Zoë Wanamaker: Older actresses are more interesting and have more to offer

"It's difficult to get work as I age, but it is always thus. The young look nicer but older women are more interesting with more to offer and better stories to tell"

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Zoë Wanamaker has revealed she finds it increasingly difficult to find roles for her age, but believes that older actresses have more to offer than their younger counterparts. 

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“It’s difficult to get work as I age, but it is always thus.” she told the new edition of Radio Times, “Even Shakespeare stopped writing about women while his men aged. The young look nicer but older women are more interesting with more to offer and better stories to tell. 

“It’s similar in politics: there aren’t many women because they find the fighting a bit galling and give up. It’s a man’s club and that must be difficult. I hope it will change because womens’ voices are very important and they are – sweeping generalisation – better at judging people as human beings.”

The 64-year-old, who appears opposite David Suchet in Agatha Christie’s Poirot next week, played Madame Hooch in the Harry Potter film franchise, and landed one of her most successful roles in recent years, playing Susan Harper opposite Robert Lindsay in My Family between 2000 and 2011. 

“The first scripts were very good,” she said of the BBC sitcom. “Some of the later ones weren’t, but that’s inevitable when they’re being bashed out on the hoof.

“It was popular because a husband and wife married for 25 years still wanted sex. That’s healthy, something to be optimistic about. Here’s hoping.” 

Read the full interview in the new edition of Radio Times, available from Tuesday and priced £1.60. 

 


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