Zoë Wanamaker

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Zoë Wanamaker CBE (born 13 May 1949) is an American-British actor. She has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company; in films, including the Harry Potter series; and in a great number of television productions, including a long-time role as Susan Harper in the sitcom My Family.


Early life and family

Wanamaker was born in New York City, the daughter of Canadian-born actress and radio performer Charlotte Holland, and American-born actor, film director, and radio producer Sam Wanamaker, who decided not to return to the United States after being blacklisted in 1952.[1]

Wanamaker's parents were Jewish, though she was raised without religion.[2] Her family originated in Ukraine.[3] The BBC documentary Who Do You Think You Are? broadcast on 24 February 2009, revealed that Wanamaker's paternal grandfather Maurice Wanamaker (originally Manus Watmacher) was a tailor (born 1895) in Nikolaev in what is now Ukraine.

Wanamaker was educated at the independent King Alfred School in Hampstead, London and at Sidcot School, a Quaker boarding school in Somerset. She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.[4]

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