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26 October 1981 |
Bromley, Greater London, England
|Other names||Zoë Tapper|
|Children||Ava Dimsdale (born April 2011)|
Zoe Tapper (born 26 October 1981) is an English actress who first came to prominence playing Nell Gwynne in Richard Eyre's award-winning film Stage Beauty in 2004. She is known for portraying Anya Raczynski in Survivors and Mina Harker in Demons.
Early life and education
Tapper was born in Bromley, South East London. She trained at the Academy Drama School and the Central School of Speech and Drama, from which she graduated in the spring of 2003, days before taking on her first film role.
Following her film debut in Stage Beauty, Tapper played Gwendolyn in Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005), alongside Joan Plowright, and Diana Shaw in These Foolish Things (2006), alongside Anjelica Huston.
Her television credits include Mary Collins in A Harlot's Progress for Channel 4, Jane in Oliver Parker's The Private Life of Samuel Pepys, Gemma in the first series of the Sky One drama Hex and Jenny Maple in the BBC miniseries 20,000 Streets Under the Sky. She also played Hermia in ShakespeaRe-Told: A Midsummer Night's Dream, the 2005 BBC adaptation/modernisation of Shakespeare's play of the same name.
In 2008 Tapper portrayed Sheila Steafel in the BBC television play The Curse of Steptoe and Anya Raczynski in the BBC remake of Survivors, alongside Max Beesley, Paterson Joseph and Julie Graham. She also played Selina Dawes in the ITV adaptation of the novel Affinity, opposite Anna Madeley as Margaret Prior. It premiered at the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and in the UK on 28 December 2008 on ITV.
In 2009 she appeared in the ITV fantasy drama series Demons as blind vampire-turned-monster hunter Mina Harker. She played Effie Gray in the BBC Two period drama Desperate Romantics. In 2010, she played Hannah in the BBC television pilot Reunited.
|2003||The Private Life of Samuel Pepys||Jane||TV film|
|2004||Stage Beauty||Nell Gwyne|
|2004||Cutting It||Nanda Lavigne||Series 3 Episode 3|
|2005||20,000 Streets Under the Sky||Jenny Mapel||TV Mini Series|
|2005||Jericho||Karen Gowler||Episode 'The Hollow Men'|
|2005||Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont||Gwendolyn||TV series|
|2005||ShakespeaRE-Told||Hermia||Episode 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'|
|2006||Foyle's War||Susan Davies||Episode 'Invasion'|
|2006||Hotel Babylon||Mrs Radley||Series 1 Episode 2|
|2006||These Foolish Things||Diana Shaw|
|2006||A Harlot's Progress||Mary Collins||TV Movie|
|2008||Curse of Steptoe, TheThe Curse of Steptoe||Sheila Steafel||TV Movie|
|2008||Demons||Mina Harker||Series 1 : 6 Episodes|
|2008||Agatha Christie's Marple"||Kay Strange||Series 3 : 1 Episode|
|2009||Desperate Romantics||Effie Ruskin / Effie Millais||Series 1 : 5 Episodes|
|2008–2010||Survivors||Dr. Anya Raczynski||12 episodes|
|2011||Zen||Donatella Pirotta||TV Mini Series, Episode 'Ratking'|
|2013||Mr Selfridge||Ellen Love||Series 1 : 8 Episodes|
|2014||The Musketeers||Alice Clerbeaux||Episode: "The Challenge"|
- Didcock, Barry. "Free spirit: Zoe Tapper". Sunday Herald. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
- Cult | Demons | Characters | Mina Harker – ITV Drama Archived February 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Zoe Tapper: I kept getting cast as bawdy wenches and harlots". Telegraph.co.uk. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2016.