Zoë Tapper

Zoë 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.

Zoë Tapper
Born (1981-10-26) 26 October 1981
Bromley, Greater London, England
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)Oliver Dimsdale
ChildrenAva Dimsdale (born April 2011)

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.[1]


On stage Tapper has appeared in Epitaph for George Dillon in the West End, and Othello at Shakespeare's Globe.

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 Twenty Thousand 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.[2] She played Effie Gray in the BBC Two period drama Desperate Romantics. In 2010, she played Hannah in the BBC television pilot Reunited.

In 2013 Tapper starred as Ellen Love in Mr Selfridge.[3]

Personal life

Tapper has one brother. She and her husband, actor Oliver Dimsdale,[1] have one daughter.[4]


2003The Private Life of Samuel PepysJaneTV film
2004Stage BeautyNell Gwyne
2004Cutting ItNanda LavigneSeries 3 Episode 3
2004HexGemmaRecurring Role
2005Twenty Thousand Streets Under the SkyJenny MapelTV Mini Series
2005JerichoKaren GowlerEpisode 'The Hollow Men'
2005Mrs. Palfrey at the ClaremontGwendolynTV series
2005ShakespeaRE-ToldHermiaEpisode 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
2006Foyle's WarSusan DaviesEpisode 'Invasion'
2006Hotel BabylonMrs RadleySeries 1 Episode 2
2006These Foolish ThingsDiana Shaw
2006A Harlot's ProgressMary CollinsTV Movie
2008The Curse of SteptoeSheila SteafelTV Movie
2008DemonsMina HarkerSeries 1 : 6 Episodes
2008Agatha Christie's MarpleKay StrangeSeries 3 : 1 Episode
2008AffinitySelina Dawes
2009Desperate RomanticsEffie Ruskin / Effie MillaisSeries 1 : 5 Episodes
2008–2010SurvivorsDr. Anya Raczynski12 episodes
2010ReunitedHannahTV Movie
2011ZenDonatella PirottaTV Mini Series, Episode 'Ratking'
2013Mr SelfridgeEllen LoveSeries 1 : 8 Episodes
2013BloodJemma Vern
2014The MusketeersAlice ClerbeauxEpisode: "The Challenge"
2017Safe HouseSam StenhamSeries 2 regular
2017LiarKaty SutcliffeSeries 1 regular
2018 Nightflyers Joy D'Branin Recurring Role

Video games

2019Final Fantasy XIV: ShadowbringersOracle of Light, Theva


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