Shadow and Bone

Zoë plays Baghra, a stern teacher, in this major new fantasy series based on Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling Grishaverse novels. Series one and two are streaming now on Netflix.

The Cleaner

Zoë guest stars in an episode in the second series of BBC One's black comedy about a crime scene cleaner, called 'The Statue', which is available on the BBC iPlayer.

Black Ops

Zoë guest stars in BBC One's six-part comedy thriller about two Police Community Support Officers working undercover. Begins 5 May, BBC One, 9:30pm.

Criminal Record

Zoë plays the mother of a young detective reinvestigating an old murder case in this crime drama series for Apple TV+. Filming began in summer 2022.


Zoë discusses working with David Bowie on Baal

22 July 2023 23:24

BBC Four is gearing up to broadcast the 1982 TV version of Baal, the bleak but compelling Brecht play about a destructive artist-poet, on Wednesday 26 July (11:05pm – 12:10am). It’s legendary late musician David Bowie in the title role, while Zoë plays Sophie, one of Baal’s unlucky lovers.

The BBC has released this fantastic photo of Sophie; I’d never seen it before.

As David Bowie News points out, Baal being broadcast is particularly exciting because it’s the first time the BBC has shown the programme – from the acclaimed director Alan Clarke – since it originally aired 41 years ago (though it was screened by the BFI during its 30th anniversary year and has been released on DVD and Blu-ray). Baal is part of a BBC Four season celebrating feature-length classic dramas.

Just before Baal begins, we’ll be treated to a short interview with Zoë. Zoë Wanamaker Remembers... Bowie and Baal can be seen from 10:55-11:05pm. I think I'm almost looking forward to this even more than seeing Baal again, as it's always fascinating to hear Zoe's insights about working on screen. I wonder what memories are most vivid when she looks back on working with Bowie in the 80s.

So, just to be clear, that's Zoe's interview first and Baal directly after.

Revisiting The Man Who Fell to Earth

And how about continuing the Zoe-plus-David-Bowie theme by watching or re-watching The Man Who Fell to Earth (2022)?

This fascinating, beautifully produced TV series, which is available from iTunes, builds on the 70s film of the same name starring Bowie. Zoë plays the enigmatic Watt (pictured above), who helps Faraday (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor), an alien on a mission to save his planet, with some vital research.

With thanks to Karoline for her help

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Birthday wishes - 13 May

13 May 2023 14:21

Today is Zoë's birthday, and I'm sure that her fans around the world will want to join me in wishing her a delightful day!

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Pictures from Home bows out on Broadway

1 May 2023 19:41

'Three of the theatre's most inventive, inspired and award-winning artists bring to vivid theatrical life a comic and dramatic portrait of a mother, a father and the son who photographed their lives.'

Those are BroadwayWorld's moving words and come from its fond farewell to Pictures from Home. The stunning play had its final performance at Broadway's Studio 54 yesterday, 30 April, after a hugely popular run. Zoë and her co-stars, Nathan Lane and Danny Burstein, have seen numerous standing ovations since previews began on 13 January.

But let's give the last word to the Pictures from Home publicity team, who've shared this touching message.

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Zoë in Black Ops, a new comedy thriller for BBC One

1 May 2023 18:32

Hot on the heels of The Cleaner (which you can watch on the BBC iPlayer right now) comes another comedy-with-a-twist featuring Zoë in a guest role: Black Ops. This fresh, funny six-part series, which is billed as a ‘high-concept comedy thriller’, airs Fridays at 9:30pm on BBC One from 5 May.

Black Ops was created by BAFTA award winners Gbemisola Ikumelo and Akemnji Ndifornyen. They star in the East London-set series alongside Hammed Animashaun.

According to the BBC Media Centre, Black Ops ‘tells the story of Dom [played by Gbemisola Ikumelo] and Kay [Hammed Animashaun], two Police Community Support Officers who join the Met Police in the hope of cleaning up their community. However, they quickly find themselves unwittingly thrust into the murky world of deep cover infiltration.’ Along the way, they encounter Tevin (Akemnji Ndifornyen), who’s one of the leaders of a local gang.

Details about Zoe’s character and episode(s) are being kept under wraps for now. But one of Black Ops’ executive producers, Lloyd Woolf, has emphasised what a joy it was to work with her: ‘there’s people like Zoë Wanamaker and Alex Macqueen and Alan Ford [in the cast] who to even just briefly meet these people and have a chat is lovely’.

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Zoë interviewed on Little Known Facts arts podcast

24 April 2023 16:37

Zoë is interviewed in the latest episode of Little Known Facts. This popular podcast, hosted by fellow actor Ilana Levine, is devoted to 'hilarious, vulnerable, revealing and inspiring' conversations with people in the arts.

You can listen to Little Known Facts: Zoë Wanamaker on BroadwayWorld. The episode runs for just under 40 minutes and is an absolute delight. As Ilana Levine remarks towards the end of the interview, she's had 'the best day' chatting to Zoë, and the conversation really flows.

The candid, wide-ranging interview covers Pictures from Home on Broadway, and how the family at the heart of that play (American photographer Larry Sultan and his parents) led Zoë to think about her own. She also talks about her childhood, early career, differences between Broadway and West End theatre, the role she's most recognised for - and so much more.

Many of Zoe's comments will stay with me, especially her thoughts on theatre post-pandemic. Theatregoers and actors were starved of live performance for so long that 'getting people back into the theatre so they can be told a story' (in Zoë's words) is hugely important now.

And if you want to watch some stunning theatre in the very near future, Pictures from Home is booking until 30 April.

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