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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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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ZoŽ pictured with Birthday Party castmates ahead of 2018 revival

24 December 2017 21:05

Hereís our first peek inside the rehearsal room as ZoŽ and her castmates prepare for the 60th anniversary revival of Pinterís The Birthday Party, which begins on 9 January.

ZoŽ, looking great in a leopard print coat, and co-star Stephen Mangan have also been photographed for Getty Images at hit musical Hamiltonís British opening night.

The Birthday Party is one of Londonís most eagerly awaited shows, with both the Independent and Telegraph (which praises the Ďcrack castí) featuring it in their round-up of 2018 theatrical highlights.

Tickets to the show at the Harold Pinter Theatre are available now - and would make an ideal Christmas present for the ZoŽ Wanamaker fan in your life!

With thanks to Karoline and Janet for their help.

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Ground-breaking Girlfriends featured on ITV News at Ten

19 December 2017 02:55

Wow, Girlfriendsí status as a ground-breaking TV drama was cemented yesterday when it was featured on ITV News at Ten. The report by arts editor Nina Nannar emphasises that by focusing on women in late middle age, the series sheds light on challenges faced by a group of people who often feel overlooked by British TV.

As Girlfriendsí creator Kay Mellor explains, ĎI wanted to say something about real women that are of a certain age and say ĎĎthis is their livesíí.í Women who are looking after their grandchildren and elderly relatives, for example, while juggling all sorts of other responsibilities are likely to identify closely with ZoŽís Gail and her best friends.

Mellor hints at the power of ZoŽís performance, as well as those of her co-stars Phyllis Logan and Miranda Richardson, in The Sunís TV guide: ĎIíve got three fabulous actresses, they're like dynamite together.í

Catch Girlfriends, which promises to be emotive and authentic, on 3 January (ITV1, 9pm) in the UK and 29 January in the US (Acorn TV).

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