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Zoe Wanamaker Biography

Updated On 26 Feb, 2018 Published On 26 Feb, 2018
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Facts of Zoe Wanamaker

Date of Birth :
Age : 73 years old
Family Name : Wanamaker
Birth Country : United States
Birth Sign : Taurus
Height : 5 Feet 3 Inch

Relationship short Statistics of Zoe Wanamaker

What is Zoe Wanamaker marital status ? ( married,single, in relation or divorce): Married
How many children does Zoe Wanamaker have ? (name): 0 Children
Is Zoe Wanamaker having any relationship affair ?: No
Is Zoe Wanamaker Lesbian ? No

Oliver Award-winning British actress, Zoe Wanamaker debuted in acting from theater plays. She started doing on-screen roles from the 1970s. Some of her popular works include: My Family, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, Wilde and Love Hurts among others. Wanamaker is married to her British stage and screen actor, Gawn Grainger. Till today, she has no children of her own. However, has two step-children from her husbands previous marriage.

Early Life And Education

Zoe Wanamaker was born on 13th May 1949 in New York City under the birth sign Taurus. Wanamaker holds both American & British nationality and belongs to Mix ethnicity. She is the daughter of American actor and director, Sam Wanamaker (Ukrainian descent) and Canadian actress and radio performer, Charlotte Holland. She has two siblings- Jessica Wanamaker and Abby Wanamaker.

In 1952, while working in the UK, Wanamaker father’s found out that he was blacklisted. Therefore, her family moved to the UK and decided to not return to the USA.

Wanamaker attended King Alfred School in Hempstead and a Quaker boarding school named Sidcot School at Somerset. Later, she joined Hornsey College of Art for the Pre-Diploma Course. She also trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.


Zoe Wanamaker, at the initial phase of her acting career, worked in several theatre plays. Wanamaker also appeared in several hit movies and series which helped her gain a huge fan following.


Wanamaker became the member of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1976 to 1984. She won an Oliver Award after her mesmerizing performance in Once In a Life Time and a second for Sophocles’ Electra.

In 1985, Wanamaker appeared as Verdi’s wife in the original production of After Aida. She also acted in the National Theater's production, Much Ado About Nothing

In 1997, Wanamaker became the first person to speak about, Shakespeare’s Globe on stage. She then became Honorary President of the Globe. In 2010, she worked in Arthur Miller’s All My Son at the Apollo Theater in London.

Wanamaker’s latest stage performances include Terence Rattigan’s All On Her Own at the Garrick Theatre in 2015.

Movies And Series

Wanamaker started performing on screen in 1971 from the TV series, ITV Sunday Night Drama. The same year, she worked in the series, Take Three Girls. In 1988, she appeared in her first movie, The Raggedy Rawney.

Wanamaker became notable after her role in the BBC TV production, Edge of Darkness where she appeared alongside Mel Gibson, Bojana Novakovic, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston and Shawn Roberts among others.

Wanamaker then appeared in several TV series including Love Hurts, Great Performances, All Mod Cons, Wodehouse in Exile, and The Old Curiosity Shop among others. Some of her movies include Wilde, Amy Foster, Five Children & It and Babs among others.

Some of her other appearances include

1. Wilde (1997)

2. Love Hurts (1992-1994)

  • Cast Members = Adam Faith, Jane Lapotaire, Tony Selby, Robin Weaver and Richard Cordery among others.
  • IMDB rating =7.5.

3. Mr. Selfridge (2015)

  • Cast Members = Jeremy Piven, Katherine Kelly, Amanda Abbington, Tom Goodman-Hill and Amy Beth among others.
  • IMDB rating = 7.7.

As of 2018, Wanamaker starred in the British historical fantasy Britannia by Jez Butterworth and British drama, Girlfriend by Kay Mellor.

Awards And Nominations

Some of the awards Zoe Wanamaker won are:

  • 1979 = Oliver Awards for Once in a Lifetime.
  • 1998 = Oliver Awards for Electra.

Her nominated awards include Tony Awards, BAFTA Film Awards, BAFTA TV Awards, and Drama Desk Awards among others.

Net Worth

Zoe Wanamaker has an estimated net worth of hundred thousand. However, the exact amount is not confirmed yet.

Some of her movies that made a good collection at the box office are,

1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

  • Budget = $125 million.
  • Box Office Collectiom= $974.8 million.
  • IMDB rating = 7.6.
  • Cast members = Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Alan Rickman, and Matthew Lewis among others.

2. My Week with Marilyn (2011) = $35 million.

Wanamaker owns an Audi which costs around $31,950 to $177,100.

Since 1997, she has been the patron of the UK charity, Tree Aid (international development organization that focuses on unlocking the potential of trees and reduce poverty).

Personal Life

Zoe Wanamaker is married but has no children of her own. Wanamaker married Gawn Grainger in 1994 in an intimate ceremony. Her husband is a British screen and a stage actress. She is the mother of two step-children, Charlie Grainger and Eliza Grainger from her husband’s first marriage.

Wanamaker is one of nine presidents of The Young People’s Trust for the Environment. She is also a patron of Dignity in Dying, Youth Music Theater: the UK and of the Young Actors’ Theater. She is a supporter of Survival International’s campaign to save the natives tribes of Brazil.

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Zoe Wanamaker Married

First Marriage with Gawn Grainger

In November 1994, Zoe Wanamaker got married to actor, Gawn Grainger. The couple has no children of their own. However, Wanamaker has two step-children from her husband's previous marriage.

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