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Zoe Wanamaker Biography and Filmography
Zoe Wanamaker
Birthday: May 13, 1949
Birth Place: New York, USA
Height: 5' 3"
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As Madame Hooch in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Zoe Wanamaker teaches Harry how to fly on a broomstick. But the magic she works in that popular film is paltry compared with the magic she works on the stage performing in the works of Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, David Mamet, Arthur Miller, and other playwrights. Her starring role in the Sophocles play Electra won her the 1998 Olivier Award as Best Actress. It was her second Olivier in that category, the first coming in 1979 for her role as May Daniels in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of the Moss Hart/George Kaufman play Once in a Lifetime. Wanamaker also earned a 1984 Critics' Circle Theatre Award for her performance in Mother Courage, a 1986 Drama Desk Award for her performance in Loot, a 1992 Broadcasting Press Guild Award for her performance in Countess Alice, and a 2002 Olivier nomination for her performance in Boston Marriage. In addition, she has earned a Golden Globe nomination, two Tony nominations, three British Academy Award nominations, and a Royal Television Society Award for a TV series.Wanamaker was born in New York City on May 13, 1949. She became a Londoner at age three after her father, American actor Sam Wanamaker, moved to England to avoid testifying before the U.S. House Un-American Activities Committee during Senator Joseph McCarthy's communist witch hunt. Because her father was a passionate Shakespeare fan, Zoe Wanamaker grew up with Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, and Cleopatra as playmates while attending the King Alfred School in London. After Sam Wanamaker, a method actor, tutored little Zoe in the subtleties of the performing arts, he sent her to London's Central School of Speech and Drama to perfect her talents, where she studied until 1970. Meanwhile, Sam Wanamaker spearheaded the project to rebuild the Globe Theatre on the South Bank of the River Thames. Although he died before the new Globe was finished, his daughter stood in for him when the playhouse opened in June 1997. In a performance before Queen Elizabeth II, she recited the famous prologue to Shakespeare's Henry V. Most of her acting has been for the stage or television playing a truly diverse collection of characters, including a dog, a leprechaun, Miss Murdstone in David Copperfield, Emilia in Othello, and Lady Anne in Richard III. When she was 45, Wanamaker married actor Gawn Grainger, a native of Ireland, inheriting two stepchildren. Living and acting off and on in England and the U.S. and holding citizenship in both countries, Wanamaker has posed a writing problem for critics: whether to refer to her as an English-American or an American Englishwoman. Probably the best solution is to refer to her as one of the world's finest actresses, and let it go at that.
An Embarrassment of Susans (2006)
Living the Dream (2006)
[ Sean Young ][ Candice Michelle ]
Dentally Unstable (2006)
The Spokes Person (2006)
Johnny and the Bomb (2006)
The End of the World (2005)
A Waste of Shame: The Mystery of Shakespeare and His Sonnets (2005)
[ Anna Chancellor ][ Indira Varma ]
Marple: A Murder Is Announced (2005)
[ Sienna Guillory ][ Keeley Hawes ][ Cherie Lunghi ][ Claire Skinner ][ Frances Barber ]
Five Children and It (2004)
[ Tara Fitzgerald ]
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
[ Emma Watson ][ Maggie Smith ][ Bonnie Wright ][ Julie Walters ][ Fiona Shaw ]
The Dark (2001)
Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years (2001)
[ Helen Baxendale ][ Alison Steadman ][ Sandy Johnson ]
The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns (1999)
[ Whoopie Goldberg ][ Harriet Walters ][ Orla Brady ][ Kyla Irlam ][ Jolijn Spek ]
David Copperfield (1999)
[ Maggie Smith ][ Imelda Staunton ][ Emilia Fox ][ Dawn French ][ Cherie Lunghi ]
Norman Ormal: A Very Political Turtle (1998)
[ Harriet Walters ][ Donna Ewin ]
Swept from the Sea (1997)
[ Rachel Weisz ][ Kathy Bates ]
Wilde (1997)
[ Jennifer Ehle ][ Vanessa Redgrave ][ Jade Parfitt ][ Biddy Hodson ]
Prime Suspect 4: Scent of Darkness (1995)
[ Helen Mirren ]
The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd (1995)
The English Wife (1995)
The Blackheath Poisonings (1992)
[ Jade Parfitt ]
Memento Mori (1992)
[ Maggie Smith ]
The Countess Alice (1992)
Prime Suspect (1991)
[ Helen Mirren ]
Othello (1990)
[ Imogen Stubbs ]
Ball-Trap on the Cote Sauvage (1989)
[ Miranda Richardson ]
The Raggedy Rawney (1988)
The Dog It Was That Died (1988)
Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (1987)
[ Fairuza Balk ][ Farrah Fawcett ][ Brenda Blethyn ][ Miriam Margolyes ][ Anne Francis ]
The Tragedy of Richard the Third (1983)
[ Patsy Kensit ]
Inside the Third Reich (1982)
[ Blythe Danner ][ Elke Sommer ][ Viveca Lindfors ][ Renee Soutendijk ]
Baal (1982)
Tales of the Unexpected (1979)
[ Heather Locklear ][ Sondra Locke ][ Sharon Gless ][ Samantha Eggar ]
A Christmas Carol (1977)
Dead Man's Folly (0)
Mrs. McGinty's Dead (0)
  • Daughter of Sam Wanamaker and Charlotte Holland
  • Though long a resident of the U.K., and with a flawless English accent, Zoe Wanamaker is a U.S. citizen, and thus was given an "honorary" Birthday Honour (C.B.E.) in 2000.
  • Both of her U.S. citizen parents died of cancer.
  • She is related to the former famous department store, Wanamakers. She is actually an American citizen.
  • She was awarded the 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress of the 1997 season for her performance in Electra at the Donmar Warehouse.
  • She 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.
  • She was born in New York but grew up in England after her father was blacklisted during the McCarthy persecutions.
  • She was awarded the 1984 London Critics Circle Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Supporting Actress in Mother Courage.
  • Suffers with dyslexia.
  • Has 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,"
  • She was awarded the 2006 New York City Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance for "Awake and Sing!" at the Belasco Theatre.
  • She was nominated for a 1999 New York City Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress for her performance in "Electra."
  • She was nominated for a 1981 New York City Drama Desk Award for Featured Actress for her performance in "Piaf."
  • She was nominated for a 1986 New York City Drama Desk Award for Featured Actress for her performance in "Loot."
  • Received another Tomay Award nomination in 2006 for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for "Awake and Sing!"

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