Zoe Wanamaker

Actor
American-born character player Zoe Wanamaker, daughter of actor-director Sam Wanamaker, moved at the age of three to England, where her father championed the rebuilding of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. Not ... Read more »
Born: 05/13/1949 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (30)

My Week With Marilyn 2011 (Movie)

Paula Strasberg (Actor)

It's a Wonderful Afterlife 2010 (Movie)

Mrs. Goldman (Actor)

Hercule Poirot, Series IX 2009 (Tv Show)

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The Old Curiosity Shop 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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My Family 2000 - 2004, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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The Kumars At No. 42 (BBC) 2000 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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Miss Marple: A Murder is Announced 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Five Children and It 2004 (Movie)

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 (Movie)

Madame Hooch (Actor)

David Copperfield 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The Man Who Saw the Future 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Swept From the Sea 1998 (Movie)

Mary Foster (Actor)

Wilde 1998 (Movie)

Ada Leverson (Actor)

Macbeth 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Memento Mori 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Blackheath Poisonings 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Countess Alice 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Prime Suspect 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Raggedy Rawney 1990 (Movie)

Elle (Actor)

Ball-Trap on the Cote Sauvage 1988 (Movie)

Sarah Marriot (Actor)

Edge of Darkness 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Piaf 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Fat Chance (TV Show)

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Gormenghast (TV Show)

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Inside the Third Reich (TV Show)

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Once in a Lifetime (TV Show)

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Paradise Postponed (TV Show)

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Biography

American-born character player Zoe Wanamaker, daughter of actor-director Sam Wanamaker, moved at the age of three to England, where her father championed the rebuilding of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. Not blessed with the cute nose or sensual mouth of the ingenue, she put her "interesting" looks to good service in repertory of the highest possible standard, performing extensively at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, in roles ranging from classical (Viola in "Twelfth Night") to musical comedy (Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls"). American audiences cheered her as Toine in "Piaf" (1981) and as Fay in "Loot" (1986), both performances earning her Tony nominations as Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play.

Relationships

Gawn Grainger

Husband
married in 1994 she had been friendly with he and his first wife Janet Key who died of cancer

Jessica Wanamaker

Sister
born c. 1954

Sam Wanamaker Actor

Father
Inspiration behind the rebuilding of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London died after long battle with cancer on December 18, 1993

Charlotte Wanamaker

Mother
died of a brain tumor in 1997

Abby Wanamaker

Sister

EDUCATION

Central School of Speech and Drama

London , England

Milestones

2001

Had leading role in the London premiere of David Mamet's play "Boston Marriage"

2001

Played Madame Hooch in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"

2001

Acted in the British TV series "Adrian Mole: The Cappucino Years"

1998

Reprised "Electra" opposite Claire Bloom at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey and later on Broadway

1997

Portrayed Sophocles' "Electra" on the London Stage

1997

Delivered a short prologue before the grand premiere of the Globe Theatre in London

1997

Appeared in four-part miniseries "A Dance to the Music of Time", based on the Anthony Powell novel; originally broadcast in the UK on Channel 4

1997

Acted in two feature films, "Wilde" and "Swept From the Sea"

1995

Appeared as Amanda Wingfield in London stage production of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie"

1993

Played Connie, middle-aged daughter to Wendy Hiller's Countess Von Holzendorf, in "The Countess Alice" on "Masterpiece Theatre"; also hosted

1993

Provided voice of Lady Macbeth in "Macbeth" for HBO's "Shakespeare: The Animated Tales"

1992

Starred opposite Adam Faith in BBC-1 series "Love Hurts"; applauded for presenting a careful observation of a forty-something character struggling to combine late motherhood and a career

1992

Acted in "Masterpiece Theatre" (PBS) performance of "Memento Mori" along with Maggie Smith and Michael Horden

1991

Co-starred in Granada TV's award-winning four-hour drama "Prime Suspect", featuring Helen Mirren as Det. Chief Insp. Jane Tennison; seen in this country on PBS' "Mystery!"

1988

Starred as May Daniels in London production of Kauffman and Hart's "Once in a Lifetime", taped for PBS' "Great Performances"

1988

Portrayed Elle in Bob Hoskins' feature "The Raggedy Rawney"

1987

Appeared in NBC miniseries "Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story"

1986

Acted in Thames TV series "Paradise Postponed"

1986

Received second Tony nomination playing Fay in "Loot"

1982

Portrayed Annemarie Kempf in ABC miniseries "Inside the Third Reich"

1981

Nominated for a Featured Actress Tony for her performance as Toine in "Piaf", an RSC production which moved to New York

1952

Moved with her family to England at the age of three (date approximate)

Made her professional debut with the Manchester 69 Company (later the Royal Exchange) as Hermia in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Performances for the Royal Shakespeare Company included Viola in "Twelfth Night", Adriana in "A Comedy of Errors", Kitty Duval in William Saroyan's "The Time of Your Life" and Kattrin in Bertolt Brecht's "Mother Courage", among many others

Starred on London stage in "Battle Royal"

Appeared in a National Theatre production of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"

Bonus Trivia

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Wanamaker is a vice-president of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society. She became an advocate for assisted suicide after watching her father's demise from terminal cancer. His unsuccessful attempt to take his life by taking an overdose of diamorphine left him in a coma, and though his three daughters talked of smothering him, none of them could go through with it.

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She was made an honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in December 2000.

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