'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. 

Current and upcoming projects:
  • Clara's Song (Royal Academy of Arts, London; 30 November): ZoŽ will play German musician Clara Schumann in this one-off musical performance, written by Zoe's husband, Gawn Grainger.
  • Let's Do Christmas... With Gino & Mel (ITV1; broadcast date TBA): ZoŽ will be a special guest on this culinary-themed chat show.
  • Stevie (Hampstead Theatre, London; 6 March-18 April 2015): ZoŽ will reprise her role as quirky poet Stevie Smith in this revival of Hugh Whitemore's play.
  • Mr Selfridge (ITV1; 2015 broadcast dates TBA): ZoŽ will play a Russian princess, Marie de Bolotoff, in the third series of this lavish costume drama, inspired by the founder of Selfridges department store.

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News round-up: Letís Do Christmas, Alternative Miss World, The River, Christmas concerts and more!

21 November 2014 22:34

The past month or so has generated a whirlwind of news, events and other activities, hence this bumper news round-up!

ZoŽ will appear in an episode of ITVís Let's Do Christmas... With Gino & Mel. Presented by chef Gino D'Acampo and Melanie Sykes, the daytime series will offer TV viewers culinary tips for the festive season, while a range of famous faces lend a hand in the kitchen. Letís Do Christmas... will be broadcast on weekday lunchtimes from 8 December. More details about Zoeís episode to follow.

ZoŽís fans have plenty of opportunity to enjoy some festive cheer while supporting good causes this Christmastime. Iíve previously mentioned that Zoe is due to be a speaker at The Sick Childrenís Trust carol service (4 December; St Marylebone Parish Church). She is now also due to speak at the Asthma UK carol concert (2 December; St Lukeís Church, Chelsea) and the Prostate Cancer UK 'Carols by Candlelight' service (3 December; St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge). Tickets for each of these London events are currently available.

ZoŽís other charity work includes presenting and narrating an awareness film about Leuka, the Leukaemia research charity, and its work. As Leuka explains, this moving film Ďshares the compelling stories of two patients and their loved onesí. It looks at new treatments as well as highlighting the importance of more research.

Last Sunday, ZoŽ was a special guest at The Riverís opening night on Broadway. Other special guests included Anna Wintour, Ivanka Trump and Donna Karan. The drama, by Jez Butterworth, focuses on a new coupleís moonlight visit to a fishing cabin. It is directed by Ian Rickson, and stars Hugh Jackman, Cush Jumbo and Laura Donnelly. For details and photos, see BroadwayWorld, Playbill and TheaterMania.

Earlier this month, ZoŽ was interviewed by fellow actor Paul Clayton as part of The Actors Centreís ĎOff the Recordí series of talks, which are designed to help and inspire the next generation of performers. The event, hosted by the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London, was a sell-out success. Zoe and Paul were photographed behind-the-scenes shortly before it began. More details to follow.

A couple of days before that, Zoe attended the British Guild of Travel Writers awards dinner, held at The Savoy in London. Shakespeareís Globeís Sam Wanamaker Playhouse was highly commended in the Best UK Tourism Project category. You can see a photo of Zoe accepting this honour, courtesy of the BGTWís Twitter profile.

Going back further, to mid-October, ZoŽ helped to judge The Alternative Miss World 2014 competition, the brainchild of English artist and sculptor Andrew Logan. This spectacular, neon-themed show, which celebrated transformation and self-expression instead of conventional beauty, took place at a packed Shakespeareís Globe. Among Zoeís fellow judges were Fenella Fielding, Daniel Lismore, Zandra Rhodes, Suggs and more. Zoe is pictured alongside Daniel Lismore and Suggs on Twitter. The winner was Miss Zero + (real name Sasha Frolova), who wore a show-stopping latex outfit. For insider insights and photos, see The Globeís blog, David McAlmontís article for Beige Magazine and Nicola Middletonís article for This is Cabaret.

Last but not least is the news that Zoe has lent her voice to food brand Bistoís Together Project advert.

Bisto says the initiative is intended to go a step further than bringing people together round the dinner table Ė it aims Ďto bring even more people together, whatever the barriersí. If youíd like to be in with the chance of Bisto helping to bring you together with someone, you can submit your story through the projectís website.

Thanks to Janet for her help.


New screenshot collection

30 October 2014 23:10

A large new collection of screenshots from some of Zoe's TV roles, including Love Hurts and My Family, is available to view online, thanks to River Song, a digital and screenshot artist.

You can view all of the images on Facebook.

With thanks to River Song for the link.


ZoŽ due to speak at The Sick Children's Trust carol service

7 October 2014 20:40

ZoŽ is due to give a seasonal reading at The Sick Children's Trust's Christmas carol service, which will take place on 4 December at St Marylebone Parish Church in London.

The charity, which provides free accommodation and support to families with sick children in hospital in the UK, remarks on its website that 'the event will make a lovely start to the festive season!'

Tickets are available now.


ZoŽ backs Sightsavers Million Miracles campaign

7 October 2014 17:08

ZoŽ is helping to raise awareness of A Million Miracles, the biggest ever campaign by charity Sightsavers. You can see ZoŽ's message of support about this ambitious campaign on her Twitter profile.

A Million Miracles aims to change the lives of people who are losing their vision due to cataracts, by providing a million sight-saving operations in some of the poorest areas of the world. Moreover, on 8 and 9 October, at 1:30pm GMT, you can watch live one such patient, Winesi, receiving his surgery in Malawi, thanks to Sightsavers.

To make a donation to the campaign in order to help fund sight-saving surgery, please visit Sightsavers's website.


Kristin Scott Thomas on how Electra changed her life: 'Seeing ZoŽ, I thought, ''Aha, that's how I do it.'''

27 September 2014 17:08

The Telegraph has today published an interview with actress Kristin Scott Thomas, in which she discusses the profound effect that ZoŽ's performance as Electra (1997 in UK; 1998-9 in US) has had on her.

Watching the Ancient Greek tragedy unfold on Broadway, with Zoe in the title role, inspired Scott Thomas to shift the focus of her career away from film and towards acting for the stage. As she comments, 'Seeing ZoŽ, I thought, ''Aha, that's how I do it.'''

Scott Thomas, who is currently playing Electra at London's Old Vic, points to the play's power as she recalls Zoe's production: 'the play was just so meaningful to me about life Ė my life and others. I started to weep and everyone around me, men and women, was doing the same thing.'


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