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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Remembering Kay Mellor and rediscovering Girlfriends

18 May 2022 17:50

You may have heard that Kay Mellor, the trailblazing British scriptwriter, sadly passed away on 15 May. The team at her production company, Rollem Productions, calls her 'a phenomenal talent and a true luminary'.

Mellor created and scripted Girlfriends, the 2018 ITV drama starring Zoë, Miranda Richardson and Phyllis Logan - and it was undoubtedly a trailblazer too. As BBC News pointed out at the time, Girlfriends stands out because it 'focuses on an under-represented group on British TV - older women'. It even featured on ITV News at Ten for this reason.

Girlfriends showcases the talents of its writer and stars

Girlfriends, which was a hit with audiences in both the UK and US, exemplifies what made Kay Mellor a superb writer: rollicking good storylines and strong female characters. Plus it reaffirms the importance of friendship and sticking together - another hallmark of her work.

Zoe's character, Gail, is caring for her grandson and elderly mother, forever putting everyone else's needs above her own. Magazine features editor Sue (Miranda Richardson) has a glamorous, affluent lifestyle - but she still faces major challenges. They both rally round long-standing friend Linda (Phyllis Logan), a housewife who's in need of their support after the loss of her husband.

Zoë found the drama compelling

Interviewed about Girlfriends when it was first shown, Zoë emphasised that she loved the concept of the series from the outset. 'I read three episodes and thought they were really good [...] It was something different for me as [put-upon Gail is] not the kind of part I'd normally do and I have been a big fan of Kay's work for many years'.

Rediscover Girlfriends on the ITV Hub

Now feels like an appropriate time to rediscover Girlfriends (or watch it for the first time) and marvel at Kay Mellor's writing and the quality of the acting. The full series is available free to UK viewers on the ITV Hub. In fact, Girlfriends is currently featured on the ITV Hub homepage, which invites viewers to 'commemorate [Mellor's] life with her drama series'.

If you'd like to add Girlfriends to your DVD collection, you'll be pleased to hear there are Region 1 and Region 2 versions. Another option is to stream it on Acorn TV on Amazon US or Amazon UK.

However you choose to watch Girlfriends, I'm certain you'll come away with renewed appreciation of the power of friendship - and British drama.

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Happy birthday, Zoë!

13 May 2022 04:20

Wishing wonderful Zoë an equally wonderful birthday <3

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Constellations re-released to celebrate Oliviers success

3 May 2022 19:08

The Donmar Warehouse has re-released its fabulous filmed version of Constellations, which was originally available last year, to celebrate the West End show’s recent Olivier Awards success. Nick Payne’s acclaimed multiverse play, starring Zoë and Peter Capaldi alongside three other casts, won the Best Revival Olivier at the prestigious ceremony in April.

Here's how the Donmar announced the re-release on Instagram.

Constellations was staged at the Vaudeville Theatre in summer 2021. Now, wherever you are in the world, you have the opportunity to stream digital versions of this bold yet intimate production on the Donmar On Demand website. You could watch Zoë and Peter Capaldi bring multiple versions of their characters’ relationship to life (which adds a whole new dimension to will-they-won’t-they storylines!) for £7.50 for 24 hours’ access. Alternatively, watch all four casts for £20 and receive 14 days’ access.

Captioned and audio-described versions are available, and you can check out the Constellations trailer below.

You have until 25 May to catch this ‘stellar revival’ (in the Guardian’s words) of Constellations. Enjoy!

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Meet Zoë at London Film and Comic Con 2022!

22 April 2022 14:05

Major events organiser Showmasters has revealed that Zoë is among the special guests set to attend the 2022 London Film & Comic Con. She’s due to appear at the famous convention, which will take place at Olympia London, on Saturday 9 July from 10 am to 6 pm. (Please note the convention runs from 8-10 July, but Zoë has just signed up for the 9th.)

Photoshoots and autograph sessions

This is a wonderful – and rare – opportunity to meet Zoë briefly in order to have your photo taken with her by a professional photographer and/or obtain a personally signed photo featuring her amazing signature!

Cosplay is popular at LFCC, so if you wanted you could dress up as one of Zoe’s most memorable characters – Madam Hooch from Harry Potter, Cassandra from Doctor Who or Baghra from Shadow and Bone, perhaps.

Zoë’s first convention since 2017

Schedule permitting, LFCC 2022 will be Zoë’s second appearance at a convention. Her first was at LFCC 2017, when hundreds of fans enjoyed meeting her (she’s pictured below signing autographs on the day).

LFCC 2022 tickets available now

Tickets for LFCC 2022 are on sale now; fans who’d like to meet Zoë will need an entry ticket valid for 9 July plus a photoshoot ticket and/or an autograph ticket. It seems the autograph tickets haven’t been released just yet, unlike the others, so do keep a lookout for them.

Huge thanks to Deike and Karoline for the 2017 convention photo.

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Constellations wins Olivier Award for Best Revival

16 April 2022 02:20

Congratulations to Zoë and everyone else involved in Constellations! Having wowed theatregoers last summer, Nick Payne’s ‘multiverse’ play has won Best Revival at the Olivier Awards 2022.

The prestigious ceremony, which celebrates London's theatre industry, was held at the city’s Royal Albert Hall on 10 April. Highlights were broadcast to UK viewers on ITV1, while viewers outside the UK could watch the proceedings on the Official London Theatre YouTube channel.

On stage and streamed worldwide

A dazzling yet intimate show, Constellations explored different versions of a couple’s relationship. It starred Zoë alongside Peter Capaldi and three other casts (Sheila Atim & Ivanno Jeremiah, Omari Douglas & Russell Tovey, and Anna Maxwell Martin & Chris O’Dowd). Produced by the Donmar Warehouse, staged at the Vaudeville Theatre and subsequently streamed around the world, Constellations helped to bring theatre back to eager audiences after months of pandemic-related closures.

‘Theatre is an experience and a shared event, and I think people are really starved of that,’ Zoë told London’s Evening Standard at the time.

Critical acclaim for this ‘stellar revival’

Check out the Constellations rehearsal photos and production photos if you’d like to refresh your memory of the show. BroadwayWorld UK’s five-star review described Zoe’s portrayal of quirky quantum physicist Marianne as ‘brilliant’. In the Guardian’s words, the production was ‘a stellar revival’ – and the Olivier Awards judges clearly agreed with the newspaper.

Zoe wasn’t able to attend the Oliviers ceremony, but Constellations’ director, Michael Longhurst, was there to collect the award on behalf of the actors and production team. During his acceptance speech, he pointed out that the play had originally been performed (with a different cast) ten years ago, and its 2021 revival was ‘dreamt up in the middle of lockdown’. A beautiful piece of theatre emerged from terrible times.

Director praises Zoë and the other actors

The director praised the playwright and actors. ‘I am so grateful to Nick Payne for his beautiful words that allowed us to bring four different casts [to the stage], who trusted that their own unique brilliance would make us celebrate our shared humanity’.

Longhurst’s words will, I’m sure, strike a chord with many people who watched Constellations live and/or online. It’s one of the most witty, playful, moving plays I’ve ever had the privilege to see and is all the more remarkable for being staged during an incredibly challenging time for the theatre industry when so many restrictions were in place. Constellations’ Olivier award success is richly deserved.

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