'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.
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.
15 December 2014 00:18
ZoŽ was among the special guests at newspaper-owner Evgeny Lebedev's glamorous Christmas party in London last week. She was photographed at the event with Shirley Bassey for the Daily Mail.
Other attendees included Lindsay Lohan, Helen Mirren, Bob Geldof, Gemma Arterton and many other well-known faces.
11 December 2014 17:24
ZoŽ has kindly donated a very special prize to Youth Music Theatre UK, of which she is a patron, as part of its charity fundraising auctions. The winner of Zoeís auction, which runs on eBay until 18 December, will receive two tickets to watch Stevie at Hampstead Theatre in London and have the opportunity to meet her there.
The money raised by the auction will help YMT, the UKís leading music theatre charity for young people, to continue training the next generation of talented performers, musicians, directors, writers, composers, choreographers and theatre technicians. In ZoŽ's words, ĎYMT is an organisation that really does change lives!í
This is a fantastic prize for a very worthy cause. Good luck to all bidders!
10 December 2014 01:43
In January the BFI will screen not one but two rare TV shows featuring ZoŽ, as well as one of her most successful films.
First up is Memento Mori, a 1992 comedy-drama, adapted from Muriel Spark's novel of the same name. Zoe plays Olive, the young acquaintance of a group of elderly friends plagued by mysterious, disturbing phonecalls in 1950s London. Memento Mori is described by the BFI as Ďtechnically perfectí and Ďbeautifully castí Ė ZoŽ appears alongside a host of other well-known actors including Maggie Smith, Stephanie Cole, Thora Hird and Michael Hordern. There are two opportunities to watch the programme: it will be screened on 11 January (6:10pm) and 14 January (8:30pm), as part of the BFIís celebration of Maggie Smithís work.
The BFI will screen the satirical Once in a Lifetime on 29 January (6:10pm). George S. Kaufman and Moss Hartís play, adapted here for TV, focuses on the introduction of Ďtalkiesí in late-1920s Hollywood. ZoŽ stars as May, part of a band of down-on-their-luck vaudeville performers who try their hand at giving elocution lessons to silent film stars. This 1988 programme features ZoŽís second appearance in the role Ė she won the 1979 Society of West End Theatre Award (now known as Olivier Award) for her portrayal of May in the RSCís staging of Once in a Lifetime. Also reprising his role from that stage production is David Suchet. The screening is part of the BFIís season about American playwrightsí work on the British small screen.
Coincidentally, TheKaufmanPlays.com, a tribute to George S. Kaufman and his writings, has published ZoŽ's recollections of her experience of Once in a Lifetime. Reading, rehearsing and performing the play, she emphasises, made her feel closer to her American roots. In Zoeís words, ĎI was introduced back to where I came fromí.
Another BFI event of interest to ZoŽís fans is the return to the big screen of Harry Potter and the Philosopherís Stone (2001), which also forms part of the Maggie Smith season. The film, in which ZoŽ memorably portrays Quidditch teacher Madam Hooch, will be shown on 22 January (5:50pm) and again on 31 January (3:10pm).
All of the cinema screenings mentioned above will take place at the BFI Southbank in London. Tickets for each are now available, but numbers are very limited, and so I would recommend booking early.