at 9pm. And the ground-breaking nature of the series, which focuses on the lives of women in late middle age rather than their younger counterparts, means that it's attracting a phenomenal amount of attention in the media. There's really too much to cover here, so I've cherry-picked some of the best bits for you instead!

Girlfriends has been featured on ITV News at Ten, with Mellor emphasising that she wrote the series because she 'wanted to say something about real women that are of a certain age'. Now that aim has also caught the attention of BBC News, which points out that mature women are 'an under-represented group on British TV'. As Mellor reveals in the article, she has every faith in the ability of her show's stars - ZoŽ, Phyllis Logan and Miranda Richardson - to do justice to her distinctive, fast-paced scripts. '[T]hey've all got respect for each other, and I think that shows. Very quickly they bonded together, and I think we captured that on screen.'

The media certainly seems inclined to agree with Mellor, with the  Guardian featuring Girlfriends in its preview of 2018's 'standout TV',
The Mirror pointing out that 'not only does it live up to the hype [...] It surpasses it' and the Daily Mail calling it 'unmissable'.

To help make sure you're up to speed before the first episode is broadcast, the Radio Times has helpfully provided profiles of the main characters and cast members in Girlfriends, as well as a guide to the series. What's more, Tuesday's edition of daytime TV show Lorraine went behind-the-scenes to give viewers a sneak preview of what to expect. Asked why Girlfriends is a must-see programme, ZoŽ gave three great reasons: 'it's fun and it's fascinating and it's different'. You can catch up with her full interview on Lorraine via ITV's catch-up service, where it's available for just under a week. Check out today's edition too for more insights into the show.

ZoŽ is the cover star of the latest issues of two popular magazines, Yours and Woman's Weekly, and is interviewed in both. She tells the former about her first impression of Girlfriends: 'I read three episodes and thought they were really good [...] It was something different for me as [put-upon Gail is] not the kind of part I'd normally do and I have been a big fan of Kay's work for many years'. In the latter she talks about the importance of her real-life girlfriends: 'I don't see them very much, but when we do, it's so easy. You can just go, ''Bleurrgh!'' at them and they won't get bored with you - they'll understand, because they know where you've come from and where you've been.'

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Girlfriends is certainly making waves in the media, and the potential is clearly there for it to be a huge hit with TV audiences as well. Enjoy!

With thanks to Karoline for the heads-up about Woman's Weekly.

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Highlights of ZoŽ's wonderful work in 2017 and what's in store for 2018

1 January 2018 01:07

So much has happened in 2017, and thereís even more for ZoŽís fans to enjoy in the New Year. Letís take a look at the highlights...

Discussing her love of theatre at prestigious events

Early in 2017, ZoŽ gave fascinating talks about her life and career at two special events. The first was in January, when she was invited back for the third time to the Oxford Union, the prestigious university debating society. During a wide-ranging Q&A session, ZoŽ discussed her work on stage and screen, emphasising that Ďthe theatre is my first love. It's more rigorous, it's more exciting, than filmí.

A couple of months later, ZoŽ took part in a fundraising evening for the charity Mousetrap Theatre Projects, of which sheís a patron, at Londonís Club at The Ivy. ZoŽís chat with her friend Fernando Peire, the director of The Ivy, was engaging and relaxed. It also gave her another opportunity to talk enthusiastically about theatre, especially the fact that it helps you to discover 'the joy of expressing yourselfí.

As an added bonus, a number of Zoeís fans enjoyed meeting her after the discussion.

The voice - and dress! - of the Olivier Awards

The face of our delightful voiceover, Zoe Wanamaker! \ud83d\udcf8 @darrenphotog #olivierawards #theatre #london #backstage

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For the second year running, ZoŽ was chosen to provide the voiceover for the prestigious Olivier Awards ceremony, which took place at Londonís Royal Albert Hall in April. She also attended the event, wearing a show-stopping black dress.

When the Best New Play nominations were announced, ZoŽ spoke about the compelling nature of Nick Payne's Elegy, in which she starred in 2016 as a woman battling a neurological disorder. 'Elegy is set in the very near future, exploring a world where the brain is no longer a mystery to us. But Nick's play asks at what cost?' she emphasised.

Portraying pioneering director Joan Littlewood

The following month, ZoŽ gave what must surely be one of her most distinctive, memorable performances on TV when she played the ground-breaking theatre director Joan Littlewood in Babs, a Barbara Windsor biopic. Interviewed by the Telegraph, Zoe praised Littlewood: 'She had energy, a strength of passion and a social commitment which, I don't think, exists much in theatre anymore.'

ZoŽ also pointed out that her father Sam Wanamaker was a great admirer of the director's work. Shakespeare's Globe is 'a people's palace' in the spirit of the arts venue Littlewood revitalised, Theatre Royal Stratford East, she added.

Hundreds of fans meet ZoŽ at her first convention

2017 saw ZoŽ make her first ever appearance at a convention, the famous London Film & Comic Con at Olympia. Looking chic and happy, she signed hundreds of autographs and posed for hundreds of photos with fans.

A year of special anniversaries

2017 was a year of milestone anniversaries. The Globe celebrated its 20th anniversary in June, while October marked 20 years since ZoŽ performed Electra in London. She wowed British reviewers and audiences alike before repeating her success on Broadway.

'This will be remembered as the production in which ZoŽ Wanamaker staked her claim to greatness,' Charles Spencer wrote in the Telegraph, brilliantly summing up Zoe's achievements.

On a personal note, July was special as I celebrated this websiteís 15th anniversary with 15 of my favourite moments from ZoŽ's work on TV and film. Meanwhile, a lucky fan won a t-shirt and photo signed by Zoe in the 15th anniversary competition.

What's coming up in 2018...

Looking back at the last twelve monthsí worth of news articles in order to write this summary has made me realise just how much happened in 2017. And if anything, 2018 sounds like itíll be even more exciting, as ZoŽ is set to appear in all of these projects.

Six-part ITV drama Girlfriends

Weíre just days away from Girlfriendsí eagerly awaited debut on ITV1 (3 January, 9pm).

Landmark production of The Birthday Party

The 60th anniversary West End production of Harold Pinterís darkly comic classic begins on 9 January. Tickets are available now.

Skyís epic historical drama Britannia

Ancient Britain comes to life on Sky Atlantic and Now TV on 18 January.

Cult BBC comedy-drama Inside No. 9

The episode entitled 'And the Winner Is...' focuses on a disastrous TV acting awards ceremony and comes to BBC2 in early 2018.

All that remains is for me to wish each and every one of Zoeís fans around the world an enjoyable, successful New Year!

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ZoŽ's Christmas: 'the emphasis is always on family'

24 December 2017 23:27

This lovely photo of ZoŽ dressed up for Christmas accompanied a 2011 magazine interview about what this special time of year means to her and her loved ones.

As ZoŽ explained, ĎOur Christmas Day varies over the years, depending on whether Gawn and I are working or not. But the emphasis is always on family and the opportunity to see each other. We have Champagne for breakfast then just carry on all day.í

Wishing everyone who visits this website a merry Christmas and happy New Year!

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