Constellations on demand

West End hit Constellations, starring ZoŽ as quantum physicist Marianne and Peter Capaldi as beekeper Roland, is available to watch online. You can rent it half-price from Donmar On Demand until 31 January.

Shadow and Bone

ZoŽ plays Baghra, a stern teacher, in this major new fantasy series based on Leigh Bardugoís bestselling Grishaverse novels. Streaming now on Netflix.

Britannia

The third series of Sky Atlantic's epic drama about the Romans invading ancient Britain stars ZoŽ as vengeful Queen Antedia. Streaming now on Sky, NOW and other services.

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Netflix releases full Shadow and Bone trailer - it's epic!

10 April 2021 01:43

If you thought the teaser trailer was exciting, wait until you see the full trailer for Grishaverse fantasy series Shadow and Bone, which was recently unveiled by Netflix.

ZoŽ's character, the mysterious Baghra, was introduced to audiences last month. The new trailer offers us another glimpse of Baghra's strict methods as she teaches young Alina how to harness her newfound sun-summoning power.

'Good girl,' says Baghra when Alina puts on an impressive display of her magical abilities, adding ominously, 'Now the work begins.'

If, like me, you can't wait to watch the full series, you'll be pleased to hear that all eight episodes of Shadow and Bone will be available to stream on Netflix from 23 April. Look out for ZoŽ in episode three, 'The Making at the Heart of the World'.

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Agatha and Poirot: new documentary featuring ZoŽ coming to ITV this Easter

30 March 2021 14:56

Having played Ariadne Oliver, the delightfully eccentric crime writer and amateur sleuth, to perfection in several episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot (opposite the equally brilliant David Suchet), ZoŽ has undoubtedly gained some valuable insights into literary icon Christie and her much-loved creations.

Now, thanks to a feature-length ITV documentary, Agatha & Poirot: Partners in Crime, she can share her thoughts with us. As ITV remarks, 'Agatha & Poirot features an all-star cast of Christie enthusiasts and experts, including actors Zoe Wanamaker, Hugh Fraser, Amanda Abbington, Lesley Joseph, Danny John Jules and Caroline Quentin.'

What aspects of the Poirot novels and TV adaptations do you hope the documentary will cover? I'd love to hear about the enduring friendship between Ariadne and Poirot, as well as the similarities between the fictional crime writer and her creator, the Queen of Crime.

Agatha & Poirot: Partners in Crime will be one of the TV highlights over the Easter long weekend. You can catch it on 5 April at 9 pm on ITV. If you'd like to refresh your memory of Zoe's appearances in TV's Poirot before then, you can stream episodes on BritBox and Amazon Prime Video.

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First look: ZoŽ as Baghra in Netflix Shadow and Bone

20 March 2021 01:41

Netflix has released a short yet compelling clip from fantasy epic Shadow and Bone, featuring ZoŽ as Baghra, as well as a photo from the series (you can click on it for a larger version). This is the first time we've seen her in the role, and doesn't she look brilliant!

In the video, the mysterious Baghra is teaching heroine Alina Starkov (played by Jessie Mei Li) how to harness her incredible powers. 'Bring the light,' Baghra growls before striking Alina's knuckles. Ouch!

'Baghra does not mess around,' remarked Leigh Bardugo, the author of the Grishaverse novels that inspired the series, in response to the clip.

Shadow and Bone fans have greeted this introduction to Baghra with great enthusiasm. Here are a few tweets that caught my eye:

'ZoŽ Wanamaker as Baghra is iconic' - @alliejademann

'zoŽ wanamaker as baghra is the best casting in the show hands down' - @zoyasrin

'Zoe Wanamaker as Baghra, living legend plays fantasy legend' - @hannsabel

There's just over a month to wait now until we can watch all eight episodes of Shadow and Bone, with ZoŽ set to appear in the third, 'The Making at the Heart of the World'. You can stream the show on Netflix from 23 April.

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ZoŽ supports Theatre Artists Fund to help struggling freelancers

20 March 2021 00:29

16 March 2021 marked exactly a year since the UK's theatres, including Shakespeare's Globe, were forced to close due to the pandemic. They're not expected to re-open until late spring or summer.

A survey by the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre Association reveals that venues have lost millions of pounds and freelance workers in the theatre industry are struggling to support themselves.

With the industry in crisis, ZoŽ has joined a host of other well-known actors, including Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Michaela Coel and Hugh Jackman, in highlighting the plight of freelancers and raising awareness of the Theatre Artists Fund, which provides emergency financial aid. As you can see from Zoe's photo, they're using the hashtags #TheatreArtistsFund, #FirstInLastOut (theatre workers were first into lockdown and will be among the last able to return to work) and #16March or #March16 to spread the word.

You can apply for support (current deadline: 30 March) or donate to the Theatre Artists Fund on the organisation's website.

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First look at Netflix's Shadow and Bone plus more news

27 February 2021 18:01

Netflix's Shadow and Bone trailer

Just over a year after filming finished, Netflix has unveiled the highly anticipated trailer for Shadow and Bone, a big-budget adaptation of Leigh Bardugo's gripping Grishaverse novels. Judging by the jaw-dropping visual effects and cinematic style, the wait has certainly been worthwhile! The trailer only appeared yesterday but has already garnered well over a million views on YouTube.

We're still waiting for a glimpse of ZoŽ as Baghra, but there is a release date, at least. The epic fantasy series comes to Netflix on 23 April, so not long to wait now!

Radio 4 charity appeal for LSN

On Twitter, ZoŽ and her PA, Vanessa, have drawn attention to a forthcoming Radio 4 appeal for a charity close to ZoŽ's heart.

The Lymphoedema Support Network (LSN), of which she's a patron, helps people affected by the condition across the UK. You can find out more about the LSN's work and how to donate on Radio 4's website during what is, of course, a challenging time for charities. The appeal itself will air on 7 March, just before 8 am.

'GonzoŽ' on House of Games

If you watch BBC Two's popular teatime quiz, Richard Osman's House of Games, you may have seen ZoŽ make an appearance (of sorts) recently...

The Answer Smash round involves joining two words together, often with amusing or quirky results. In the episode shown on 22 February, the contestants were asked to combine the name ZoŽ Wanamaker with the name of one of the Muppets (The Great Gonzo, no less!) to create a new word: GonzoŽ Wanamaker!

Thanks to Karoline for making me aware of the trailer.

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