Zoë Wanamaker stars in "My Week with Marilyn," opposite Michelle Williams and Eddie Redmayne, as Paula Strasberg.

Born in New York, Zoë Wanamaker had to move to London with her family the age of three, because her father, the actor/director Sam Wanamaker, was blacklisted during the McCarthy witch-hunts. Her mother, Charlotte Holland, was an actress and radio star; when they came to London she left work so she could take care of her family. Wanamaker comes from a Russian-Jewish background. She recently revisited her family's past in BBC1's "Who Do You Think You Are?" which explored her father's decision to flee from the U.S.

Wanamaker was the first person to appear and speak on stage at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on the South Bank of the River Thames in London, when it was opened by Queen Elizabeth in June 1997. This was thanks largely to the dedication of her father, Sam Wanamaker who, for 30 years, spearheaded the project to develop the new Globe Theatre. She read a passage from Shakespeare's "Henry V. "Her father, who died in 1994, never lived to see it completed. She remains a trustee of the Globe Theatre.

After spending three years at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Wanamaker went straight into stage work, before moving into television where she has become a well known face in the U.K. She is most recognized for her recent starring role as Susan Harper in the BBC sitcom "My Family," opposite Robert Lindsay. She is also known for her role as Tessa Piggott in "Love Hurts," opposite Adam Faith in the early 1990s. She won the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actress and was nominated for a BAFTA Award in 1992 for her work. She was previously nominated in the same category a year earlier for "Prime Suspect."

On the big screen, Wanamaker was seen in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," as Madam Hooch, and starred in "Wilde," for which she received a BAFTA nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

On stage, Wanamaker won an Olivier Award for her 1979 performance in "Once In a Lifetime" and a second for Sophocles' "Electra" in 1997. She has received Tony Award nominations for her performances in "Piaf," "Loot," "Electra" and "Awake and Sing!

In 2000 she was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by the Queen.

Wanamaker has done extensive work for charity, including reporting from South Africa on Ethiopia's economic crisis in 1993 for Comic Relief. She also worked as Honorary Vice-President of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society.


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Age: 68 years old
Birthday: May 13, 1949
Height: 5' 3 ½"
Birthplace: New York
Husband: Gawn Grainger

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