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.

Criminal Record

Zoë plays the fragile mother of a young detective reinvestigating an old murder case in this crime drama series currently streaming on Apple TV+.

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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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Zoë stars in The Cleaner tonight

21 April 2023 17:18

The highly-anticipated episode of black comedy The Cleaner in which Zoë guest stars will be broadcast on BBC One tonight, 21 April, at 9:30pm.

Greg Davies, who plays crime scene cleaner Wicky emphasises on Twitter how much fun the cast had.

'The Statue' sees Wicky called to sort out a bizarre statue (yes, that's it in the background in the photo above!). But Zoe's character, Lucille, has other ideas - and she's as stubborn as Wicky is tall!

If you miss 'The Statue', remember you can stream the programme on the BBC iPlayer instead.

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Don't miss your chance to see Pictures from Home!

21 April 2023 16:44

Time is running out to catch Pictures from Home on Broadway! The last performance takes place on 30 April.

Zoë and her co-stars, Nathan Lane and Danny Burstein, have received standing ovation after standing ovation at Studio 54. The stunning, touching play is based on a 1992 photo memoir by Larry Sultan, an American photographer who photographed his parents over many years, turning their domestic life into art. Zoë plays Sultan's mother, Jean.

There are some great clips from the production in these new videos. It's also wonderful to see theatregoers' reactions.

You can book tickets for Pictures from Home via the show's website.

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Streaming now: Shadow and Bone plus The Cleaner

25 March 2023 22:17

Whether it’s epic drama or black comedy that appeals most, there’s a new TV show featuring Zoë that you’re bound to enjoy!

Shadow and Bone season two

Released worldwide on 16 March, Netflix’s stunning second season of Shadow and Bone sees Zoë’s enigmatic Baghra imprisoned and The Darkling (who’s played with great relish by Ben Barnes) out of control.

In the eight-episode season, Baghra is pushed to her limits and forced to revisit her troubled past. Zoë is receiving tremendous praise from viewers for her compelling performance.

The Cleaner season two, episode five

The second season of witty comedy The Cleaner debuted in the UK on BBC One last night. All of the episodes are now available to watch on the BBC iPlayer.

In episode five, ‘The Statue’, crime-scene cleaner Wicky (Greg Davies) meets Zoe’s haughty Lucille. She refuses to let him clean a rather bizarre eyesore – and unfortunately for Wicky, she’s as determined as he is tall...

'Greg is too tall for his own good, our fight with mops was a highlight. The crew were delightful, we had fun, it was a pleasure,' Zoë told the BBC Media Centre.

Good to know the programme was as enjoyable to make as it is to watch!

Thank you again, Janet, for your help.

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Zoë's fascinating Conversations on Broadway interview

25 March 2023 21:26

Every Zoë Wanamaker fan has reason to be very grateful indeed to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. This US organisation, which champions the performing arts, recently organised a fascinating, in-depth interview with Zoë and her Pictures from Home co-stars, Nathan Lane and Danny Burstein, as part of its Conversations on Broadway series. It has now shared that interview, which took place on 10 March in front of a highly appreciative audience, on YouTube for us all to enjoy.

Running for almost an hour and a half, and hosted by presenter and Broadway expert Richard Ridge, the interview is an absolute delight. It encompasses everything from the actors’ Broadway debuts to the close bond they’ve developed while working on their emotive, humorous play (which is booking until the end of April). The interview has serious moments, but there are also plenty of funny stories. I love Zoë’s laugh!

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation has shared the interview as part of a fundraising drive. If you enjoy watching it and have a few dollars to spare, you may wish to make a donation via YouTube and help the organisation to continue supporting performers and children’s literacy.

The play’s stars are close friends

The interview clearly shows just how much Zoë, Nathan Lane and Danny Burstein enjoy each other’s company. In fact, that’s the subject of a lovely new video from the Pictures from Home publicity team.

‘They’re both brilliant artists,’ emphasises Burstein in the video. He describes Zoë and Nathan Lane as very good friends of his.

Their friendship must make working on Pictures from Home rather wonderful. Here are some newly released photos of the trio behind the scenes.

Thank you, Janet, for your help during a busy week!

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