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Zoe Wanamaker

Biography

Tony Prize nominee who appeared in the Harry Potter film franchise and starred on the favorite UK sitcom MY CHILDREN. She has gained multiple Olivier Honours for her efforts to theater. She went to Sidcot College, a United kingdom boarding college. Many people found understand her as Madam Hooch, who trained a Harry Potter. She wedded British stage professional Gawn Grainger in 1994. She acquired a job in the 2011 film, My Week with Marilyn, which starred Michelle Williams.

Quick Facts


Full Name Zoë Wanamaker
Date Of Birth May 13, 1949
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Height 1.61 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Sidcot School, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, King Alfred School, London
Nationality American, British, English
Spouse Gawn Grainger
Parents Sam Wanamaker, Charlotte Holland
Siblings Jessica Wanamaker, Abby Wanamaker
Awards Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, Laurence Olivier Award for Actress of the Year in a Revival, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance, WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actress in a Play
Nominations Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role, British Academy Television Award for Best Actress, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
Movies Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone, My Week with Marilyn, Five Children and It, Wilde, It's a Wonderful Afterlife, The Raggedy Rawney, Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story, A Waste of Shame, The Old Curiosity Shop, The Countess Alice, Swept from the Sea, A Murder Is Announced, Muse of Fire, Othello, Inside the Third Reich, Baal, The Real Amityville Horror, Captcha, Memento Mori, The English Wife, Poirot: Third Girl, Johnny and the Bomb, Enemy of the State, The Dark, Fat Chance
TV Shows Mr Selfridge, Agatha Christie's Poirot, My Family, Prime Suspect, Johnny And The Bomb, Love Hurts, Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story, Paradise Postponed, David Copperfield, The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns, Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years, The Blackheath Poisonings, Playhouse Presents, Gormenghast, Love on the Rocks
Star Sign Taurus

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#Fact
1Sister of Amy Wanamaker and Jessica Wanamaker.
2Cousin of film historian/archivist Marc Wanamaker.
3She was awarded 'Best Actress' in 2010 for 'All My Sons' from WhatsOnStage.com.
4She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to drama. She was honorary because she was still an American citizen.
5Received a Tony Award nomination in 2006 for best performance by a featured actress in a play for Awake and Sing!.
6She was nominated for a 1986 New York City Drama Desk Award for featured actress for her performance in a revival of Joe Orton's Loot.
7She was nominated for a 1981 New York City Drama Desk Award for featured actress for her performance in Piaf.
8She was nominated for a 1999 New York City Drama Desk Award for outstanding actress for her performance in Electra.
9She was awarded the 2006 New York City Drama Desk Award for outstanding ensemble performance for the Belasco Theatre production of Awake and Sing!.
10Has been nominated for Tony Awards three times: as best actress (featured role - play), in 1981 for Piaf, and in 1986 for a revival of Joe Orton's Loot; and as best actress (play) in 1999 for portraying the title character in Electra.
11Has dyslexia.
12She was awarded the 1984 London Critics Circle Award (Drama Theatre Award) for best supporting actress in Mother Courage.
13She was born in New York but grew up in England after her father was blacklisted during the McCarthy HUAC hearings.
14She was nominated for a 2002 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress of 2001 for her performance in "Boston Marriage", performed at the Donmar Warehouse and at the New Ambassador's Theatres, London.
15She was awarded the 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress of the 1997 season for her performance in "Electra", at the Donmar Warehouse.
16Zoë became a British Citizen in 2000 so she could receive a CBE at Buckingham Palace rather than, as a US citizen, receive her decoration from the foreign secretary.
17Daughter of Sam Wanamaker and Charlotte Holland


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Captcha2014Short voice
Agatha Christie's Poirot2005-2013TV SeriesAriadne Oliver
Wodehouse in Exile2013TV MovieEthel Wodehouse
Fable: The Journey2012Video GameTheresa (voice)
Playhouse Presents2012TV SeriesThe Woman
My Week with Marilyn2011Paula Strasberg
My Family2000-2011TV SeriesSusan Harper
National Theatre Live: The Cherry Orchard2011Ranyevskaya
Fable III2010Video GameTheresa (voice)
It's a Wonderful Afterlife2010Mrs. Goldman
Fable II2008Video GameTheresa (voice)
The Old Curiosity Shop2007TV MovieMrs. Jarley
Doctor Who2005-2006TV SeriesCassandra
Johnny and the Bomb2006TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Tachyon
A Waste of Shame: The Mystery of Shakespeare and His Sonnets2005TV MovieCountess of Pembroke
The Real Amityville Horror2005TV Movie documentaryNarator
Agatha Christie's Marple2005TV SeriesLetitia Blacklock
Five Children and It2004Martha
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone2001Madame Hooch
The Dark2001Video shortTooth Fairy (voice)
Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years2001TV SeriesTania Braithwaite
Gormenghast2000TV Mini-SeriesClarice Groan
David Copperfield1999TV Mini-SeriesMiss Murdstone
The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns1999TV Mini-SeriesMary Muldoon
Norman Ormal: A Very Political Turtle1998TV MovieNarrator (voice)
Creatures Fantastic1997TV SeriesNarrator (voice)
Great Performances1997TV SeriesPrologue / Herself
A Dance to the Music of Time1997TV Mini-SeriesAudrey Maclintick
Swept from the Sea1997Mary Foster
Wilde1997Ada Leverson 'Sphinx'
The English Wife1995TV MovieCaroline Griveau
Performance1995TV SeriesMrs. Holroyd
Prime Suspect: The Scent of Darkness1995TV MovieMoyra Henson (in photograph) (uncredited)
Love Hurts1992-1994TV SeriesTessa Piggott Tessa Carver
The Blackheath Poisonings1992TV Mini-SeriesCharlotte Collard
Shakespeare: The Animated Tales1992TV Mini-SeriesLady Macbeth
Screenplay1992TV SeriesConnie
Screen Two1992TV SeriesOlive Mannering
Prime Suspect1991TV Mini-SeriesMoyra Henson
Inspector Morse1991TV SeriesEmma Pickford
Theatre Night1990TV SeriesEmilia
Ball-Trap on the Cote Sauvage1989TV MovieSarah Marriot
The Dog It Was That Died1989TV MovieBildebeck
Once in a Life Time1988TV MovieMay Daniels
The Raggedy Rawney1988Elle
Tales of the Unexpected1987TV SeriesMargaret Smythe
Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story1987TV MovieJean Kennerly
Paradise Postponed1986TV Mini-SeriesCharlie Fanner
Edge of Darkness1985TV Mini-SeriesClemmy
Enemies of the State1983TV MovieZdena Tomin
Richard III1983TV MovieLady Anne
Inside the Third Reich1982TV MovieAnnemarie Kempf
Baal1982TV MovieSophie
Strike: The Birth of Solidarity1981TV MovieAlina Pienkowska
Doctor Who1980TV SeriesVillager
The Devil's Crown1978TV SeriesBerengaria of Navarre
BBC Play of the Month1978TV SeriesLucille / Dorinda
A Christmas Carol1977TV MovieBelle
Crown Court1975TV SeriesJoan Carmichael
Village Hall1975TV SeriesShirley Chatsfield
The Confederacy of Wives1975TV MovieCorinna
Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill1974TV Mini-SeriesPearl Craigie
Spy Trap1973TV SeriesMuriel
ITV Saturday Night Theatre1973TV SeriesLorna Green
Between the Wars1973TV SeriesAda Abbott
Late Night Theatre1973TV SeriesAlice
Take Three Girls1971TV SeriesJackie
ITV Sunday Night Drama1971TV SeriesSally
Babs2017TV Movie post-productionJoan Littlewood
Britannia2017TV Series post-productionQueen Antedia
Mr Selfridge2015TV SeriesPrincess Marie

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Handmade: By Royal Appointment2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
Let's Do Christmas with Gino & Mel2014TV SeriesHerself
Ode to Joy2014/IIDocumentary shortHerself (voice)
Muse of Fire2013DocumentaryHerself
Who's Round2013TV SeriesHerself
Natural World1997-2013TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
Pensioners Behind Bars2012TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Mark Lawson Talks to...2012TV SeriesHerself
Mary's Bottom Line2012TV SeriesNarrator
Clinton2012TV Movie documentaryHerself - Narrator (UK version) (voice)
The John Craven Years2011TV Special documentaryHerself - Narrator (voice)
The One Show2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Breakfast2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
This Morning2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
My Week with Marilyn: The Untold Story of an American Icon2011Video documentary shortHerself - Paula Strasberg
Doctor Who Greatest Moments2009TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Who Do You Think You Are?2009TV Series documentaryHerself
Ochberg's Orphans2008Documentary shortNarrator
The 60th Annual Tony Awards2006TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Featured Actress in a Play
Working in the Theatre2006TV Series documentaryHerself - Actor
American Experience2006TV Series documentary
Imagine2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Behind the Scenes: Agatha Christie's Poirot2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 50 Greatest Documentaries2005TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice, as Zoe Wanamaker)
The Kumars at No. 422005TV SeriesHerself
Revealed2005TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
2nd Annual Directors Guild of Great Britain DGGB Awards2005VideoHerself - Sam Mendes Tribute
The Evening Standard British Film Awards2005TV SpecialHerself
Seven Days That Shook the Weathermen2005TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Someone to Watch Over Me2004TV Mini-Series documentaryNarrator
Britain's Best Sitcom2004TV SeriesHerself
The Evening Standard Theatre Awards 20032003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Richard & Judy2001-2003TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Richard II2003TV MovieHerself
Cinema Sex Politics: Bertolucci Makes 'The Dreamers'2003TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Adolf Eichmann - Begegnungen mit einem Mörder2002TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The 53rd Annual Tony Awards1999TV SpecialHerself - Performer & Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Play
The 50th British Academy Film Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Network First1995-1997TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself - Narrator
Conjuring Shakespeare1997TV Mini-Series documentaryNarrator - War!, Girls Who Are Boys, It's a Family Affair, Stormy Weather, Like a Virgin
All Mod Cons1997TV Series documentaryNarrator
Q.E.D.1996TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
The London Programme1993TV SeriesHerself
Comic Relief: The Invasion of the Comic Tomatoes1993TV SpecialHerself
Pebble Mill at One1993TV SeriesHerself
The 40th Annual Tony Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Featured Actress in a Play
The 35th Annual Tony Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Featured Actress in a Play
Omnibus1976TV Series documentary

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Women of Doctor Who2012TV Movie documentaryLady Cassandra (uncredited)
Doctor Who Greatest Moments2009TV Mini-Series documentaryCassandra
The Music of Morse2007TV Movie documentaryEmma Pickford (uncredited)
This Morning2006TV SeriesCassandra
London Labyrinth1993Documentary shortClementine

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011Capri Ensemble Cast AwardCapri, HollywoodMy Week with Marilyn (2011)· Michelle Williams
· Eddie Redmayne
· Julia Ormond
· Kenneth Branagh
· Emma Watson
· Dominic Cooper
· Dougray Scott
· Judi Dench
2005Golden RoseRose d'Or Light Entertainment FestivalBest Sitcom ActressMy Family (2000)
1993Broadcasting Press Guild AwardBroadcasting Press Guild AwardsBest ActressLove Hurts (1992)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleWilde (1997)
1993BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressLove Hurts (1992)
1992BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressPrime Suspect (1991)


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#Quote
1Learning the scripts is agony. Robert Lindsay is very fast. He seems to have a genuinely photographic memory, which is very irritating!
2It's wonderful that a show that's so normal could go on for so long. It's not cutting-edge, but it has still struck a chord, because everyone can sit down and watch it without being offended. It's gentle, warm and loving. (On My Family (2000))
3[Arthur Miller's "All My Sons"] starts quietly, and then just builds. It's just genius writing. You can turn this play on a sixpence! There's so much guilt in it, it's quite Greek - Man or god makes a mistake and it keeps coming back to haunt us.
4One thing we did discuss, before he [father Sam Wanamaker] died, was whether I should take over the Globe. And we agreed 190 per cent that it was not my thing. I don't want to be a director, or to have responsibility for hundreds of people. So that was a relief.
5I did a Who Do You Think You Are? (2004) last year and I was taken to see the FBI files in Washington. Daddy's file, full of bits blanked out, is that thick! I discovered that he must have been tipped off in 1951 that he was going to be subpoenaed by McCarthy's committee, so he took a film job in England, and we came over, Mummy and my elder sister and I, on the Queen Mary.
6On not having children: "And children? 'I don't have any regrets about not having had children. What's the point? It's just something else to beat yourself up over."
7Although actually American - "When in America I feel British, and proud of it!"
8I don't have the confidence to be a personality.

#Trademark
1She has a unique buttoned nose

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