'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:
  • Clara's Song (Royal Academy of Arts, London; 30 November): ZoŽ will play German musician Clara Schumann in this one-off musical performance, written by Zoe's husband, Gawn Grainger.
  • Let's Do Christmas... With Gino & Mel (ITV1; broadcast date TBA): ZoŽ will be a special guest on this culinary-themed chat show.
  • Stevie (Hampstead Theatre, London; 6 March-18 April 2015): ZoŽ will reprise her role as quirky poet Stevie Smith in this revival of Hugh Whitemore's play.
  • Mr Selfridge (ITV1; 2015 broadcast dates TBA): ZoŽ will play 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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BFI to screen ZoŽ's Countess Alice

24 July 2014 18:37

On 29 August there will be a rare opportunity to watch The Countess Alice, the marvellous drama in which ZoŽ stars alongside Wendy Hiller, at the BFI on London's South Bank.

Originally broadcast in 1992, The Countess Alice, which focuses on family secrets in the aftermath of the Second World War, will be screened as part of a season of programmes celebrating the director Moira Armstrong. Zoe plays Connie (pictured above), who returns to her ancestral home in Germany against her mother's wishes.

To buy tickets for the screening, please visit the BFI's website. As only a relatively small number are available, I recommend booking early.


ZoŽ joins David Suchet, Lesley Manville and others at press night for Shakespeare in Love

24 July 2014 16:23

With Shakespeare's Globe and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse delighting theatregoers on London's South Bank, ZoŽ and her family's connection with the work of Shakespeare is well known.

Yesterday, ZoŽ attended the press night of Shakespeare in Love and has today tweeted that it was 'delightful, magical & passionate'. The show imagines how falling in love with a noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps, might affect the writing of young Will Shakespeare. The show's website describes Shakespeare in Love as a 'sweeping romantic comedy' that 'will transport you back to Shakespeare's London, teeming with vibrant colours, characters, music and life'.

ZoŽ was photographed, looking smart and summery at the NoŽl Coward Theatre in London, for the play's Facebook page, Official London Theatre's Facebook page, Getty Images, Demotix, Newzulu and Photoshelter. Other well-known faces on the red carpet included Zoe's Poirot co-stars David Suchet and Lesley Manville, as well as Hattie Morahan, and Tom Stoppard (who co-wrote the 1998 film version of Shakespeare in Love).


ZoŽ joins Alan Rickman, Joanna Lumley, Bill Nighy and more for special church audio guide

23 July 2014 16:36

ZoŽ and a host of other well-known actors, including Alan Rickman, Joanna Lumley, Bill Nighy, Mark Rylance, Tim Piggott-Smith and Celia Imrie, have recorded a special audio guide to St Mary's Church in Fairford, Gloucestershire, which features the most complete set of late medieval stained glass windows in England.

As Broadway World reports, Zoe and her fellow contributors gave their time and voice talents free-of-charge to the guide. It was written by director and producer Nicolas Kent, Geoff Hawkes, who is Chairman of the Fairford History Society, and the late Denys Hodson, the former Vice-Chairman of the Arts Council, who helped to raise more than £1 million to restore the stained glass windows.

For visitor information, please see St Mary's Church's website.

Updated 31 July: BBC News reports that the audio guide is so successful that visitor numbers to St Mary's Church have doubled.


Photo of ZoŽ at Brasil Brasileiro's press night

20 July 2014 16:08

Sadler's Wells has added a nice photo of Zoe, from Brasil Brasileiro's press night on 10 July, to its Facebook page.

Don't forget to watch Zoe's interview at the event, if you haven't seen it already, in which she discussed her role in ITV drama Mr Selfridge!

Updated 24 July: Zoe has today tweeted how much she enjoyed Brasil Brasileiro, commenting that 'It's a great celebration, not only of dance but of a culture.'


Ariadne Oliver's final Poirot appearances to air in the US

19 July 2014 21:07

The New York Times reports, in an excellent interview with David Suchet, that the final series of Agatha Christie's Poirot (in which he stars as the detective) will be broadcast in the US from next Sunday.

The TV series was shown in the UK last year. It includes the last two episodes to feature Zoe's popular character, Ariadne Oliver: 'Dead Man's Folly' and 'Elephants Can Remember'. The interview includes a great photo of Zoe with David Suchet from the former episode.

US viewers can watch 'Dead Man's Folly' on 3 August, 9pm ET, on PBS stations. 'Elephants Can Remember' will follow on 11 August on streaming service Acorn TV.


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