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Zoe Wanamaker

ZoŽ Wanamaker has starred in over 50 stage productions and over 40 television shows.

She has been nominated for three Tony Awards for her lead performance in David Leveaux's Electra (for which she also won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress), the role of Toine in Howard Davies' New York and London productions of Piaf and the role of Fay in John Tillinger's production of Loot. She has also won a Drama Award for her portrayal as Kattrin (and been nominated for a Laurence Oliver Award) in Davies' production of Mother Courage.

In the U.K., Wanamaker has been nominated for a staggering 10 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Actress, as well as winning the award for Electra. These nominations were for: Sam Mendes' The Glass Menagerie; Terry Johnson's Dead Funny; David Thacker's The Last Yankee; Howard Davies' The Crucible; Trevor Nunn's Othello and Once in a Lifetime; Howard Davies' Mother Courage and Time of Your Life; Adrian Noble's A Comedy of Errors and John Caird's Twelfth Night.

Most recently, Wanamaker starred in David Mamet's Boston Marriage at the Donmar Warehouse. Other notable productions include: Howard Davies' Battle Royal and After Aida; David Hare's The Bay at Nice and Wrecked Eggs; Peter Hall's The Importance of Being Earnest; Bill Alexander's Captain Swing and Clifford Williams' Wild Oats.

Wanamaker is also an accomplished and extremely popular television actress. She received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in NBC's Poor Little Rich Girl and in the U.K. she received a BAFTA nomination for her role in Lynda La Plante's Prime Suspect. Most recently she starred in My Family, Simon Curtis' production of David Copperfield for the BBC (which also featured Daniel Radcliffe), the BBC's Gormanghast, The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd, Countess Alice and Momento Mori.

She is perhaps best known to viewers for playing opposite Adam Faith in the BBC's Love Hurts.

Feature film credits include Beeban Kidron's Swept from the Sea; Brian Gilbert's Wilde; Bob Hoskins' Raggedy Rawney; Tony Scott's The Hunger and Martin Chomsky's Inside the Third Reich: The Last 10 Days of Hitler.

Wanamaker was made a CBE in last year's New Year's Honours List and is also an Artistic Director and is on the Board of Directors at the Globe Theatre in London.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Zoe Wanamaker Facts

OccupationActress
BirthdayMay 13, 1949 (68)
SignTaurus
BirthplaceNew York, USA
Height5' 3½" (1m61)  How tall is Zoe Wanamaker compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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