Sky Atlantic's epic drama about the Romans invading ancient Britain, starring ZoŽ as vengeful Queen Antedia, returned for a second series on 7 November. Both series are available via Sky and NOW TV.

Worzel Gummidge

ZoŽ plays eccentric aristocrat Lady Bloomsbury Barton in the second episode of the BBCís new adaptation of Barbara Euphan Toddís classic childrenís stories, which aired just after Christmas. It's available via the BBC iPlayer.

Shadow and Bone

ZoŽ recently finished filming this major new fantasy series for Netflix, based on Leigh Bardugoís novels. She's been cast as Baghra, a ruthless teacher. The release date hasn't yet been announced.


ĎWonderfulí ZoŽ becomes honorary patron of Bridport Arts Centre, plus other news

30 March 2019 20:39

ZoŽ is now an honorary patron of Bridport Arts Centre in Dorset, where she recently opened the latest exhibition by Philip Sutton RA (as pictured below). The artist is also an honorary patron of the arts centre.

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a fantastic opening by #zoewanamaker of the My Shakespeare exhibition of Philip Sutton RA\u2019s work at Bridport Arts Centre this evening \ud83d\udc96 . . . sometimes it\u2019s good to come out from the hills \ud83d\ude0a . . . . . @philipsuttonra @bridportarts #art #magic #shakespeare #beautifulpeople #live #life #love #liveauthentic #grateful #inspiration #wellbeing #soulfood #this #see #breathe #prana #positivevibes #namaste \ud83d\ude4f\ud83c\udffb

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ĎIt was delightful to see Philipís paintings in one room,í ZoŽ remarks in Bridportís announcement about her appointment. ĎHis energy comes blazing through and it was great to visit Bridport Arts Centre. It is to be encouraged and celebrated.í

Bridportís director, Curtis Fulcher, praises Zoe as Ďa pedigree actress and a wonderful personí. He highlights the Ďheartfelt speechí she made when opening the exhibition, during which she spoke about her father Sam Wanamakerís friendship with Sutton.

Philip Sutton: My Shakespeare will be on display at Bridport until 4 May.

Supporting those affected by Cyclone Idai

In the wake of Cyclone Idai, ZoŽ is urging everyone to donate to the Disasters Emergency Committeeís fundraising campaign.

The DEC, which consists of a group of UK aid charities, points out that 2.5 million people are in urgent need of help across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

A similar campaign Zoe is also backing is being led by disaster relief charity Shelterbox.

The Globe celebrates World Theatre Day

The team at Shakespeareís Globe shared a stunning photo of the theatre in all its glory to celebrate World Theatre Day on 27 March.

Insights into the Jewish Voices event

For a detailed account of Jewish Book Weekís recent Jewish Voices event, in which ZoŽ took part, head over to the charity World Jewish Reliefís news pages.

Terence McKenna's portrait of ZoŽ

You can see the striking portrait of ZoŽ by Terence McKenna, which was exhibited in 2018 at Londonís Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, in The Lady magazine, as well as find out how the artist likes to work.

Iíve just discovered a photo published last year in a regional newspaper of McKenna putting the finishing touches to the painting. In the accompanying interview, the artist remarks that he and his wife, Mandy, Ďhave many friends in the [acting] business. I tell them Iím putting together an exhibition and what do they think? Actors are warm, generous people and they value the arts.í

Betrayal's opening night

Earlier this month, ZoŽ was pictured as a special guest at the opening night of Betrayal, the classic Harold Pinter play being staged at the West End theatre named after the playwright. When I saw the photo, it struck me that she was on stage in another great Pinter play, The Birthday Party, at the same theatre exactly a year ago. Time flies!

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Biography and lecture to celebrate Sam Wanamakerís centenary in June

20 March 2019 02:21

This June will mark 100 years since the birth of ZoŽís father, Sam Wanamaker, the actor, director and founder of Shakespeareís Globe. To celebrate the centenary, the first full-length, illustrated biography, Sam Wanamaker: A Global Performer, will be published by Oberon Books.

The biographer is Dr Diana Devlin, a friend of Sam Wanamaker who worked alongside him for many years on the project to rebuild The Globe on London's vibrant South Bank. So we can be sure that the book will offer many valuable insights into its subjectís life and career.

A synopsis makes clear what readers can expect:

Actor. Director. Activist.

Sam Wanamaker is best known as the man who spent the last twenty five years of his life reconstructing Shakespeare's Globe near its original site just south of the Thames in London. Tragically, he died four years before its Gala Opening in 1997.

Born in the USA, he began his acting career in travelling shows before moving on to Broadway. A vocal left wing activist, Wanamaker moved to the UK, fearful of being blacklisted during the McCarthy witch hunts of the early 1950s. Having crossed the Atlantic, he carved a successful and varied career as both actor and director, but continued to be outspoken on a variety of topics, including racial discrimination in the theatre.

With his staunch sense of purpose, he made as many enemies as friends: charismatic and persuasive, he was also stubborn and domineering. But it was these very qualities that made his lasting legacy, Shakespeare's Globe, a reality, despite many battles.

The hardback edition is available to pre-order now from Foyles bookshop and elsewhere.

On 13 June, the eve of the centenary, Dr Devlin will explore ZoŽís dadís achievements during the Sam Wanamaker Fellowship Lecture. The event will take place in the beautiful surroundings of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from 7:45 pm. Tickets are on sale now.

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ZoŽ delights the audience at Jewish Book Week grand finale

11 March 2019 22:31

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#Repost @worldjewishrelief We are thrilled to be partnering\u00a0@jewishbookweek\u00a0on their grand finale event this year. \u0026#39;Jewish Voices\u0026#39; will be a celebration of the power of words featuring a host of well known actors and authors reading poems, letters and speeches, stretching from the beginnings of Jewish history to the present day. Don\u0026#39;t miss out! Book your tickets today:\u00a0\u00a0#jewishbookweek#jewishvoices\u00a0#event\u00a0#dontmiss#booktickets\u00a0#proudtopartner #JBW2019

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Jewish Book Week 2019ís sold-out grand finale, Jewish Voices, took place at Kings Place in London on 10 March. ZoŽ played a key role in the event, which was billed as Ďa celebration of the power of wordsí and encompassed everything from songs to speeches.

She had the audience in fits of giggles when giving the first reading of the night Ė Groucho Marxís famous, witty letter to Warner Bros. about ownership of the name Casablanca Ė before dissolving into laughter herself! Zoe returned to the stage for an extract from Alan Bennettís hugely successful play set in a northern grammar school, The History Boys, alongside fellow actors Henry Goodman and Janet Suzman, director Nicholas Hytner, newsreader Emily Maitlis and other well-known figures.

Such was the demand for tickets to Jewish Voices, a collaboration between the long-running festival and charity World Jewish Relief, that the event was relayed live to a second area of Kings Place to enable more literature fans to enjoy it.

Over the course of a couple of hours, Jewish Voices explored what it means to be a Jewish writer and member of the Jewish community, providing entertainment, insight and serious thought.

Everyone present is sure to have left feeling inspired.

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ZoŽ opens Philip Sutton RAís My Shakespeare exhibition, plus a round-up of other news

8 March 2019 21:43

On 1 March, ZoŽ opened the new exhibition, My Shakespeare, by acclaimed artist and Royal Academician Philip Sutton at Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset. You can see photos from the event in the local press.

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The @philipsuttonra My Shakespeare exhibition is officially open thanks to the delightful Zo\u00eb Wanamaker who regaled a lovely heart felt story of her dad (Sam Wanamaker) and Philips friendship. On until 2 May #shakespeare #zoewanamaker #royalacademy

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In front of specially invited guests, she spoke about her father Sam Wanamakerís friendship with Sutton, who designed a beautiful, characteristically colourful poster to celebrate the opening of Shakespeareís Globe in 1997.

The poster was to be the first of many vibrant images inspired by Shakespeare and his plays. Sutton has described Shakespeareís writings as Ďmagicalí, and the same could certainly be said for his own works of art.

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a fantastic opening by #zoewanamaker of the My Shakespeare exhibition of Philip Sutton RA\u2019s work at Bridport Arts Centre this evening \ud83d\udc96 . . . sometimes it\u2019s good to come out from the hills \ud83d\ude0a . . . . . @philipsuttonra @bridportarts #art #magic #shakespeare #beautifulpeople #live #life #love #liveauthentic #grateful #inspiration #wellbeing #soulfood #this #see #breathe #prana #positivevibes #namaste \ud83d\ude4f\ud83c\udffb

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ĎJoy, energy and colour, I think that's the secret,í ZoŽ remarked when discussing the power of the artistís paintings in 1997.

If youíd like to discover Philip Suttonís work for yourself, head to Bridport before 4 May and marvel at My Shakespeare.

In other news...

- Hereís a great photo of ZoŽ at Maple St. Creative, a recording studio in London, where she has recently been working.

- ZoŽ has shown her support for International Womenís Day, as well as disaster relief charity ShelterBox, on Twitter.

She has also recently used the platform to call for abortion law reform for women in Northern Ireland.

- If youíre researching Shakespeare, youíll be pleased to hear that a major digital resource, the Shakespeareís Globe Archive, has just been launched.

The archive aims to help you Ďtrack the journey of Sam Wanamakerís dream to reconstruct the Globeí, as well as gain a clearer understanding of the theatre as a performance space.

Highlights include an oral history by none other than ZoŽ herself.

- On 9 March, Shakespeareís Globe will host Burbage and Wanamaker: A Globe Celebration. The unique event will honour the achievements of Shakespearean actor Richard Burbage (who died 400 years ago) and ZoŽís father (who was born 100 years ago), as well as give participants the opportunity to experience preparing for a performance at the theatre.

- Britannia, in which ZoŽ plays the unforgettable Queen Antedia, will make its eagerly anticipated return to Sky Atlantic this autumn, according to the Radio Times. Specific broadcast dates for the ten epic new episodes have yet to be announced.

With thanks to Janet for her help.

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ZoŽís TREE AID charity appeal raises an incredible £15,000

12 February 2019 21:52

Congratulations to everyone whoís donated to the BBC Radio 4 fundraising appeal for TREE AID, which ZoŽ presented last month. Together youíve raised an incredible £15,000 so far to support the charityís work helping disadvantaged communities in Africaís drylands.

Hereís ZoŽís personal message of thanks to you all. Itís obvious how passionate she is about being a patron of TREE AID.

Anyone whoíd like to contribute to the charity and further boost the appealís total can donate through TREE AIDís website at any time.

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