'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.
Guestbook - To sign the guestbook, please click the picture below. Your comments are much appreciated.
24 December 2014 03:09
ZoŽ appears briefly in the penultimate episode of Portrait Artist of the Year 2014, broadcast yesterday on Sky Arts 1 and currently available on Sky Go. She praises the work of Cicely Berry, the Royal Shakespeare Company's renowned voice director, whose portrait was painted by one of the competition's finalists, the talented Aine Divine.
'She made language, for me, rich and fluid and sexy,' ZoŽ remarks about Berry, who has worked with the RSC for forty-five years and in 2000 was awarded The Sam Wanamaker Prize for pioneering work in theatre. 'Her eyes are full of warmth and gentleness. There is a wonderful gentleness, and there's a wit,' she adds.
While performing a variety of Shakespearean and other roles for the RSC, during the late 1970s and 80s, ZoŽ worked extensively with the voice director on such notable stage productions as Piaf (1978), Twelfth Night and The Comedy of Errors (both 1983).
Zoe has previously spoken about Berry's voice coaching work as part of a 2011 feature about the voice director on the BBC's regional current affairs series, Inside Out (as shown in the video below). In the feature Berry is seen leading a workshop about Shakespeare's use of language in order to inspire Wolverhampton teenagers.
Berry's methods encourage actors to feel language physically. As a result, a play's 'language becomes part of you,' Zoe explains in the programme. She fondly recalls 'the joy of that [experience]'.
19 December 2014 23:10
ITV has today released this fantastic trailer for the third series of Mr Selfridge, the lavish costume drama inspired by the American founder of Selfridges department store in London, in which ZoŽ will play Russian princess Marie Wiasemsky.
Marieís son, Serge, is set to marry retail magnate Harry Selfridgeís eldest daughter, Rosalie, but trouble is brewing for the young couple and their families. As the tense trailer shows, the recently widowed Harry is in danger of losing his grip on his hard-won retail empire, while an old enemy of the entrepreneur is looking for revenge.
Mr Selfridge will return to TV screens in the UK during January (broadcast dates to be announced) on ITV1, while US viewers can catch the series from 20 March on PBS.
17 December 2014 20:38
ZoŽ was the special guest on this lunchtime's episode of ITV's culinary-themed, festive chat show, Let's Do Christmas... With Gino & Mel. She joined the presenters, chef Gino D'Acampo and Melanie Sykes, in the kitchen to help prepare seasonal dishes.
ZoŽ chatted to the duo about the eagerly anticipated next series of Mr Selfridge, in which she plays a feisty princess, Marie, who, she remarked, is always 'living on the edge'. Excitingly, Let's Do Christmas included our first look at Zoe in-character, below.
Gino and Mel presented Zoe with a lovely Christmas gift: an original theatre programme from Once in a Lifetime (1978), the RSC production for which she won her first Olivier award. In the play she starred alongside David Suchet and the late Richard Griffiths, who is pictured with Zoe on the programme's cover, below. (Coincidentally, the 1988 TV version of Once in a Lifetime, in which Zoe also appears, will be shown at the BFI at the end of January).
If you missed Zoe's appearance on Letís Do Christmas or would like to see it again, youíll be pleased to know that you can watch the programme on ITVís player any time for the next thirty days.
16 December 2014 01:52
There are now just over two days left to bid for the opportunity to watch Stevie and meet ZoŽ, with Youth Music Theatre UK's charity auction. The winner of the auction will receive two tickets to next year's eagerly anticipated transfer of Hugh Whitemore's play to Hampstead Theatre, in London, and get to chat to Zoe.
The auction is raising funds to help YMT continue its work as the UKís leading music theatre charity for young people. You have until just after 12:45pm (UK time) on 18 December to place your bids.
Good luck to all bidders!
15 December 2014 01:17
ZoŽ provides the voice of Rosa in a new short film, Captcha, which will receive its premiere screening in January as part of the London Short Film Festival's 'New Shorts: Futureworlds' event.
The film, described by its director, Edward Tracy, as a 'film noir thriller with a touch of romance' is set in a steampunked, 1940s London. It explores how love can be used as a weapon. Other cast members include Zoe's Mr Selfridge co-star Amy Beth Hayes, as well as Arthur Darvill, Nigel Lindsay, Danny Babington and Kayvan Novak.
Tickets are available for the screening, which will take place on 15 January at 9pm in the Hackney Picturehouse, alongside screenings of several other sci-fi film shorts.
Captcha, made by Too Tall Productions, has already won awards including Best International Film at the Sci-Fi Film Festival in Australia. The production team has announced that it could be released worldwide next year.