'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 that she runs with her PA, Vanessa. Do feel free to say hello!
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.
11 July 2014 02:17
Zoe and her husband, Gawn Grainger, were among the special guests at Brasil Brasileiro's press night yesterday. Zoe's fellow Harry Potter star, David Bradley, was also on the guest list. You can see photos from the event, which was held at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, on Getty Images, Contactmusic.com, and the Daily Mail.
'A celebration of the very best of dance and music from Brazil, the exuberance, spirit and energy of this magical country is brought to life in this summer's hottest must-see show, by Claudio Segovia,' says Sadler's Wells of Brasil Brasileiro. The dance venue is playing host to the Brazilian dance spectacular until the end of July.
30 June 2014 18:49
The hugely influential, multi-award-winning drama Edge of Darkness returns to UK television tonight, 30 June. The first episode of this six-part series, which was originally shown almost thirty years ago, will be broadcast by BBC Four at 10pm.
In Edge of Darkness Zoe plays a government agent, Clementine, who becomes entangled in the efforts of policeman Ronald Craven (played by the late, great Bob Peck) to uncover the truth about his daughter's life - and death.
Zoe's character appears in episodes three, four, and six. As the series, written by Troy Kennedy Martin and directed by Martin Campbell, is particularly intense and complex, I highly recommend watching all six episodes to keep up with every twist and turn of the plot!
If you would like to refresh your memory of Edge of Darkness, or for a concise introduction, Digital Spy has today published an excellent overview of the series. As the article concludes, Edge of Darkness features a host of 'perfect performances' and is suffused with 'oppressive, impressive moodiness'.
25 May 2014 17:31
This evening the BBC will broadcast a recording of The Duchess of Malfi, which was the first production performed at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe's recreation of an indoor Jacobean theatre, named in honour of ZoŽ's father.
'Welcome to a world of shadows, not just the soft candlelit gloom of the theatre, but a moral universe which is dark with jealousy, mistrust and revenge,' remarks the presenter, Andrew Marr, when introducing John Webster's Jacobean revenge tragedy in a clip from the programme, entitled The Duchess of Malfi: BBC Arts at the Globe.
As the BBC explains in its announcement about the programme: 'Gemma Arterton takes the title role as the widowed Duchess of Malfi who longs to marry her lover Antonio, played by Alex Waldmann. But her brothers, Ferdinand (David Dawson) and the Cardinal (James Garnon), are determined to prevent the union. When their spy, Bosola (Sean Gilder), discovers the Duchess has already married Antonio and is pregnant with his child, they set out to exact their revenge - with horrifying and bloody consequences.'
This production of The Duchess of Malfi was performed at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse earlier this year, from 9 January to 16 February - 400 years after the play was originally staged - as part of the theatre's first season of plays.
21 May 2014 22:53
ZoŽ is the narrator of a new mini-documentary, Ode to Joy, which marks the centenary year of the late director, animator, producer and designer, Joy Batchelor, and celebrates her work.
As ZoŽ says of Joy in the documentary, 'Despite being one of animation's most important figures, today she is one of its unsung heroines.' Zoe emphasises that 'her recognition is long overdue.'
20 May 2014 21:15
ZoŽ talks about why she loves New York so much, and shares her tips about what to see and do in order to make the most of a trip there, in an interview published today by the Telegraph.
As she explains, New York is awe-inspiring: 'I was born there and I love the city for its incredible energy, architecture and people. Thereís nowhere else like it in America: it is a melting pot full of history and nostalgia; romantic but quite tough at the same time. You find yourself slightly out of breath when you first get there because it is so full-on. Americans there have a real sense of national identity.'