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 (age 39)
Bromley, Greater London, England
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)Oliver Dimsdale
ChildrenAva Dimsdale (born April 2011)

Early life and educationEdit

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 lifeEdit

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


Year Film Role Notes
2003 The Private Life of Samuel Pepys Jane TV film
2004 Stage Beauty Nell Gwyne
2004 Cutting It Nanda Lavigne Series 3 Episode 3
2004 Hex Gemma Recurring Role
2005 Twenty Thousand 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 The 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
2008 Affinity Selina Dawes
2009 Desperate Romantics Effie Ruskin / Effie Millais Series 1 : 5 Episodes
2008–2010 Survivors Dr. Anya Raczynski 12 episodes
2010 Reunited Hannah TV Movie
2010 Baseline Jessica
2011 Zen Donatella Pirotta TV Mini Series, Episode 'Ratking'
2013 Mr Selfridge Ellen Love Series 1 : 8 Episodes
2013 Blood Jemma Vern
2014 The Musketeers Alice Clerbeaux Episode: "The Challenge"
2017 Safe House Sam Stenham Series 2 regular
2017 Liar Katy Sutcliffe Series 1 regular
2018 Nightflyers Joy D'Branin Recurring Role

Video gamesEdit

Year Game Role Notes
2019 Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Oracle of Light, Theva


  1. ^ a b Didcock, Barry. "Free spirit: Zoe Tapper". Sunday Herald. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
  2. ^ Cult | Demons | Characters | Mina Harker – ITV Drama Archived 4 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Zoe Tapper: I kept getting cast as bawdy wenches and harlots". The Daily Telegraph. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  4. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1483730/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

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