'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:
  • Mr Selfridge (ITV1; broadcast dates TBA): ZoŽ plays 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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'From the Archive' part two: ZoŽ's first ever TV role Ė a troubled teen called Sally

20 August 2014 22:13

This is the second article in 'From the Archive', a series launched last month to celebrate this website's twelfth anniversary. The series explores ZoŽ's earliest roles, rare interviews, memorabilia and more.

ZoŽ's television work encompasses many hugely popular programmes, which have brought her international acclaim. She is well known for starring in series such as Love Hurts, My Family and Agatha Christie's Poirot, to name just a few; but have you ever wondered when Zoe's TV career began?

New Year is traditionally a time of new beginnings, and this was certainly true for ZoŽ in 1971. She made her TV debut on 3 January, when ITV broadcast a 25-minute drama, 'Sally for Keeps', in which she plays the title character. It must have felt wonderful to secure a TV role so soon after drama school Ė Zoe had completed her studies at London's Central School of Speech & Drama just the previous year.

Shortly before 'Sally for Keeps' was shown, the TV Times introduced the young actress to its readers as the 'daughter of American actor-director Sam [Wanamaker]'. Although in her early twenties at the time, ZoŽ was cast as a teenage girl in the programme, which was scripted by well-known writer Ken Taylor.

ZoŽ's character, Sally, is a kind but troubled teenager, who has been living for some time in a children's home. When her kindly English teacher and his wife (played by James Grout and Barbara Leigh-Hunt) invite Sally to spend Christmas at their home, they are faced with an important question: should they invite her to stay 'for keeps'?

'Sally for Keeps' is part of the series Turn of the Year, which examines emotive subjects such as fostering and family life. In particular, the series looks at how the spirit of change associated with the Christmas and New Year period can bring such subjects to the fore.

I would love to be able to show you a clip of Zoe's performance as Sally. Unfortunately, 'Sally for Keeps', like many other programmes of its era, is missing from the TV archives. The black-and-white photo above, showing Sally, her English teacher and his wife, is the only image I have been able to find from the programme.

In 2012 ZoŽ discussed her TV debut when she was interviewed for BBC arts series Mark Lawson Talks To... 'There was a religious slot [in which 'Sally for Keeps' was broadcast], and I worked with Barbara Leigh-Hunt,' Zoe commented. 'And I was very "Method" at that time Ė in a way I still am, but [then] I was really Method,' she added, referring to the set of techniques that actors can use to draw on their emotions and memories when performing.

'Lost' TV shows do turn up from time to time (the discoveries of early Doctor Who episodes spring to mind), and so let's keep our fingers crossed that one day we find that a copy of 'Sally for Keeps' was kept by a TV company or 1970s viewer... Meanwhile, if you remember watching Zoe's TV debut, it would be great to hear from you.

There are more details about 'Sally for Keeps' in the guide to the programme in the TV section.

More articles in the 'From the Archive' series will be published here from time to time. If there is a topic that you would like to write about Ė for example, perhaps you saw Zoe on stage in the 1970s or have a rare or unusual item connected to her career that you would like to discuss Ė please feel free to contact me about writing a guest article.


'Joyous and very sweet': ZoŽ praises Celia Imrie's new show, Laughing Matters

13 August 2014 18:23

ZoŽ and her husband, Gawn Grainger, were among the special guests at yesterday's press night for Celia Imrie's one-woman cabaret show, Laughing Matters, held at London's St James Theatre.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Zoe praised the show, in which Imrie performs songs, sketches and anecdotes. 'It felt like being in Celia's front room. It was joyous and very sweet.'

ZoŽ, her husband and Imrie were photographed at the show's after party, which was hosted by Fortnum & Mason, for Tatler, Wooller.com, Getty Images and Rex Features. Other special guests included Larry Lamb and Paul O'Grady.

Laughing Matters runs until 17 August.

With thanks to Janet for her help.

Updated 15 August: You can also see photos from the after party on Whatsonstage.com.


Rare chance to hear ZoŽ's episode of In the Psychiatrist's Chair on 9 August

9 August 2014 01:01

I thought it would be helpful to remind everyone that ZoŽ's episode of In the Psychiatrist's Chair, the in-depth interview programme, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra today, 9 August, at 1:15pm.

The interview was recorded in 1998 and conducted by the late Prof Anthony Clare. As BBC Radio 4 Extra notes, it covers Zoe's 'childhood, upbringing and relationship with her parents'.

If you miss the broadcast, don't forget that it will be repeated on 10 August at 3:15am. If you're not a night owl, don't worry, as on the BBC's website you can catch up with the programme or download it.


ZoŽ among 200 public figures calling on Scotland to remain in UK

7 August 2014 15:56

In anticipation of the referendum in September, ZoŽ has joined Judi Dench, Helena Bonham Carter, David Suchet, Eddie Izzard and many other well known individuals to call on Scotland to stay in the UK, as the Telegraph reports.

They have signed an open letter to the people of Scotland, emphasising: 'What unites us is much greater than what divides us. Let's stay together.'

The letter has been organised by historians Dan Snow and Tom Holland. To read it in full and, if you want, add your name to it, see the Let's Stay Together campaign's website.


Celia Imrie recalls a visit to the Royal Opera House with ZoŽ

4 August 2014 14:59

Actress Celia Imrie recalls an awe-inspiring trip to London's Royal Opera House with ZoŽ, in a new interview from The Arts Desk.

'I had the great privilege of sitting with Zoe Wanamaker, in the wings at the Royal Opera House about a year ago, watching the ballet dancers go by, seeing them taking a breath in the wings and going on again. It takes your breath away.'

The experience, Imrie says, reaffirmed 'the whole point of live theatre'.


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