Zoë Wanamaker is an American-born English actress who trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Zoë is best known to us as Susan, the long-suffering wife of...Read More
Zoë Wanamaker is an American-born English actress who trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Zoë is best known to us as Susan, the long-suffering wife of dentist Ben on BBC sitcom My Family (2000-2011) which earned her a prestigious Rose d’Or Golden Rose award for Best Sitcom Actress in 2005.
She began her career in theatre as a member of Royal Shakespeare Company and won Best Actress Olivier Awards for her performances in Once in a Lifetime (1979) at the National Theatre and Electra (1997) at the Donmar Warehouse. She has also received Tony Award nominations for her performances in Electra (1999) and Awake and Sing (2006). In 2008 she undertook the role of ever sarcastic Beatrice in Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado about Nothing (2008) at the National Theatre and in 2010 portrayed Kate Keller in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre which won her the Best Actress award from WhatsOnStage.com in 2010.
Zoë‘s other notable television roles include Tessa in rom-com television series Love Hurts (1992-1994), which won her the Best Actress at the Broadcasting Press Guild Award in 1993, her recurring role of Ariadne Oliver in Agatha Christie: Poirot (2005-2013), as well as her role as The Woman in Sandie Toksvig’s ominous drama The Man (2012), part of the Playhouse Presents series on Sky Arts.
On the big screen Zoë has portrayed a diverse range of characters including Ada Leverson in the biographical film of Oscar Wilde’s life Wilde (1997), Madame Hooch in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (2001), Martha in Five Children and It (2004) and most recently Paula Strasberg in My Week with Marilyn (2011) which won the Capri Ensemble Cast Award in 2011.Read Less
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