'I am very happy to make this website, designed by Liz, official.'
ZoŽ Wanamaker CBE
My name is Liz, and I manage the website. For details of when and why it was created, please see the section about this website.
ZoŽ has an official Twitter account, @ZoeWanamaker, that she runs with her PA, Vanessa. I tweet at @LizLockhart1985.
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse:
You can donate to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and find out more about this recreation of an indoor Jacobean theatre, on the Shakespeare's Globe website. ZoŽ, who is Honorary President of the Globe, talks about the history and significance of the project in a video by the theatre.
Guestbook - To sign the guestbook, please click the picture below. Your comments are much appreciated.
25 February 2015 23:58
Tickets are available for Stevie, which is returning to the stage following its acclaimed run during last year's Chichester Festival. It will be performed at Hampstead Theatre from 6 March to 18 April.
25 February 2015 15:32
ZoŽ is pictured with presenter Ruth Langsford on TV show This Morning's Facebook page. The photo was taken on Monday, when Zoe was invited to appear on the programme and discuss her role in Mr Selfridge and more. Her interview is now available to watch online.
On Monday evening Zoe and her husband, Gawn Grainger, attended the press night for thriller The Nether at London's Duke of York's Theatre (the West End venue for Passion Play, the black comedy in which Zoe starred a couple of years ago). The couple were photographed arriving for the event.
23 February 2015 15:05
Today ZoŽ appeared as a special guest on ITV's This Morning.
She chatted to presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford about her current show, the hit costume drama Mr Selfridge. As she explained, the costumes she wears as Princess Marie are designed to look 'as real as possible and also as rich as possible'. Their beautiful styling and extravagant hats closely reflect the show's early twentieth-century setting and Marie's luxurious lifestyle.
Rehearsals started at the beginning of February for ZoŽ's next project, reprising the role of quirky poet Stevie Smith at London's Hampstead Theatre, following a successful run during last year's Chichester Festival. Zoe is clearly relishing the part; she described Smith as 'an extraordinary human being', who was 'part of an era that is gone' now. The play, Stevie, begins previews on 6 March.
In addition, ZoŽ showed the presenters how she makes perfect vodka martinis, in the light of her Mr Selfridge co-star Leon Ockenden praising them in a recent interview. They certainly seemed to go down well; a very nice treat to start the week with, and one of which Mr Selfridge's Russian princess would surely approve!
6 February 2015 23:51
ZoŽ's on-screen son in Mr Selfridge, Leon Ockenden, has praised the 'passion and intensity' in her approach to acting. Interviewed by the Sunday People, Ockenden emphasises that 'She did such a brilliant accent that everyone mimicked her on set and she kept it going all day. It's only at the end of the day when you get in the car with her that she changes. That's when you see the real ZoŽ.'
And in an interview on daytime chatshow Loose Women today, Ockenden revealed that Zoe makes the best vodka martinis!
Zoe's role in Mr Selfridge has captured the attention of the Independent.ie, which remarks that 'the wonderful Zoe Wanamaker [...] will doubtless bring an injection of energy and wit' to the series. Similarly, Metro finds Princess Marie a compelling character, 'thanks to Zoe Wanamaker's incredible and complex talent'.
You can catch up with episodes one and two of Mr Selfridge's third series on the ITV Player. Episode three will be broadcast on Sunday, at 9pm on ITV1/STV. The whole of series three is available to pre-order on Region 2 DVD; it is due to be released on 20 April.
ZoŽ has recently been rehearsing a new radio production of Arthur Miller's masterpiece, Death of a Salesman, in which she will star alongside David Suchet. As many of you will know, they have worked wonderfully well together on previous productions such as All My Sons (2010) and, of course, several episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot; and so the radio play is sure to be a real treat for fans.
The rehearsals took place at the premises of Mousetrap Theatre Project, the theatre education charity of which both Zoe and her co-star are patrons. You can see a photo of the cast on Mousetrap's Twitter profile. The broadcast date for the play has not yet been announced, but Suchet has tweeted that it is due to air in the autumn, in which case it will coincide with the centenary of Miller's birth.
The March issue of Your Dog magazine features a lovely interview with ZoŽ about her support for the Bark and Read project, which is funded by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. The project supports efforts to encourage schoolchildren to read to specially trained support dogs. By reading to a calm, non-judgmental canine audience, pupils can increase their confidence and literacy levels.
As well as discussing the 'wonderful' Bark and Read, ZoŽ recalls her parents' pet dogs. 'I've grown up with dogs all my life,' she emphasises. She has particularly fond memories of Pasha, an Afghan Hound. 'He was a stunning dog, with a flowing beard and a real sense of humour Ė he actually laughed. But he was uncontrollable with a mind of his own and would run off Ė Afghan Hounds run like the wind!'
Pasha, as ZoŽ points out, was the inspiration for her 1996 performance as a dog, Sylvia, in A.R. Gurney's play of the same name. 'I had a collar Ė a necklace with a chain Ė made specially' for the production, she says. Playing a dog was 'great fun'.
Your Dog is available to purchase in print and as a digital edition.
What would you like to ask Zoe? To celebrate its twentieth anniversary, the Dyslexia Research Trust, an Oxford University-based charity that tackles reading problems, is giving people the chance to tweet questions for ZoŽ, who will answer the top three in due course.
27 January 2015 13:34
Hampstead Theatre has today announced the full cast for Stevie, in which ZoŽ will reprise her role as quirky poet Stevie Smith from 6 March, following her success at Chichester's Minerva Theatre.
Zoe will be joined by Lynda Baron (who will play Stevie's down-to-earth, kindly aunt) and Chris Larkin (The Man, a mysterious figure who helps to tell Stevie's story). They too are reprising their roles from last year's production at Chichester, which was highly acclaimed.
Please see Hampstead Theatre's website for Stevie performance details and tickets.