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Zoe Wanamaker
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    (May 13, 1949- )
    Born in New York City, New York
    Daughter of actor Sam Wanamaker
    Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (1976-84)
    Portrayed Susan Harper in 'My Family' (2000-11) and Ariadne Oliver in 'Agatha Christie's Poirot' (2005-13)
    Appeared in the movies 'A Dance to the Music of Time' (1997), 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' (2001) and 'My Week With Marilyn' (2011)
    Appeared on Broadway in 'Piaf' (1981), 'Loot' (1986), 'Electra' (1998-99) and 'Awake and Sing' (2006)
    Became a British citizen (2000)
    Named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to drama (2000)
    She cheated to pass a shorthand course at secretarial school.
    Early in her career, she suffered stage fright severe enough to make her ill.
    She had never read any of Agatha Christie's books until she was cast in 'Poirot.'
    She refused to sign a contract to appear in the second and third 'Harry Potter' films, arguing the actors were underpaid, then complained about her character being dropped from the film series.
    She grew up in England after her father was blacklisted during the McCarthy era.
    She is a patron of Youth Music Theatre: UK and the charity Tree Aid.
    She has been nominated four times for the Tony Award, the top honor in American theater, and nine times for the Olivier Award, the top honor in British theater.
    She said, 'I do enjoy going from one project to another – from serious theatre to sitcom. It’s just a question of pulling out another organ stop.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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