ZoŽ stars as Gail, part of a trio of childhood friends rocked by tragedy, in this six-part drama series, which is available to watch on Acorn TV, the ITV Hub and STV Player. You can also order the Region 2 DVD.

The Birthday Party

ZoŽ stars as seaside landlady Meg in this 5* West End revival of Pinter's darkly comic masterpiece, which runs from 9 January to 14 April at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Tickets are available from ATG.


ZoŽ stars as vengeful Queen Antedia in this epic nine-part drama series about the Roman invasion of ancient Britain, which is available on Sky Atlantic, NOW TV and Amazon Prime Video. You can also preorder the Region 2 DVD.

Inside No. 9

ZoŽ guest stars as waspish awards judge Paula in 'And the Winner Is...', an episode from this cult comedy-drama's fourth series available on the BBC iPlayer and Amazon Video. You can also order the Region 2/4 DVD.


Filming underway for ITV's Girlfriends, starring ZoŽ

10 July 2017 00:10

Filming for ITV's Girlfriends, which stars ZoŽ, Miranda Richardson and Phyllis Logan as childhood friends facing tough challenges, began last Monday. The six-part drama series is being directed by its writer, Kay Mellor, and will be shot in and around Leeds and York over the summer. It's due to reach our TV screens in 2018.

In the words of ITV Media's synopsis, 'Girlfriends is a contemporary story of Linda, Sue and Gail as they struggle with the responsibilities and inevitable changes that come with being a modern woman of a certain age...' ZoŽ's character, Gail, certainly has a lot on her plate: she's helping her son, ex-prisoner Tom, get his life back on track while trying to save her marriage to Dave before their divorce is finalised.

Deadline reports that Girlfriends' supporting cast will include Matthew Lewis, who acted alongside ZoŽ in the first Harry Potter film. As accident-prone boy wizard Neville, he broke his wrist and brought out the normally formidable Madam Hooch's caring side!

Thank you, Jenny, for your help!

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Shakespeare's Globe celebrates Sam Wanamaker and 20 years of stunning theatre

14 June 2017 22:43

To celebrate what would've been its founder Sam Wanamaker's 98th birthday, Shakespeare's Globe has today shared this lovely photo of father and daughter.

Happy Sam Day one and all! The founder of our Theatre, Sam Wanamaker, would have been 98 today. We have a lot to be thankful to him for. Help us celebrate his birthday by sharing your memories - here\u0026#39;s one of ours: Sam with his daughter, Zoe Wanamaker, in the Forest of Dean with a tree to be turned into timber for the frame of our Globe Theatre, circa 1992. #samwanamaker #happybirthdaysam #shakespeare #shakespearesglobe #globetheatre #memories

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It's a particularly special week for The Globe, which celebrated its 20th anniversary on 12 June. On that date in 1997, ZoŽ became the first person to speak on the stage. During the official opening ceremony, she recited the Prologue to Henry V in the presence of the Queen and Prince Philip.

The speech, and ZoŽ's delivery of it, never fails to blow me away Ė unforgettable!

Thank you, Karoline and Janet, for your help!

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ZoŽ in conversation with Aled Jones on BBC Radio Wales, plus Essential Classics photos

31 May 2017 19:27

What a busy, brilliant week for radio interviews!

ZoŽ will join singer and presenter Aled Jones on BBC Radio Wales on 4 June at 1:05pm for conversation and music. (You may remember Jones hosted last year's Children & The Arts' Christmas Concert, at which ZoŽ gave a reading.) Even if you don't live in Wales, you can listen online or catch up later via the podcast or iPlayer.

In addition, there are two more editions of BBC Radio 3's Essential Classics, featuring ZoŽ as the special guest, to look forward to. You can hear her interviews on 1 and 2 June at 10am. The three previous editions are currently available on the iPlayer, while the BBC has released some lovely photos of ZoŽ at the recording session, as well as a couple of great clips.

You're sure to enjoy Essential Classics even if (like me) you're not particularly knowledgeable about history's great composers. The conversation between ZoŽ and the presenter, Sarah Walker, flows naturally and is full of insights, while ZoŽ's chosen pieces of classical music are diverse and inspiring.

Huge thanks to Janet for her help

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Hear ZoŽ interviewed on BBC Radio 3's Essential Classics next week

25 May 2017 02:01

ZoŽ will be the special guest on BBC Radio 3's Essential Classics next week. What makes this classical music show particularly exciting for fans is that she'll be interviewed on not just one edition but each edition from 29 May to 2 June, i.e. Monday to Friday. Tune into Essential Classics from 10-10:30am each weekday or catch up on the iPlayer to hear ZoŽ chatting to presenter Sarah Walker.

At the end of the week, a podcast version of their discussions will be available to listen to and download indefinitely.

As the BBC's programme details explains, 'As well as discussing her life's work, ZoŽ shares her passion for classical music, choosing a selection of her favourite works by composers including Verdi, Malcolm Arnold and Clara Schumann.'

That last name caught my eye Ė you may remember that ZoŽ played the 19th-century German composer and musician in Clara's Song (2014), which was written by her husband, Gawn Grainger. Like Essential Classics, the beautiful one-off performance at London's Royal Academy of Arts combined the spoken word with classical music.

Let's hope that Clara's Song is one of the subjects discussed next week...

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Great insights into ZoŽ's character in ITV drama Girlfriends

14 May 2017 03:09

Writer Kay Mellor's production company, Rollem, which is set to film Girlfriends, her new ITV drama, has shared some great insights into ZoŽ's character in the series on its website:

'Gail [...] has received her decree nisi from second husband Dave. She has six weeks and a day to win him back before the divorce becomes absolute, but can Gail switch focus from wayward son Tom and grandson Ben to concentrate on saving her marriage? Particularly as Tom is newly released from prison, tagged, and needs her help getting his life back on track.'

Will Gail succeed in rescuing her marriage or find herself putting her troubled family's needs before her own?

It'll be fantastic to see ZoŽ tackling this emotive storyline when Girlfriends is broadcast next year.

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