Profile: Zoe Wanamaker
As October roars along we get ever closer to the start of Kenneth Branagh’s anticipated season at the Garrick Theatre and one of the shows that heads to the stage at the beginning of the season is Harlequinade and All On Her Own (previews from Saturday 24th October 2015), a double bill with Zoë Wanamaker in a lead role.
With that in mind we thought it was only right that we took a look at the career of the respected performer, whose work has included many appearances on a West End stage, as well as some of the most famous television shows and films.
Wanamaker was born in New York to Canadian and American parents and went to school in London before eventually settling into the acting world by training at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Though she is perhaps best known for her screen work it was the stage that called first and in the early days of her career she could be seen treading the boards at venues like National Theatre and for the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company. It was in these early years that she deservedly earned her first Laurence Olivier Award, for Once In A Lifetime in 1979, and this would be the first of many recognitions that she has received for her work.
As for her screen roles, she appeared in productions from the 1980s onwards, with the likes of Prime Suspect amongst her credits. These days, however, she is best known for the roles of Susan Harper in the series My Family and Madam Hooch in Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone. She has also appeared in Doctor Who, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and Mr Selfridge, to name but a few.
For West End audiences, recent years have provided many opportunities to see the star on one of the capital’s stages, appearing alongside David Suchet in All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre in 2010 and appearing in Passion Play at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 2013.
Next she can be seen in Harlequinade/All On Her Own as part of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season at the Garrick Theatre (other shows this season include The Painkiller and The Winter’s Tale) from Saturday 7th November 2014 (previews from Saturday 24th October 2015).