'I am very happy to make this website, designed by Liz, official.'
Zo Wanamaker CBE
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My name's Liz, and I manage the website. For details of when and why it was created, please see the section about this website.
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Zo 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. Zo, who is Honorary President of the Globe, talks about the history and significance of the project in a video by the theatre. 

Current and upcoming projects:
  • The Birthday Party (Harold Pinter Theatre, London: 9 January-14 April 2018): Zo stars as Meg, who runs a seaside boarding house, in this West End revival of Pinter's dark, classic play.
  • Britannia (Sky Atlantic and Amazon Prime Video, 2018): Zo stars as Queen Antedia, a key figure in the Celtic resistance movement, in this epic, nine-part historical drama series about the Roman invasion of ancient Britain.
  • Inside Number 9 (BBC Two, 2018): Zo guest stars in an episode from this cult comedy-drama's fourth series.
  • Girlfriends (ITV, 2018): Zo stars as Gail, part of a trio of childhood friends rocked by tragedy in this six-part drama series.

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Doctor Who's Pearl Mackie joins Zo in 2018 revival of The Birthday Party

15 September 2017 17:02

Sonia Friedman Productions has revealed that Pearl Mackie, who rose to fame as the most recent Doctor Who companion, Bill Potts, will appear alongside Zo in the 2018 West End revival of The Birthday Party. Mackie is set to play party guest Lulu, the role Zo herself played in a 1972 production of Harold Pinter's classic, so they're bound to have plenty to chat about during rehearsals.

Speaking to the Radio Times about her 'phenomenal' castmates, who also include Stephen Mangan and Toby Jones, Mackie emphasised, 'I'm so excited to be in the room with them, let alone actually share a stage with them I think it will be incredible.'

The Birthday Party will be staged at London's Harold Pinter Theatre from 9 January to 14 April 2018, with its opening night on 18 January. Tickets are available now and selling fast.

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Zo to star in 60th anniversary revival of Pinter's The Birthday Party

12 September 2017 22:56

Zo's next theatre production has been announced and it's very exciting! She's set to star in a 2018 West End revival of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, celebrating the classic play's 60th anniversary. Appropriately enough, the show will be staged at the theatre named after the renowned playwright. Zo's co-stars are Toby Jones and Stephen Mangan (you'll find great cast photos on Facebook).

As the production's official website makes clear, The Birthday Party's plot is dark and intriguing: 'Stanley Webber (Toby Jones) is the only lodger at Meg (Zo Wanamaker) and Petey Boles' sleepy seaside boarding house. The unsettling arrival of enigmatic strangers Goldberg (Stephen Mangan) and McCann disrupts the humdrum lives of the inhabitants and their friend Lulu, and mundanity soon becomes menace when a seemingly innocent birthday party turns into a disturbing nightmare.'

Produced by Sonia Friedman and directed by Ian Rickson (who've been behind a number of critically acclaimed productions of Pinter's work), the revival will mark the second time Zo has performed The Birthday Party. She originally appeared in the play as Lulu during a British Council Far East Tour early in her career, in 1972.

The news of what the Guardian calls '[a] star-studded new West End production' has attracted plenty of attention in the theatre press, with articles by The Stage, Whatsonstage.com, Broadway.com, BroadwayWorld.com and more. In addition, BBC Radio 4's Today programme has aired an interview with Toby Jones and Pinter's widow, Lady Antonia Fraser, about the play's enduring appeal.

The Birthday Party runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 9 January to 14 April 2018, with its opening night on 18 January. Tickets are available now and being snapped up, so it's a good idea to book early if possible.

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News round-up: see Zo in epic Britannia trailer; Girlfriends filming; and Gawn rehearses new play

31 August 2017 22:26

First-look Britannia trailer released

Sky Atlantic has released the long-awaited and fabulous! trailer for historical drama series Britannia, plus an eye-catching photo of Zo as formidable Celtic Queen Antedia (click here for a bigger version).

Our first glimpse of the show's epic vision of ancient Britain, its fierce inhabitants and similarly fierce Roman invaders suggests that Britannia will be tense and atmospheric, with stunning cinematography and elements of the supernatural.

The trailer has met with a hugely positive response from Zo's fans and peers alike, with fellow actress Kim Cattrall and director Metin Hseyin among those praising her.

Zoe's Britannia co-stars include David Morrissey, Kelly Reilly and Mackenzie Crook. The series will premiere in Cannes on 16 October. As a recent press release from Sky makes clear, we can expect to see Britannia on TV 'early next year'. It'll be shown on Sky Atlantic in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Italy, as well as on streaming service NOW TV. US fans will be able to watch Britannia via Amazon Prime Video.

Girlfriends filming passes the half-way mark

Rollem Productions has revealed that filming for the last three episodes in ITV's six-part Girlfriends, another hotly-anticipated drama series starring Zo, began on 23 August. The programme is being made in and around Leeds and York.

Zo will play Gail, part of a troubled trio of friends, in Girlfriends, which also stars Phyllis Logan and Miranda Richardson.

Look out for it on ITV in 2018.

Zo's husband to appear at the National Theatre

Zo's husband, Gawn Grainger, recently began rehearsing Saint George and the Dragon for London's National Theatre. Here he's pictured with John Heffeman, Olwen May, Amaka Okafor, Jeff Rawle and other members of the company.

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Saint George and the Dragon, a new play by Rory Mullarkey, is described by the National as '[a] folk tale for an uneasy nation'. It'll be staged in the Olivier from 4 October to 2 December as part of the theatres 15 Travelex season.

With thanks to Karoline for all her help.

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Announcing the lucky winner of the 15th anniversary competition...

31 August 2017 19:37

Many congratulations to Zo's fan Lynn, who's won the website's 15th anniversary competition after being randomly selected from all of the entrants today!

Her prizes are a Dead Funny t-shirt and a photo, both signed by Zo.

Thanks to all of the entrants, as well as to Zo and Vanessa, her PA, for kindly donating the prizes.

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Last chance to enter the website's 15th anniversary competition!

29 August 2017 17:00

If you'd like to be in with the chance of winning a t-shirt and photo, both signed by Zo, you have until 11:59pm (UK time) on 30 August 2017 to enter the website's 15th anniversary competition.

Thank you to everyone who's already entered :-)

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